Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Can you really just take off for a year of travelling?

The answer is an emphatic yes. When we tell people about our plans, we invariably hear one of two responses: 1) Isn't that going to hurt your career? or 2) I have always wanted to do this and I will now live vicariously through your blog. So I'd like to take this opportunity to respond to both of these statements.

First, we do have some friends who have taken similar long trips - they are all gainfully employed and did not encounter difficulties finding new positions when they returned from their travels. In fact, it seems that during many of their interviews post-travel, their interviewers were so distracted and jealous about their travels that they talked more about their international vacation experiences than their previous job experiences. A nice way to break the ice and connect with people for sure. And frankly, if someone is going to be a stick-in-the mud about taking some time off to enjoy life, they're probably not an employer that I'd be happy working for.

Second, you don't need to live vicariously through our blog - you should make it a goal that you are going to do this at some point in your life if it's something you really value. There will probably never be a 'perfect' time to do something like this, and there will always be reasons or difficulties or fears, but make it a high enough priority and you will make time.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds awesome. I actually bought an Element in the beginning of May and having been living in it full time since May 13th. I was just up in the bay area shooting a wedding.. It helps to have a nationwide YMCA membership :)

    I'm not traveling full time - I mostly live in San Diego - but it's allowed me to be free to experiment with photography and work part time without financial worries. It's kind of luxurious actually...

    Good luck on your travels

    rishi o.
    www.rishio.com

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  2. Hi Rishi,
    Sounds like you're having a great time - we hope to end up in San Diego ourselves once we're done with our travels - keep your eyes peeled for the blue element with the white top!

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  3. Yes - hope to meet up with you guys someday. I'm building a new sleeping platform in my element myself and this weekend it will be finished and have my own blog about this in the blog section of my website. Here's the first blog:

    http://www.rishio.com/blog/2008/06/in-my-element-part-1.html

    cheers

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