||TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
Oh now this is a question dear to my heart, as I am sure it is to yours, fellow diehard travelers.
I came across a blog on Lonely Planet asking the question, “Travel vs. career — does it have to be one or the other?”
So, it got me thinking. Yes, sometimes it feels that it does. I’ve been in situations in past jobs eyeballs deep in work and steadily pumping out words just trying to get through the day.
Sure, Dawn of the Dead is a fun cult classic, but that doesn't mean we want to live like zombies. Best way for de-zombie-fying and stirring up the daily grind? One word: Travel.
And, depending upon where you work, for some, a typical day can seem like climbing up a steep mountain with a year’s worth of supplies on your back, with no sherpa in sight to help lighten the load or give you directions.
This is a very modern problem. Work-life balance getting increasingly more lopsided, falling in favour of the former. How do you take your time, space, life and travels back? Or, do we simply just accept that the modern work climate is about more for less, squeezing the last of the juice droplets out of the lemon?
Personally, I think the sacrifice is too great. Without balance, exploration and new inspiration, we fizzle out and become pulse-free zombies. Live adventurously, is what I always say. Heck, what do you have to lose?
At the end of your life, when you look back at it, do you think you’ll remember that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday tied to a cubicle or the grand adventure that took you up in the sky, for a dip in the ocean and, yes, climbing up a steep mountain … with some help from a kindly sherpa, of course.
Tell me your thoughts. Does it have to be one or the other? Can’t we have it all?
Date Added: January 14, 2011 | Comments (2)
Does it have to be work or travel?
Somehow the two go hand in hand: you need to work to pay for the travel. So far, that is what I have done.
Once I retire (next year hopefully) then I hope to spend more time travelling. I will need all the tips I can get on how to travel on a small budget because retirement means less earning. Hopefully you will provide help in that regard.
Comment by Dominique Boucher — January 15, 2011 @ 12:51 pm
You should read Vawn’s blog this week – she just posted it and it’s all about traveling well on small budgets …
Comment by TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels — January 18, 2011 @ 11:32 am