If you’re a spirit who love to travel then you are probably dreaming of traveling the world. You want to see all the great sights of the world –mountains, beaches, ruins, great cities- and simply be there to experience them. However, there never seems to be enough time to do that. Even if you do manage to get away once a year the dread of having to go back home before getting the chance to experience everything a place has to offer makes you miserable.
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If your job is holding you back from doing the traveling that you dream of, you’re not alone. Plenty of people skip out on traveling or let their dreams pass them by, for fear of losing their jobs or not having the stability they’re used to.
Fortunately for you though, a lot of employers are starting to rethink the typical 9 to 5, office cubicle type of work setup. From 2005 to 2013, the number of people who consider "teleworking" a perk grew up to 80 percent. That "teleworking" situation can take on many different forms, but the bottom line is this: A lot of people are now doing something besides showing up to the office every day, and they’re still getting work done. Not only that, but they are also able to spend their time off in exotic locales. While it’s true that your boss is probably going to want you to continue working if you’re going to continue being employed, there are ways to get creative in order to see something else in the world other than your dark grey corner that is your office cubicle.
If you dream of setting up a laptop next to a sunny pool in the tropics, or you’re aiming to work from the top of a skyscraper in one of the world’s great cities, these are some of the ways you might be able to make it happen:
1. Study Abroad on the Company's Dime
Some companies see valuable employees as assets that they want to keep and develop, and they’re willing to invest in your education to help you keep growing and contributing more. If your company already has a tuition matching program, it may also be willing to fund you (or at least partly) to go back to school to study something that the company needs. If your company deals with Chinese companies, for example, it may be in need of professionals who speak Chinese -the perfect opportunity to ask them to sponsor you to go and study in China.
2. Take Short Trips
If you’re stuck in your job and you can’t quit or you can’t afford to, another option may be to take really short vacations to global locations. Look for the "free" days that you get, beyond your regular vacation time, such as national holidays, for example, and then use those days to your full advantage. If you have a national holiday that falls on a Friday, for example, you could leave Thursday night and come back Monday night forcing you to take just one vacation day. You might only get three nights in the foreign location, but it will be enough to get to know one city or one beach. Repeat that process throughout the year and you’ll have taken a lot of fun short foreign vacations.
3. Transfer to a New Location Within the Company
If you work for a national or international company, there’s always a chance you could work the same job somewhere else in the world. This is especially possible if you already have the language skills necessary to work in one of the foreign offices. With your new location in another place, you’ll have the chance to get out and see the sights and to explore the wider region, while still drawing your comfortable salary. It can take some time to set this up, but in the best-case scenario, your employer will even pay for relocation expenses. The first step is to let your employer know that you’re looking to make an international move, so that he knows to think of you when something pops up.
4. Make Your Job Involve Travel
If you’re willing to wait and to invest in a new future, the other option is to apply for a new position within your company, meaning one that allows to you to travel on the company dime. Ask the people who already work in that department to let you shadow them or work with them on the side so you can learn the ropes, and eventually you may be the one who gets hired.
If your company doesn’t already deal internationally, look for opportunities to help the company expand into new markets. Come up with a solid plan that details how your company can break into that international market, and you may be the one who’s doing the traveling to make it happen.
5. Push for the Telecommute
When it comes to living and working abroad and still earning the money that you’re used to, working remotely is something of the gold standard. So long as you’re able to do all the tasks that relate to your work, there’s often no reason that you can’t work from home, or from your new home abroad. Everyone from writers and creative professionals to marketers and designers do it all the time. If your work mostly consists of being on the phone or computer, you’re probably an ideal candidate for telecommuting.
These days, employers see it as a way to save money too. Since you’re working from somewhere else, they’re not going to have to pay for the electricity it takes to power your computer, the office space it takes to house your cubicle, or all of the other small expenses that come with running an office. Employers who are truly professional will even offer to reimburse you for your Internet service, your mobile phone, the software you’ll need on your home computer, and other expenses that come with setting up a home office. The way these employers see it, they’re still saving money, while they are also allowing you to be more productive, since you’ll no longer have to contend with a long commute in order to get started on your work for the day.
If you’re not already telecommuting or you don’t already have a telecommuting option available at your workplace, the best thing to do is to come prepared when you make your request. Create a presentation that helps your boss see how much they can save by allowing you to work from home and how you’ll stay accountable. For example, you might ask your boss to let you try it out, with the promise that you’ll take on an additional responsibility or that you’ll have certain quotas to meet to prove that you’re doing what you should be doing.
You might also ease into it, in the hopes of working up to telecommuting full-time. Ask your boss to let you work remotely one or two days a week, and then slowly add more days until you’re able to work all of your time elsewhere. At that point, you’re in a perfect position to start making your escape into the great wide world.
While some of these ideas won’t work in all cases, you really don’t know until you ask. If the world is calling, be bold and look for creative ways to get paid and still get to see it. If you can think of any other ways to travel the world without getting fired or having to quit your job please share with us in the comment section below.