The feeling of Wanderlust is amazing, but it often leads to complete and utter frustration for those of us who are chained to a demanding full-time desk job. Reading travel blogs and following the social media accounts of people who travel full time often makes that frustration worse, causing deeper resentment towards our jobs more and more with each passing day. I should know, as I’m a born traveler who has been stuck in a stressful corporate desk job for the past 20 years. It’s a dry mid-management position which could easily eat up all of my spare time if I let it, but I refuse to end up like the zombies I see here at the office who have no passion in life outside of work.
Long ago I made the conscious decision to travel more and work less by reprioritizing everything going on in my life. I am in complete control of my time (no matter how much my manager would like to think otherwise), and I have been able to travel frequently – often several times a month – since figuring it all out many years ago.
To put that in better context, here is a map of all the travel that I’ve done over the past 20 years while working in a demanding 50+ hour per week desk job. Absolutely none of this was business travel:
Every single one of those journeys was driven by my desire to get out there and experience something other than the things I encounter at work on a daily basis. This map represents approximately 75,000 miles of travel per year, which could be easily doubled if I didn’t have any desire to spend some relaxing time at home as well. But still – 75,000 miles of personal travel every year quenches my wanderlust in a very satisfying way.
Every day I receive messages from other wannabe travelers who always ask the same question:
Scott, how is it possible to travel as much as you without getting fired?
To be quite honest, the answer is a lot easier than most people think. It’s so easy, as a matter of fact that I decided to write an e-book about it.
The inspiration you need in order to escape work so that you can travel more
Cleared for Takeoff is an e-book 20 years in the making, in which I list all of my tips and tricks for traveling the world on a frequent basis, while at the same time maintaining success back home in the office (and at home). Finding the ultimate work/life balance has been a passion of mine ever since I started working in the corporate world 20 years ago, and I believe that my own experiences outlined in the book will inspire you to rebalance your own life.
The chapter list:
- How bad do you want it?
- Stop trying to be a superstar at the office!
- The art of pushing back at work
- Create opportunities
- Converting your desk job into a travel job
- The best travel jobs
- Warning – business travel sucks
- 3 more big sacrafices you can make to travel more
- Keep your trips short and focused
- Be productive while traveling
- Keep looking at the big picture
Isn’t it about time to start thinking about the relationship between work and personal travel in a completely different way?