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Highlights of Travel and Travails

by Dee Andrews

ProBlogger is one of my favorite websites for learning about blogging. A few months ago, Darren Rowse issued a challenge to create a blog post with seven specific links that highlight your blogging experience – the 7-Link Challenge. It was a great way to review my travels and posts from the past two years. Here are my highlights:

1. My first ever blog postFamily Meetings. In January, 2008 I started writing about our intention to move to Spain for a year. Sieze el Dia was the blog I started then to recount the ups and downs (i.e. travels and travails) of our adventures. And there were travails from the start. One of the biggest was the stress our daughters had over selling our house. I think once that happened, they realized we were serious about this move! The post sums up our first family meeting and the baby-steps it took to get our daughters excited.

That Way to Timbuktu

That Way to Timbuktu

2. The post I enjoyed writing the mostWhere is Timbuktu? Do you know? I do now thanks to our travels to Morocco. And, no, Timbuktu is NOT in Morocco.

3. A post which had a great discussionBeing a Tourist. What do you find fascinating about other cultures; what do you think foreigners find interesting about the United States? A great exercise in exploring new places and seeing the familiar through others’ eyes.

4. A post on another blog I wish I’d writtenThe Mental Shift to Begin the Redesign at Almost Fearless. I have followed this blog for several years and love the philosophy on life and travel and following your dreams. Yes, you can do it too, and Christine talks you through it.

5. A post with a title I’m proud ofDiscovering Love in Barcelona. Not very keyword friendly… I’m never going to rank high for Barcelona or love… but I did find an old love there; it’s just probably not who the reader expects.

Laundry Line in Italy

Laundry Line in Italy

6. The post I wish more people had readLife on the Laundry Line. I love laundry and the stories it tells. What stories would your clothes tell if they were hanging out your window?

7. My most visited post everOne Year Abroad This is an overview of our year living in Spain. It was hard to capture a year in words… I mean it’s a blog post, not a novel… I find people are still interested in why and where we moved to Spain for a year. The traffic keeps coming even though our year is long over. I hope it continues to inspire.

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G. Michael Schneider November 11, 2010 at 9:38 am

On virtually all the travel blogs that I have read there is the assumption that to take a short-term career break you must be:

1) unemployed
2) laid off
3) ready to sell the house and quit a job that you hate
4) independently wealthy

Well, there is another group that would love a career break but which is thoroughly unserved by all those blogs. These are professionals, like myself, who love their job, love their home, and love their existing life, but would also love to take a short-term overseas sabbatical to get away and try something different. They want a break from their regular routine and a chance for some cultural immersion. However, when it is all over they want to return to their regular life and their current job.

This is exactly what I have done 14 separate time, from Australia to Zimbabwe, Mauritius to Mongolia, never once reaching into my wallet and never once quitting my day job. These cultural experiences have lasted anywhere from 1 to 8 months.

I invite you to check out my blog “On The Other Guys Dime” to learn how any professional with a useful, marketable skill can do the same thing that I have done. I also invite you to take a look at my new book, On The Other Guy’s Dime: A Professional’s Guide To Traveling Without Paying (Itasca Books, ISBN 978-1-934690-40-6) for some how-to advice on doing exactly the same thing yourself.

Dee Andrews November 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

Congratulations Michael on finding a way to make this work for your family! I look forward to reading more of you blog and book. It sounds like your skills as a professor and affiliations with many universities have combined to give you opportunities to live abroad on “the other guy’s dime.”

I applaud the endeavor how ever it works best for each individual and family. My husband and I knew upon our return that we wanted to craft location-independent jobs as much as we could to help facilitate future moves, but that does not always work for everyone’s skills and needs. I look forward to learning more about which professions and marketable skills can be leveraged into a short-term overseas post. Thanks for sharing!

~ Dee

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