On The Other Guys Dime

There are a lot of blogs out there (what I call the wandering nomad style) describing people who sell their house, quit their job, leave behind all their belongs and move to Bhutan, Bali, or Bombay for a few years to "scratch that travel itch."  Well those stories are a lot of fun and make for some great reading, but in all honesty they do not apply to us.  Most people, myself included, have home, family, and employment comittments that make it impossible to pick up and leave home for years at a time.  But that does not mean we don't have a similar travel itch.  So, what to do?  How to have an overseas cultural experience without having to either quit our day job or empty our savings accounts?

My wife and I have found what we believe to be a reasonable answer:  working vacations.  These are paid, short-term overseas jobs, usually lasting from 2 to 6 months, taken during summer vacations (if you are a teacher/academic/professor), sabbaticals, or unpaid leaves of absence.  While a few months may not offer as much opportunity for cultural immersion as a few years, it can provide you and your family with a memorable cultural experience.  My wife and I have been on 15 of these working vacations--Australia to Zimbabwe, Mauritius to Mongolia--with many more on the way. And, best of all, we travel "on the other guy's dime."

If you are a skilled professional with a marketable skill, you might want to consider this "middle ground" cultural travel model.  I invite you to check out my blog, otherguysdime.wordpress.com to read about how have been able to manage these trips and how you can do it too. 

 

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Dear Reader,

I will be at the New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center signing copies of my new book, On The Other Guys Dime: A Professional's Guide to Traveling Without Paying.  I will be at the on-site Border's Book Exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 26th at 11:30am and again on Sunday, Feb. 27th, at 12:30PM.  If you live in the NYC metropolitan area of wil be in the city on those dates, please stop by for a visit. I would love to chat with you more about the concept of a working vacation and how to locate, plan, and take one for yourself.

Michael Schneider

 WWW.SABBATICALHOMES.COM

This is a great website where you can find anything from short to longer term rentals around the world, I have been using this site for some years with a pretty good track record. my site is for my home in Italy,            www.sabbaticalhomes.com/38323

I have had great renters and sitters stay with me since I listed - at least 5 years ago.

On the site you will find a page where you can list if you are a traveler looking for a place, and also if you have a home to either rent or for which you need a tenant or sitter. It attracts generally people who want to stay abroad longer.

Great site.

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