Another example of how you can travel and see the world, but also maintain a career back at home—I interviewed Menorca, the gal behind the blog, Europe Diaries who works full-time in Switzerland. Prior to working in Switzerland, Menorca studied in Germany, which is where her love for travel blossomed and so did her blog. Find out what Menorca had to say about balancing a career and seeing the world…
The field I work in is in Parkinson research where I am basically involved in data analysis and get to work with doctors, psychologists, as well as computer scientists! I also do some freelance work and blogging on the side.
Annually, we are allowed to take 25 days of vacations, apart from public holidays, but, it is also possible to take more days off if one needs to. Plus, business trips and conferences don’t count as days off of course :)!
I actually try taking short trips every one to two months. I have an advantage right now, as I’m staying in Europe, where traveling between countries is quite easy. Plus, I visit India for about 3-4 weeks every year.
Well, if I’d want to go backpacking around the world for half a year, that would be difficult to plan out at this point, but I’m glad that I can take several short trips throughout the year and also get to see several places because of work and conferences. I often plan travels by considering long weekends or combining public holidays with a few work days, or even extending work trips. So, I don’t really feel limited to travelling because of my job.
Not really but I do find it hard to unplug from blogging related work while travelling!
I don’t know what I would decide later in life, but as of now, I enjoy working apart from travelling, and seeing my long years of study put into use by working in a challenging field. I hope my work can make a difference and contribute significantly to science, plus there are many skills I am continuously learning, that will be helpful for any career change I plan in the future. I also find it fascinating to see the results that come out of all my hard work, whether successful or not so successful. One is pushed further into critical thinking and coming up with new ideas.
I think travelling is definitely vital for having a better perspective of the world we live in, to understand yourself and others better, for getting out of your comfort zone and exploring. There is no right way to travel; that’s what I feel, but I always would want travel to be a part of my life on top of my work.
Honestly, it was the city of Heidelberg (Germany) that inspired me to do so. I was interning there for six months, and that was a sort of turning point in my life. I fell in love with the city, met some very inspiring people, started exploring my passions and capabilities, and decided to have another outlet for being creative and expressing my thoughts. My first entry was my very first poem, dedicated to the city.
Go for it! Try combining work and travel, plan in advance, manage your work well (keep deadlines in mind while planning to travel), find out the rules for sabattical/holidays/paid and unpaid holidays from your human resources team, so that you can make informed decisions. If you are switching careers or making a transition, you can also take the opportunity to take an extended break and go travel!