What could be better than a one-week, one-month, or even one-year excursion to some exotic locale? That’s easy—having someone else pay for it. This sounds a bit cheeky, even a tad unsavory, but it’s a realistic and attainable goal for high school and university faculty, as well as skilled professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, lawyers, engineers, scientists, government officials, and business specialists. It is also an option for retirees healthy enough for long-term travel. I can personally attest to this assertion having made more than a dozen overseas jaunts in the last three decades without once having to pay my own way.
As I did more and more overseas work, I accumulated a wealth of practical knowledge about how to locate the best opportunities, negotiate terms of the visit, rent our home, find housing and transportation in the host country, and travel easily and safely with young children. Curious, not to mention jealous, colleagues began asking questions about these trips, so I would relate my stories and explain how they could create their own adventures to their own dream destinations.
I often wondered why more academics, professionals, and retirees, many with résumés and reputations far more impressive than mine, did not take greater advantage of these no-cost travel and work opportunities—and that is how this blog was born. It will be a travel memoir where I share stories about some of our memorable adventures. It will also be a “how-to” guide passing on the skills I acquired over the years—the ability to locate overseas opportunities and the knowledge to turn that information into reality.
My goal for this blog is to share with you what I have accomplished and motivate you to try it yourself—to live and work abroad, have some fun and adventure, and grow professionally, culturally, and intellectually—all on the other guy’s dime.