A Professional’s Guide To No-Cost Travel

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.

A Camel Safari in the Gobi Desert During Our No-Cost Trip to Mongolia

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.

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5 responses to “A Professional’s Guide To No-Cost Travel

  1. Sounds like it will be a good blog. My husband and I love to travel internationally and this has definitely piqued my interest.

  2. It’s now been 17 years since I left the States for a one year stint with UMUC Europe teaching in the European Division — somehow I forgot to go back to the States, although I make three or four trips per year.

    I did something that most Americans here don’t do — I worked on language skills and became a part of the local community! Contrary to popular opinion not everyone speaks English, but they are more than willing to communicate if you try!

    The Germans are known as being “stuffy” and “formal” — far to the contrary — look at the laugh lines on their faces!

    It’s now been almost 17 years, and I have yet to take advantage of that return ticket and furniture shipment that UMUC will provide when I’m repatriated — and don’t intend to do that in the next few years — am very much at home here in Germany!

  3. Cant wait to hear more!

  4. Cool!

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