After reading my last post you might be shaking your head right now saying “Yeah, sure. I’m going to head out to Portugal, Panama, or Papua New Guinea with someone else picking up the tab. No way!”
Well, stop being such a skeptic. Every year thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of young, 20-something college graduates do just that, via the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Teach for America, or any number of other well-known and highly popular global exchange programs. These agencies cover the cost of transportation (including an occasional trip back home), room and board, and provide a small stipend in exchange for a one or two years of socially responsible work within the U.S. or overseas.
Just because we have added a few years, a few dependents, and a few pounds, why can’t we 30- to 70-somethings do exactly the same thing? Well we can, and that is what I mean by the idea of a working vacation, or traveling on the other guy’s dime. However, we need to make a few “tweaks” to this idea before it is fully palatable to skilled professionals, academics, and retirees well past their college graduation ceremony.
In my next post I will describe exactly what changes are needed to produce working vacations that could be extremely appealing to those of you reading this blog and with an itching to experience the world, not just see it. And, trust me, these opportunities are out there.