For the past few months I have been running off at the mouth about my working vacations, about my travel experiences. Well, let’s change that. Instead, I now would like to know your feelings about leaving home for a temporary position overseas, your thoughts about living in a completely new culture, your “dream destination.”
Here is the scenario: Your department chair, director, manager, or supervisor has just informed you that your request for a temporary six-month leave of absence to work overseas has been approved and, best of all, your job will be waiting for you when you return. You are free to rent out your house and search for a temporary position abroad, comfortable in the knowledge that you are not burning any bridges behind you–your home, friends, family (and paycheck) will be there when you get back.
So, my questions to you are: 1) Where in the world would you most like to go or, if you have already lived out this scenario, where did you go, and 2) what kind of work would you like to do (or did you do) overseas?
Finally, to spice things up a bit, I am adding a “Jeopardy!” style travel contest to the mix. See if you can guess, from the following clue, the location of our family’s next working vacation, a trip I will begin to describe in the next post. Include in your comments the city identified in the clue, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com to purchase a travel memoir or guide book for that next dream trip. If we have multiple correct answers I will draw one name at random from among all the correct responses. Please send in your comments and guesses prior to my next blog entry which will be posted early on the morning of June 17th. (Sorry, no friend or family winners allowed since you were probably there at the airport to see us off!) And, while you are here, I invite you to subscribe to my blog and get automatic notification of future posts and contests. Just click the “Sign Me Up!” button in the right-hand column.
Clue: I am the capital of a country whose name means “God’s resting place” in the local language. My two largest agricultural exports are tea and coffee but my biggest money earner by far is tourism, with about 2 million visitors arriving last year.