Monthly Archives: March 2011

Intermission, Part Two!

Dear Readers,

I will be traveling in Spain for the next three weeks and will not be posting or blogging while away.  (I hate to admit this, but I will be traveling ON MY OWN DIME.  Ouch!)  Please feel free to read or reread any of the 84 articles posted on this blog over the past year.  (Or feel free to enjoy my new book, On The Other Guy’s Dime: A Professional’s Guide to Traveling Without Paying.)  When I return in mid-April I will have much more to share with you about working vacations, living overseas, and the joys of short-term cultural immersion.  Until then, happy and safe travels.

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Media Overload

The last couple of weeks were extremely busy in terms of media exposure.  On March 5th I was interviewed by Rudy Maxa, aka the Savvy Traveler, on the radio show Rudy Maxa’s World, syndicated on a hundred stations across the U.S.  You can listen to the interview at:

http://rudymaxa.com.s108497.gridserver.com/category/podcasts/

Simply go to the broadcast entitled “March 5, 2011 – Hour 2” and scroll forward to the 23:45 minute mark where my interview begins.

The following week I made my TV debut on the Minneapolis talk show “KARE-11 Today.”  I was nervous but hope that my fear didn’t come across on camera.  You can be the judge–the streaming video is available at:

http://www.kare11.com/today/article/912515/449/Travel-on-someone-elses-dime-tips-from-an-expert

Then I hit the trifecta with an invitation to do a segment for the Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio show.  Now I am embarrassed to admit that I had not heard of Peter Greenberg before receiving that invitation.  However, when I saw his list of achievements, I was blown away: Emmy Award winner, investigative reporter (Dateline NBC), New York Times best-selling author, contributor to Forbes magazine, a frequent guest on Oprah, Conan, Dr. Phil, Larry King, and (most important from my point of view) host of a CBS radio show heard on 400+ stations in North America!  This guy is the big cahuna.  You can listen to a podcast of that March 12th show at:

http://www.petergreenberg.com/programhighlights

I hope you enjoy these mass media interviews.

Working Vacations For (Almost) Everyone!

One of the popular misconceptions about working vacations is that they are exclusively for academics–only possible during the months of June, July, and August and only to schools and colleges around the world.  At book signings and call-in shows I often get snide comments saying, in effect, “Excuse me, but I don’t teach so I don’t have the opportunity to live and work in exotic locations like you do.”  And no matter how much I try to convince them otherwise, they stubbornly cling to this mistaken notion.  Now, thanks to Mr. David Rowell, creator of the blog Travel Insider and a recent reviewer of my book, I have  additional evidence to show that this view is utterly incorrect.

In his review David referred to the Web site of the International Executive Service Corps, abbreviated IESC, a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with a focus on helping developing nations grow their business and financial infrastructure.  Their “executive service corps” model was inspired by the success of the Peace Corps, and they utilize volunteers as well as paid consultants in fields such as banking, financial services, accounting, technology management, international trade, hotel and tourism management, real estate, capital formation, natural resources, patent law, and government regulations.  Their employees currently serve in 130 countries around the globe.

Paid consulting projects vary in length from one week to several months, exactly the length of working vacations I have been espousing in this blog, and more than enough time for a superb cultural experience.  If selected as a consultant you receive air fare, housing, and a per diem allowance sufficient to cover most or all your travel expenses.  In addition, if the appointment lasts for more than 28 days, IESC includes airfare for a spouse.  Essentially, IESC allows you to travel the globe, contribute to the development of an emerging economy, and have an amazing cultural adventure all (as I have said many times before) on the other guy’s dime.

This site expands the opportunities for working vacations to include industrial, business, and financial professionals in a wide range of specializations.  If I had more time, I would also include a lengthy description of Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization that hires professionals in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, sanitation, hospital administration, epidemiology, and public health for short-term postings in 60 countries around the world.

So, please don’t fall back on the tired old argument that a one or two month working vacation is the sole purview of high school and college teachers.  Trust me when I say there is no shortage of opportunities, regardless of your specialization, only a shortage of the motivation needed to search for them and, when found, to enthusiastically go after them.