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A Driver’s License Economy   (10/9/12)

Last year my wife and I had the good fortune to visit the Cook Islands, a South Pacific paradise untouched by the ravages of large-scale Western tourism.  It is a tiny nation (population < 20,000) with no five-star hotels,   (more…)

It’s Not Either-Or.  It’s Both.  (9/26/12)

Important decisions don’t have to be “either-or” affairs: black-and-white with no middle ground.  We don’t tell women they must choose between children or working outside the home–many do both by going part-time,   (more…)

Monkey Business (Quite Literally)    (9/8/12)

One of the pleasures of extended travel is the chance to get off the beaten path; to see those unusual, wacky sights not included in Fodor’s or Frommer’s but which remain in your mind long after the “biggies” of the   (more…)

Grabbing Life By The Short Hairs    (8/22/12)

I just finished The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau, a book that spoke to me like few others.  As the author says on his Amazon page, “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.   (more…)

Why oh Why?   (8/14/12)

In my last post, Don’t Fear It; Don’t Fight It,  I described the excitement that comes from taking short-term working vacations.  My wife and I have been on 15 of these adventures in the past 30 years,    (more…)

Don’t Fear It; Don’t Fight It; Do Enjoy It!   (8/8/12)

My wife and I have been on 15 working vacations in the last 32 years–from Australia to Zimbabwe, Mauritius to Mongolia, Borneo to Bhutan–and I consider myself a “gold medalist” in the overseas work arena.  (more…)

The Ex-Pat Life or Not?   (7/28/12)

Our most enjoyable working vacation was a one-semester visiting position at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.  Australia was as close as my wife and I have come to becoming permanent ex-pats   (more…)

More Than Just Big Game   (7/9/12)

Mention Kenya to just about anyone and one word comes to mind–safari.  Most packaged tours of this East African nation consist of an endless series of visits to big game parks, with perhaps a day or two   (more…)

Passover in the Land of Allah, Buddha, and Shiva   (6/29/12)

During our first months in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (62% Muslim, 25% Buddhist, 9% Hindu), we celebrated Id Al Fitri, the Muslim festival ending Ramadan, Chinese New Year, and the Hindu holiday   (more…)

The Endless Steppes    (6/17/12)

Within the soul of every Mongolian is the desire to live a rural, nomadic lifestyle unencumbered by the noise of the city and the smothering nearness of one’s neighbors.  On most summer weekends the capital  (more…) 

The Three Wise (Business) Men   (6/7/12)

Mongolians have a saying “The Gobi is not one desert but a hundred.” It is the largest desert in Asia, covering 35% of the country, but unlike the Sahara it is a crazy-quilt mixture of mountains, steppes,  (more…)

Traveling on a “Twofer”   (5/26/12)

In my last blog post, The Jews of Kochi, I described our visit to the historical city of Kochi, the capital of Kerala State in SW India.  However,  I didn’t say anything about how we got there.  One obvious answer is that   (more…)

The Jews of Kochi, India   (5/15/12)

Even though you know exactly where the water taxi is headed, the first glimpse of the sign at the end of the dock can be unsettling for any Jew steeped in the dark memories of Russian pogroms,   (more…)

On My Own Dime, This Time   (5/2/12)

My wife and I recently returned from a glorious, six-week Pacific odyssey during which we visited the Cook Islands (see Relaxation, Island Style), Sydney, Tasmania (A Tasmanian Toilet Tale), Laos  (more…)

On The U.S. State Department’s Dime     (4/19/12)

In an earlier post (The Clues Are All Around You) I addressed the single most common question from readers of this blog:  “OK, you convinced me of the personal, professional, and cultural benefits of (more…)

The Beauty of Travel; The Ugliness of War   (4/8/12)

In the 1960′s and early 1970′s I was fiercely opposed to the Vietnam War. I protested, marched, sat in, and obtained a deferment by teaching at a local college.  However, I think this opposition was more closely   (more…)

Relaxation, Island Style     (3/23/12)

The Cook Islands, an independent nation in the South Pacific near French Polynesia, is a unique place–quite unlike any island where we have lived or worked. It is what tropical travel used to be like before  (more…)

A Tasmanian Toilet Tale    (3/15/12)

The Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, capital of the Australian state of Tasmania, is an architectural gem–a glass and granite structure hanging over the Derwent River just a few miles from downtown.  (more…)

The Flying Postman of Broken Hill (Rerun)     (2/24/12)

One of the joys of a working vacation is that it gives travelers time to uncover a region’s hidden gems–those quirky, idiosyncratic places too often overlooked by Frommers or The Lonely Planet but which give you a good feeling  (more…)

Travel Contest Part II–And the Winner is …     (2/18/12)

I am pleased to announce  the winner of the travel contest is Mr. J. Green of California.  A copy of my book On The Other Guy’s Dime will be sent out in the mail.  He correctly identified the mystery location as  (more…)

The Way to a Culture’s Heart Is Through Its Stomach  (2/10/12)

Donkey carts clatter across cobblestone streets; butchers wielding massive cleavers hack away at sides of lamb, beef, and camel; women and fruit sellers haggle over prices in Arabic, French, and Tamazight,  (more…)

A Little Mathematics, Maestro!     (2/1/12)

In my latest travel book, On The Other Guy’s Dime, I describe one of the more successful techniques I have used to locate working vacations–the cold call.  I would contact a department chair in a city or country (more…)

The Why and the Wherefore   (1/23/12)

I have argued, rather vociferously, that skilled professionals should consider working vacations–short-term, overseas postings that pay enough to cover most or all your expenses.  Well, a reader wrote and asked  (more…)

Thaipusam–The Ultimate Sensory Experience    (1/13/12)

Imagine trying to describe the smell of a fresh-cut rose or the taste of a superb French meal–words alone cannot do it justice. This is the problem writing about Thaipusam, a Hindu festival celebrating the birth  (more…)

Driving in Nepal: The Ultimate in Adventure Tourism  (1/5/12)

I used to believe that driving the Dan Ryan or FDR at rush hour would be the most stressful activities you could undertake. Fuggedaboutit!  Nepalese drivers make New York cabbies look like    (more…)

Poverty Tourism    (12/19/11)

A friend from Minneapolis gave us the name of a former parish priest, Father George, who left his pulpit in Minnesota to work with the Missionaries of Charity in Nairobi, a worldwide organization established by the Nobel Peace   (more…)

The Clues Are All Around You     (12/8/11)

The most frequent question I get from blog readers is “OK, I’m convinced of the professional and cultural benefits of short-term working vacations, but where do I find them? How do I locate opportunities to live   (more…)

Happy Holidays!    (11/24/11)

Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays; a window into our country and its people.  Whenever we host international visitors at Thanksgiving time we enjoy watching them soak in what    (more…)

How NOT To See The World   (11/10/11)

A big thank you to Adele for sending the following quote from the book Dream, Save, Do by Betsy and Warren Talbot:  “The longer you invest in your current reality–with your time, attention, money, and habits   (more…)

David Brooks, Redux   (11/1/11)

About two months ago I wrote a post entitled The Haimish Line based on a New York Times op-ed article by David Brooks.  His essay touched me so deeply that I wrote a blog entry to express my enthusiasm and support   (more…)

Working Vacations and the Book of Mormon   (10/17/11)

In previous posts I offered reasons why you should consider living and working overseas:  intellectual excitement, international friendships, low-cost (sometimes even no-cost) travel, and a learning opportunity  (more…)

Off The Beaten Track   (10/6/11)

When I was working full-time, my wife and I visited our children in New York only on weekends, perhaps extended to three or four days if a holiday fell on a Monday or Friday.  In addition to the kids and grandkids, we (more…)

What is Travel? What is Work?  (9/29/11)

One of the most oft-repeated arguments I get for not taking working vacations was voiced by a young woman named Sabrina in a letter on Travel For Free, a blog mentioned in my previous post. (more…)

Another Great Working Vacation Website   (9/21/11)

In my last post I identified an excellent online resource for short-term volunteer postings:  Volunteer Stays.  This is the fourth time I have brought a working vacation resource to the reader’s attention:    (more…)

Volunteer Tourism   (9/14/11)

I want to thank reader Adele for posting the following comment:  “Michael, I recommend you check out Volunteer Stays!”  Well, I did and discovered that it is a Web site whose goals, described on their home page   (more…)

The Haimish Line (with Apologies to David Brooks)   (8/31/11)

David Brooks, a well-known columnist for the NY Times, wrote an essay entitled “The Haimish Line” that I would love for everyone to read.  It is available at (more…)

Road Trip of a Lifetime   (8/16/11)

In summer, 2004, my wife and I were living in Nepal where I was teaching at the University of Kathmandu under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, i.e., on the other guy’s dime!  When classes were finished   (more…)

No Reason Not To     (8/1/11)

When first given the opportunity to live and work overseas I was rather reluctant.  After receiving an offer of a paid three-month visiting position at Imperial College I thought of dozens of reasons (more…)

Realistic, Not Escapist, Travel   (7/22/11)

When I began writing Other Guy’s Dime I searched for blogs focusing on overseas travel and work for professionals and their families.   I wanted to locate like-minded individuals who love their home   (more…)

New York, New York   (7/12/11)

In my last post I wrote that it is a big world, and you might consider some less well-known locations to reduce competition and increase the likelihood of an eye-opening cultural experience. That is what I did   (more…)

Such A Big, Big World   (6/30/11)

If I have been doing my job I will by now have convinced you of the benefits of a short-term working vacation and demonstrated the relative ease with which it can be accomplished. Now the question becomes “Where should I go?”   (more…)

How To Rent Out Your House     (6/22/11)

Finding responsible (and paying) tenants to live in your home while on a working vacation is neither difficult nor expensive, and it should never be an excuse for turning down a short-term overseas posting. Here’s how:  (more…)

Don’t Be Afraid   (6/15/11)

One of the reasons often cited for not taking a working vacation–a short-term, one to six month overseas posting–is “What would I do with my house?”  The answer is simple:  Rent it out!    (more…)

Short Term Travel; Long Term Benefits  (6/8/11)

I received a comment from a reader finishing his 17th year of teaching at a branch of the University of Maryland in southern Germany.  This individual writes  “I have yet to take advantage of the return air ticket  (more…)

A Great Web Site For Working Vacation Planners  (5/27/11)

There are numerous Web sites to help you locate and plan a working vacation.  I mentioned some in earlier posts–Great Blogs to Check Out and Working Vacations for (Almost) Everyone (more…)

Why Should I Close The House, Pack Up The Kids, and Head Halfway Around The World?   (5/17/11)

Fair question!  It isn’t trivial to plan and pull off a short-term, overseas working vacation.  It takes time to apply for a sabbatical or leave of absence; it takes time to rent your home; it takes time to find housing  (… more)

I Can Do This!   (5/9/11)

I recently received a comment that reflects a common belief among many skilled professionals. Debra, a public school teacher from North Carolina, posted the following on this blog:  “I heard you on the radio yesterday   (more…)

Out of the Blue   (5/1/11)

The most common question I get when speaking to groups is “How do I locate a working vacation?”   I spend a good deal of time on this topic in my book and have an entire chapter   (more…)

A Working Vacation!?  OK, What’s In It For Me?   (4/25/11)

Fair question!  It certainly isn’t trivial to plan and pull off a working vacation:  It takes time to apply for a sabbatical or leave of absence, rent out your home, find housing and transportation in the   (more…)

How to Turn Your Holiday Into a Recruiting Trip   (4/18/11)

Hello dear readers.  I just returned from a lovely three-week holiday in sunny Spain.   I will not bore you with the details since I traveled on my own dime, thus violating the spirit of this blog.   (more…)

Intermission, Part Two!    (3/25/11)

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 any of the 84 articles   (more…)

  Media Overload.   (3/17/11)

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   (more…)

Working Vacations for (Almost) Everyone.  (3/10/11)

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.  (more…)

What the Heck is a Working Vacation?  Act III.  (2/26/11)

… and now the final act.  Previously, I discussed what a working vacation is (Act I), followed by who might benefit from such a beast (Act II).  In this post, Act III,  I address what is probably the most important   (more…)

What the Heck is a Working Vacation?  Act II.  (2/18/11)

Now that the last post has introduced you to the what, let’s talk a little about the who–namely, who is the audience for this thing I call a working vacation? (more…)

What the Heck is a Working Vacation?  Act I.  (2/12/11)

It is coming up to the one-year anniversary of my blog, and I am flabbergasted at how much it has grown.  I have reached five figures in page views and am well past a thousand unique visitors   (more…)

Some Sound Advice From Two Great Guys   (2/2/11)

I recently came across a wonderful blog entitled Two Guys Around The World.  (It was voted outstanding travel blog of 2009.)  In the words of Sam Powers, one of the two guys: “I’m young, single and just graduated (more…)

Listen to My Latest Interview   (1/26/11)

On Sunday, January 23rd, I was interviewed about my book On The Other Guy’s Dime by Lizz Sommars of KMTT radio, 103.7 FM, in Seattle.  Lizz, a veteran reporter with 25 years experience in radio  (more…)

The Moral of the Story  (1/20/11)

In the last three posts I described my failure landing a working vacation on the South Pacific island nation of Palau.  This type of dream-shattering disappointment is well-known to first-time authors,  (more…)

Failure Is Not An Option   (1/11/11)

OK, neither plan A nor plan B worked, and I was batting 0 for 3 in my attempt to live and work on a tropical island paradise. However, it is not yet time to throw in the towel as there is also a plan C.   (more…)

Plan A, then Plan B, then Plan C   (1/5/11)

As described in my last post, I dreamed of living and working on the island paradise of Palau.  So with a cocky swagger, I sent an email off to the head of IT at Palau Community College (PCC) and waited for (more…)

Happy 2011!   (1/3/11)

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, a year that I hope will include some adventurous and culturally rewarding travel to places far and wide.  Your loyalty and continued readership have made this  (more…)

Ask, but Ye Shall Not Always Receive–Part Two    (12/26/10)

Almost every traveler fantasizes about life on a remote South Pacific island—a thatched-roof cottage ringed by date palms, white sand beaches, and turquoise colored surf.   I wanted to live this idyllic lifestyle (more…)

Ask, but Ye Shall Not Always Receive    (12/21/10)

Reality check time: For the last few months I have described my resoundingly successful cold-calling exploits–all sevens, blackjacks, and cherries across the bar.   These cold calls led to an amazing three-month stay  (more…)

It Ain’t Just for Teachers Anymore   (12/16/10)

Let’s give a big thank-you to Kirk Horsted for his insightful post, It’s About the Time, Not Just the Dime. His story helps me clear up a big misunderstanding with my readers about who I am writing for and  (more…)

Listen To My Interview On Wisconsin Public Radio   (12/11/10)

On December 7th, I was interviewed by Jean Faraca of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) for the show Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders.  The one-hour call in show covered many of the working vacation (more…)

Its About the Time, Not Just the Dime    (12/6/10)

I’m an imposter—not the real Michael.  However, he graciously invited me to submit a guest-post to his blog, so here goes.  My credentials include 4 sabbaticals in the past 20 years as well as a blog containing stories   (more…)

Some Great Blogs To Check Out    (12/1/10)

A few weeks ago I attended a meeting of the Twin Cities Breakaway Group, an assemblage of mid-career professionals who are thinking about living and working overseas.  They are seeking a cultural  (more…)

Out of the Blue   (11/26/10)

A lot of people hoped I would write a book that describes, in step-by-step fashion, exactly how to locate and plan a short-term overseas posting–essentially, “Working Vacations for Dummies.”    (more…)

Monkey Business (Quite Literally)   (11/21/10)

One of the great pleasures of extended travel is the chance to get off the beaten path; to see those unusual, wacky sights not included in Fodor’s or Frommer’s but which can remain in your mind long after  (more…)

So Far But Yet So Near   (11/16/10)

In the spring and summer of 2001 Ruth and I spent eight months in Kuala Lumpur, the longest of any of our fourteen working vacations.  We had a superb time, and our stay was filled with fun    (more…)

I’m Back …  (11/12/10)

Hello again, dear readers.  I just returned from four glorious weeks in Malaysia and Japan ready to renew blogging and eager to again share with you my techniques for finding  (more…)

Intermission  (10/23/10)

OK, dear readers, it is time to stretch, go to the bathroom, and buy a bag of popcorn.  I will be taking a brief hiatus from these writings to travel to Malaysia and Japan and  (more…)

The Damage That A Single Madman Can Wreak  (10/17/10)

In 1992  Zimbabwe was the success story of southern Africa. It was proof positive of the lies of apartheid and the bigotry of those whites who treated black Africans like children, unable  (more…)

Harvesting the Fruit of Other’s Good Work  (10/12/10)

When we returned home from Zimbabwe after three glorious months, I shared stories of our adventures with Paul Tymann, a close friend and co-author with me of a computer (more…)

Is That Elephant Charging Or Is He Paying Cash? (10/6/10)

The highlight of our time in Zimbabwe was a trip to Mana Pools, about two hundred miles north of Harare. Totally unknown prior to our arrival, we heard numerous stories from guests   (more…)

The Not Again School of Travel, Revisited (9/28/10)

This working vacation in Zimbabwe was the ideal “proof of correctness” for our commitment to the not again travel philosophy described in the post Two Schools of Traveling Thought.  (more…)

Damn, These Kids Are Good   (9/23/10)

One topic I have studiously avoided is my experience in overseas classrooms. This was a conscious decision as nothing could more quickly dampen enthusiasm for this blog  (more…)

A Most Happy Announcement   (9/19/10)

Dear  Readers,    I am happy to announce that my new travel book, On The Other Guy’s Dime:  A Professionals Guide to Traveling Without Paying (Bookmobile Press) will be available this November.  (more…)

A Witness to History  (9/14/10)

One of the joys of a working vacation, as described in Getting From Point A to Point B In Style, is the ability to add one or more interesting stops on the way to or from the host country.  After you have agreed to a contract    (more…)

Back to Africa (9/9/10)

Even though we loved our time in Kenya, since Ruth and I subscribe to the not again school of travel (see Two Schools of Traveling Thought) we really wanted to see another part of this vast continent.  (more…)

Two Schools of Traveling Thought  (9/5/10)

There are two types of world travelers—the repeaters and the not agains. Repeaters have found their dream destination and go back year after year to the same village, the same B&B, the same lake  (more…)

Official Confirmation  (9/1/10)

While working in Turkey I received e-mail from a colleague, a Classics professor who travels annually to Greece for his research. This year he wanted to add a stopover in Turkey to view its many historic  (more…)

Staying Healthy; Staying Solvent   (8/27/10)

In Istanbul we had our first encounter with something my wife and I had previously overlooked—the issue of overseas health care. Ruth came down with a mild ear infection, but one still serious enough  (more…)

Yogurt To Die For  (8/23/10)

Our three-month working vacation in Istanbul resulted in yet another thoroughly enjoyably social, cultural and professional experience. We made close friends among the  (more…)

Eat Pray Spend   (8/20/10)

This is not the post I originally planned to put up–that one will appear in a few days.  Instead, it is an emotional response to the embarrassingly bad and thoroughly (more…)

Our Elegant Georgian Colonial on the Bosphorous (8/16/10)

After a week of eating well, reveling in Greek history, and swimming in the turquoise-blue water of the Aegean, we flew to Istanbul where my teaching assistant, Mr. Albert Levy, met us at the airport. (more…)

Getting From Point A to Point B in Style  (8/12/10)

As I described in the post Cold Call: Take Two, I was the happy recipient of an offer of summer employment from Bogazici University that (more…)

The Unexpected Teacher (Guest Post, 8/9/10)

As Michael has stated many times, you never know for sure where or when a short-term employment opportunity will unexpectedly appear. For me it happened on a visit to Cyprus that morphed from (more…)

Cold Call: Take Two!   (8/6/10)

I subscribe to the Woody Hayes philosophy of life. Hayes, a legendary football coach at Ohio State University, would start each game by sending his best running back directly into the middle of the (more…)

I Speak A Little Bit of Japanese, But Not Very Much Turkish! (8/1/10)

In early 1991, three and a half years after our Kenyan adventures, Ruth began suffering the initial pangs of travel withdrawal since she had not joined me in Japan–the only time we traveled apart.  We started   (more…)

Skoshi Nihongo de Hanashimas (7/28/10)

That month in Japan flew by quickly as all my previous working vacations had lasted at least three times as long.  I spent one week on campus giving talks, observing lectures, and advising students–trust me, (more…)

Getting Out Of That Rut  (7/24/10)

Most working vacations are the end-product of due diligence and hard work–making cold calls, following leads, filling out applications.  Occasionally, though, dumb luck pays a visit, and you find yourself (more…)

Sharing The Secrets (7/20/10)

As with all previous working vacations, this one ended well before Ruth and I were ready to leave. On that final day in Nairobi my feelings of exuberance and delight were in marked contrast to the tears of  (more…)

The (Almost) Kenyan Branch of My Family (7/16/10)

About a month before our departure from Africa we had our first and only overseas visitor, my sister Karen who came for a two-week stay. Ruth and I drove to the airport to meet her, accompanied by the (more…)

The Most Beautiful Place on Earth (7/11/10)

The most frequent question I get from friends and family is “What is the most fabulous place you have ever been?”  My stock answer is that I’ve enjoyed them all—exactly the cop-out reply you get from (more…)

It Ain’t Just The Animals, People!  (7/7/10)

When we told friends we would be working in Kenya for three months one word sprang to everyone’s lips: safari.  The reason is obvious–most tours of East Africa consist of an endless series of game-park excursions (more…)

July 4th, International Edition  (7/4/10)

To all my U.S. readers: Have a happy and healthy July 4th holiday.  In honor of this, our national day, I am taking a brief break from my ongoing Kenyan narrative to describe some rather unique experiences celebrating (more…)

Father George, Poverty Tourism, and the Slums of Kibera (6/30/10)

A friends from Minneapolis gave us the name of her former parish priest, Father George, who left his pulpit in Minnesota to work with the Missionaries of Charity in Nairobi, a worldwide organization established by the Nobel (more…)

Doubts and Fears  (6/27/10)

On the morning of May 22, 1987 we made our way to the Minneapolis airport and flew to Nairobi, Kenya where the department chair, Dr. Tony Rodrigues, was waiting to welcome us to his adopted homeland–Tony is Goan and (more…)

Childless In Africa  (6/24/10)

Normally, this African adventure story would begin in exactly the same fashion as my first three travel narratives:   “… and the family made its way to the Minneapolis airport for our long flight to Nairobi.”    However, plans (more…)

A Little Mathematics Maestro  (6/20/10)

Some skeptics will read the last post and laugh at the idea of cold calling as a viable way of locating working vacations.  With images of struggling telemarketers firmly in mind they argue you would need to contact  (more…)

Hakuna Matata (No Problem, Man)  (6/17/10)

Although England and Australia are wealthy nations, Israel in 1983 was not the first world place it is today with a higher per capita income than many European nations. If our family could enjoy living in a developing nation such as (more…)

And The Winner Is …  (6/16/10)

We had nine people provide the correct answer, Nairobi Kenya,  to the contest question.  They were:  dreambreak, Krista, Cara, Peter Drexel, Animash Rawal, Gloria, joe, Alfred Thompson, and (more…)

Talk To Me, People. Talk to Me  (6/13/10)

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  (more…)

To Come Back or Not to Come Back? That is the Question  (6/10/10)

Australia was as close as my wife and I have come to packing it in–quitting our jobs, selling the house, kissing friends and neighbors good-bye, and pitching our family tent in a new country.  It really (more…)

The Flying Postman of Broken Hill  (6/7/10)

One of the great joys of a working vacation is it provides travelers with sufficient time to uncover hidden gems–those quirky, idiosyncratic places often overlooked by Frommer’s, Fodor’s,  (more…)

Settling In  (6/3/10)

We quickly settled into a comfortable routine in our new home.  I would take a bus to work each morning and write for anywhere from 4 to 8 hours while enjoying pleasant lunches and coffee (more…)

Pay It Forward  (5/30/10)

My mother (and probably yours) told me always be nice to people because, if you are, they will be nice to you.  Oh, the wisdom and prescience of motherhood!   Even though I would not be (more…)

Thank You, Mr. Wiley  (5/27/10)

Our third overseas adventure occurred in summer, 1985, about two years after our return from Israel. We didn’t travel in 1984 as I was busy trying to achieve tenure, successfully as it turns out. (more…)

What We Learned  (5/24/10)

By the time our family returned from Israel after three enjoyable months of work and play I had learned a great deal about overseas life that would stand us in good stead on future trips.  (more…)

Do It For The Kids  (5/20/10)

One of the goals of this blog is to refute the “ready-made” arguments for not making that trip of a lifetime–exactly what my wife did for me when I began spewing excuses why we should not (more…)

The $64.00 Question: Why?  (5/16/10)

In the last few months I have been blogging about my first two working vacations: England (1980) and Israel (1983), with 15 more to come if you can hang in there! However, there is a (more…)

Making Friends; Meeting Locals  (5/13/10)

As I described in the last post our Israeli “dance card” was far leaner than in England–no neighbors inviting us to dinner; no family members arriving for extended visits; no departmental socials. (more…)

This Was Different But Just as Good  (5/10/10)

Our first inkling that this second working vacation would be different was at the airport. In England we were met by Imperial College colleagues holding up signs and boisterously welcoming us as we (more…)

Oops, My Age Is Showing  (5/7/10)

My last post described a simple strategy for finding overseas housing–contact a realtor and arrange for them to show you rental accommodations when you arrive. Sounds reasonable, right? (more…)

It Really Wasn’t All That Difficult  (5/5/10)

With teaching contract in hand and air tickets tucked firmly into my pocket the Schneider family made its way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport for the first time in three years and boarded (more…)

Following Those Clues  (5/3/10)

After two months and fifteen posts I hope one idea is becoming clear to my readers: Locating a short-term working vacation is not like following a recipe or solving a mathematical problem (more…)

Making “Short-Term” Aliyah (Immigration) to Israel  (4/30/10)

It was fall 1982, and I was glancing through the Chronicle of Higher Education when I happened upon an article about teaching shortages at Israeli universities. All able-bodied citizens must (more…)

OK, What Comes Next?  (4/27/10)

In an earlier post entitled My London Epiphany I described how that first working vacation arrived as an unseen bolt from the blue, an unexpected invitation from someone I lunched with six months (more…)

A Realistic Adventure Travel Option  (4/24/10)

In an earlier post, Long-Term Travel/No-Cost Travel, Redux, I listed two types of working vacations I would NOT be discussing in this blog–long-term positions and volunteer tourism.  (more…)

Negative Vibes  (4/21/10)

I have been arguing, convincingly I hope, that ordinary professionals like you and I can apply for and obtain exotic short-term working vacations. You don’t need a Harvard Ph.D., don’t (more…)

Sharing That Travel Epiphany With You  (4/18/10)

In my last post I described how that first overseas working vacation to England was both a professional and financial success. But even more important is that in those three plus months (more…)

It Really is a No-Cost and Culturally Rewarding Way to Travel  (4/15/10)

When we returned home after our 3+ month stay in England I asked myself why I had waited until I was thirty-five to first attempt something like this. My accounting of income and (more…)

Living and Learning in Chiswick  (4/11/10)

The house our English hosts rented for us was a 120-year old three-bedroom Georgian in the quaint, middle-class suburb of Chiswick in SW London, an easy commute via the Underground (more…)

A Willing Spouse  (4/8/10)

My wife is a far more free-spirited, adventuresome person than I, and it was she who convinced me to take that initial leap and head off to London for three months.  I am glad she did as we (more…)

My London Epiphany  (4/6/10)

My first working vacation was in 1980, and it came about as many of these first overseas experiences typically do–it fell into my lap.  I met some teachers from Imperial College, London (more…)

Long-Term Travel/No-Cost Travel, Redux  (4/4/10)

I received an interesting comment from a reader completing his 17th year of teaching at an overseas branch of the University of Maryland.  This individual, who is certainly integrating into (more…)

Why Should I Close The House, Pack Up The Kids, and Head Halfway Around The World (4/1/10)

Fair question!  It isn’t trivial to plan and pull off a working vacation.  It takes time to apply for a sabbatical or leave of absence; it takes time to rent your home; it takes time to find housing and (more…)

The Ideal “Grown Up” Working Vacation (Part II)   (3/31/10)

… more about the ideal grown-up working vacation:  4.   Expectations. Young people may be content simply to live and work in an exotic location, but professionals  (more…)

The Ideal “Grown Up” Working Vacation (Part I)  3/28/10)

My target audience for this blog is 30- to 70-something academics and professionals.  For those individuals what would an ideal, short-term, working vacation look like?  (more…)

What is “No-Cost Travel” Anyway? (Part II)  (3/25/10)

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 (more…)

What is “No-Cost Travel” Anyway? (Part I)   (3/18/10)

In the coming weeks and months I will describe how professionals with marketable skills–doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, business people, artists–can take advantage (more…)

A Professional’s Guide To No-Cost Travel   (3/16/10)

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 (more…)

One response to “Table Of Contents

  1. Dear Readers,

    Some people have commented that my blog is getting large, unwieldy, and difficult to find specific topic material. Sad but true! I am not much of a designer, but I have made a couple of changes to help make the blog more useful, especially to new readers who may have just joined in and missed reader some of the earlier posts.

    Change 1: I added categories to each post, with the category specifying what kind of helpful information is in each article. So far I have created a dozen categories under the main heading “Working Vacation.” They are: applying for, benefits of, children, costs, fears and doubts, housing, how to find, language issues, making friends, motivation for taking, negotiating terms, overseas visitors. I am sure that there will be more categories as new posts are added.

    Change 2: If you look in the right column you will see a drop-down menu that says Search Categories. If you are interested, for example, in the topic of finding housing in a host country, then select that category. You will then get a list of all posts that have anything to do with that category.

    Change 3: I added a new page entitled Table of Contents. It lists, in chronological order, every post I have put up, along with its posting date and the first few lines to give you a brief idea of what it is about. There is also a link to the full page containing that post.

    I hope you find these changes helpful, and I would love to receive more suggestions about how to make this blog more useful and enjoyable to my readers. Thanks

    Michael Schneider

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