My New Full Time Job

My New Full Time Job

As I doubled and then immediately triple checked to insure I had all my necessary travel documents and credit cards I was reminded how much work travelling is.  You have to be constantly aware of what is going on around you, while at the same time you have to let go enough to enjoy the new experiences you’re having.  Maintaining this fine balance is a full time job; my new full time job.

It was hard for me to leave my “real” full time job behind, but my new position is one that I have been coveting for years.  This new position as a full time traveler is not one I had to apply for, but I imagine the interview questions would include some in the list below.  These are the things I would want to know about anyone I would travel full time with.

How do you keep things organized while constantly on the move?

How do you deal with unforeseen circumstances?

Can you give me an example of a time that you were in a difficult position, didn’t speak the language and how you dealt with it?

How do you bargain with someone that doesn’t share a common language with you?

Would you drink mystery juice from a woman selling it out of a bucket on the side of the road?  What steps would you take if you got sick later from said juice?

The interview questions may differ greatly from your average office job interview, but I would argue that both full time travelers and office employees still share many similarities.  The first day at either job is always a bit disorienting, often overwhelming and definitely exhausting.  My first day as a full time traveler included 11 hours of air travel all alone surrounded by people speaking many different languages.  Many first days of work feel somewhat the same as you don’t know anyone and being on the outside of office jokes or company lingo, makes it feel like they are speaking another language.

But just like an office job after a few months you get the hang of things, you get to know your co-workers and find a comfortable routine.  On the road we hope to meet many friends (co-workers) who share the same full time job of long-term travel and establish a routine of sorts.  I imagine even as we find ourselves in new countries and situations along our travels we will be seasoned and ready to take on the challenges.  Who knows we may even get promoted, making this more of a career instead of a job.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.
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