Last week I hosted a five-part series asking questions to travel experts about how they made their decisions to take an extended leave of travel. In the midst of that series, I was in the decision-making process of talking with work about what the next year of my life would look like.
A promotion was offered, with a requirement that I would stay through the fiscal year (meaning one more full year). Over and over again, I was asked if I would commit, if I could please stay through May. It was made clear that this was the only option: a year, or nothing. Back and forth for weeks, I was flip flopping on whether or not I would take the promotion, or forgo it to travel before business school. To make things extra scary, I was told I would only have about 6 weeks before I would need to exit my current role.
While the travel-obsessed, spontaneous, wild – adventurous – nature – child in me said “Are you kidding me? You know what you have to do”, the career-driven, ambitious, type A, overachieving side kept slapping nature – child across the face.
I’m thankful that last week was filled with words of wisdom from people who have the balls to go after the travel dream.I’m relieved that the answer to “Is there anything you regret about picking up to go travel?” was a resounding NO.
Fortunately, a middle ground ‘might’ have been found. While the promotion may be gone, I will be able to hold onto my position at least through the summer (and in my ideal world…until I leave). We’re in talks to see how we can make this work. It’s times like these when I wish I had a .4938 second window into the future so I could just see that I didn’t need to be stressing as much as I am.
And, I did not get on Birthright. For those of you who do not know what this is, it is a free, 10-day trip around Israel that you can only do between the ages of 18-26. Most 25/26 year olds get on, because, well in the Birthright world, that is old. While I had been ineligible to go for years (you couldn’t go if you had been to Israel on an organized trip before), they changed the rules this year and I was STOKED. But, that’s not happening. Which probably isn’t that big of a deal since I’m fighting to stay at my job until I leave anyways.
But, alas, as I wait to hash out the details with work, it is time that I provide a life update.
It shall be known:
I am traveling
before I (adcom-willing*)
attend business school.
I cannot wait for my solo female travel adventure! Rolls eyes at the Birthright gods, jumps up and down, squealing with excitement.
Curious to know where I’ll be headed? Check back soon for my first (though I’m sure it will not be my last) attempt at an itinerary!
*For you non-business school readers out there, adcom = admissions committees aka the people who will decide my business school future.
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