I will travel.

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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.

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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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7 Responses to I will travel.

  1. Rachel of Hippie in Heels May 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Can’t wait to see what your plans are!
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  2. Jade May 20, 2014 at 12:16 am #

    Good for you! I look forward to seeing where you are headed and following the journey!

    • Emily Moyer May 20, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

      Thank you, Jade! I’ll be posting a tentative itinerary soon 🙂 I’m so thrilled I made this decision.

  3. janice stringer May 22, 2014 at 1:34 am #

    Hi Emily,
    In 2007 my husband and I resigned from our jobs – we took the kids out of secondary school and travelled across the globe with them. Rather than get a loft conversion or a conservatory (which is the normal route for people of our age with kids in the UK) my husband and I chose to travel. Now its not been easy since we’ve been back in the UK – I ended up home schooling my teens, my son walked out of school because some kids decided to bully him for being different – he is now a professional freerunner and working with companies such as Pepsi and Nickleodeon. My daughter was asked if she were a gypsy – as her peers had never heard of anyone doing this and she was incredibly unhappy in the school environment – she is getting ready to spend 3 months in Thailand to start her training as a Divemaster – she will have just turned 19.

    My husband and I have never regretted our decision to do what we did. We had the most amazing time and with our kids. I consider myself very lucky to have spent this time, doing what I love and doing it with the people I love the most in the world. Keeping reaching for what you want. take care. Janice

    • Emily Moyer May 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Janice – thanks for your incredibly thoughtful note. Your kids sound awesome and their identities were clearly defined by some of the experiences they’ve had traveling with you! If I ever have kids, I too hope to take them around the world. It sounds like they had some pretty rough experiences “adjusting” back into mainstream life, but I’m a believer in that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And plus, who wants to be “normal”? The older your kids get, the more they will appreciate the travel experiences you provided them. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

      • janice stringer May 23, 2014 at 3:16 am #

        Hi Emily,
        It was tough. I never thought I would experience prejudice in my own country and with my peers for doing what we did. My children became ‘invisible’ to many adults as they know longer sat within mainstream education. It was one of the most oddest, unusual and unsettling experiences of our travels.

        I’m sure there are many more for whom their return has been wonderful and supportive. Alas, that wasn’t my total experience! Still wouldn’t change what we did as a family, for the world though.

        Happy Travels 🙂
        Janice
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  4. alex ander August 31, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    What a fun story of the way you and Missy met.
    I love the pictures of your trip. That movie looks hilarious and now I absolutely have to see it……..!
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