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Old 01-31-2011, 06:02 PM   #55
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Location: Burlington VT
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Originally Posted by MaxF View Post
Maybe this has been covered before but I couldn't find a comprehensive thread with a quick search...

My BIG question: How the hell do you guys manage to do multi-week or even multi-month (let alone RTW) trips?

Not talking about the financial aspects here but rather how do you get the time off work/ how does it affect your "career" in any way? Do you take vacation time? Do you take "time off work" and pick up where you left once you return? Do you use time between jobs for travel? Without being indiscreet I'd be interested what you do and how you get the time to do those trips

I'm incredibly envious when I read the ride reports. But for me, getting two consecutive weeks vacation time would be a luxury (and even that would include constant pestering via BB). The only possibility I see is quitting my job and starting over at another firm once I return which would be a step back career-wise. It really sucks, I'm in my late 20s and feel like I have wasted my "best years" as a corporate slave. That can't be right...

Maybe you need to think about it a little different. As far as doing the corporate thing is concerned I've been there and am still doing that, pays quite well and is exciting but...

That said you can do alot of living in a week if you work at it.

Pick an interesting location where you can rent a bike, flying in and go. For several months in advance spend the time to learn a little of the language, culture, and history. Research interesting areas to go, things to do, and places to stay. Maybe read a book or two by a local author. Plan out a route.

On tour do more than just ride. Get involved. On a whim while in Buenos Aires I took a Tango lesson and went out and did the Tango. It was the highlight of an amazing trip. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, you'll forget all about work.

When you get back, arrange your photos, do a trip report, send a few thank you notes to people who helped you out along the way.

You can easily get '6 months' out of a one week trip and the process is addicting in it's own way. Start a list of places you might want to go, the most important thing is to get started.

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