There’s SO more to life than a desk job and 9 to 5.
While traveling you get the chance to meet so many people who make a living doing what they love. Their offices are boats, glacier, the street and their homes.
There are guides who spend 4 days a week trekking on glaciers in El Calafate, there is a lovely couple who takes up to 6 people out on their boat on the Tigre Delta, just outside of BsAs, 5 days a week. There’s a guy who started his own walking tour business on the streets of Buenos Aires – he runs 2 tours a day, every day. Ushuaia is the world’s southern most city and it’s the embarkation point for people to leave on Antarctic cruises. Tour guides there took us on boat tours, hiking trips, and penguin tours.
And let’s not forget the hospitality of the people who run bed and breakfasts – inviting perfect strangers into their home.
The other thing about working and living in the US of A is that we are the laughing stock of everyone due to our vacation days. Two weeks. Pathetic. One man from Italy told me it’s our own fault. He’s right. He told me we, as a country, should stand up and demand an increase in vacation days. Unfortunately, I don’t think we have any pull until the economy shapes up. Isn’t it ironic that the people charged with fixing it have the most vacation days? I digress. That’s a rant for another day.
In the meantime I will be dreaming about my non-traditional office. Half vineyard, half boat perhaps?
February 23rd, 2011 at 8:16 pm
This post got a “sigh” at the end! Your observations were quite interesting. When will you be starting a tour group somewhere in the world??? You can be the next “Where in the World is ‘Carmen SanDiego?'”