1) Occupation: Healthcare lobbyist for Washington, D.C.-based trade association
2) Length of time with company: I’ve been in this field for over 20yrs, working at different organizations in the health care advocacy arena.
3) Days of travel: All my international travel is NOT job related and is personal vacation time. I typically visit an international country for vacation no less than 5 times a year. The average is about 7, and the high is every month.
4) How to travel while working full time: International travel is my number 1 favorite thing to do, really. I love exploring, meeting new people, learning and absorbing all the many benefits of travel. I maximize my vacation time (paid leave) by taking trips around federal holidays (Christmas, New Years, thanksgiving is 2 days off, 4th July, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Presidents’ Day, MLK day etc). Airfare tends to be higher around these times but you can try to offset the costs with buying tickets earlier, using points etc. I also don’t mind a three day weekend trip. I can leave after work on Thursday and arrive in Copenhagen Friday morning and return Sunday or Monday night. I never get jet lagged going on vacation because of my excitement. However, I do crash a bit on my return. I have some habits which help. I also work very hard at work and tend to excel so it’s good to take time off.. Work hard, play hard. I’m not one to share my extensive travel or weekend getaways with work colleagues. In fact, my colleagues don’t either or they just don’t go anywhere out of the country (only one of my 6 colleagues in my work division has been (or announced) they went on an international trip in the last 3 years. I like to keep it focused on work. I also try to take vacation time when Congress is on recess so it’s less busy.
5) Places visited while working full time: These are a few countries I’ve been to in the last 14years while employed full time – Egypt, Sri Lanka, China, Russia, Ghana, South Africa, Argentina, Armenia, Georgia, Croatia, Beirut, Australia, Tahiti, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Kenya, Zanzibar, most of the Caribbean islands, all of Central America, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand, Oman, Jordan, Israel, UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, Spain, India,Portugal, Hungary, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malta, Goza, Czech Republic, Austria, Sicily, and more.
6) Tips for those who want to travel more: Work hard and play hard via travel. There is plenty of information on the Internet and other resources to make it happen. Caution about bragging (or readily sharing) to coworkers about your weekend in Paris in May and extended weekend in Lisbon in June with a 11 day vacation in Croatia in July. If your coworkers choose to use their vacation time on the couch or gardening then that’s them. Do you, and enjoy life!