The dream is to travel–if someone wins the lottery and you ask them “What will you do with your money?” the vast majority of people put “going on a long vacation” somewhere on their list of top five priorities (it usually alls somewhere between “buy a new car” and “quit my job!”). The current pattern of working until you’re at retirement age and then enjoying your time and money is giving way to a new model, where people are assessing their lives and seeing there just might be other alternatives out there to grinding away at the nine to five and rarely going on any sort of vacation or trip.
For some, living as an expat is the dream; you get to see some pieces of the world while still maintaining a home base in a new country. Then there are those who love their jobs but want the luxury side of travel, they look at traveling as a way to relax and prefer all inclusive holidays to the more time-intensive process of planning out a vacation and handling the nitty-gritty details.
The fact is, there are a lot of options besides just dreaming of traveling the world and there’s no wrong answer to it because there are pieces of travel experiences designed for every type of traveler and every type of person. When you’re looking at the spectrum of travel experiences you have to take into consideration what you like back home, because chances are you will carry this over into your travel as well.
If you’ve always been keen on long-term adventures and are okay with a bit more independence from your traditional family and friends, then really consider becoming an expat. Expats enjoy a nice blend of travel and culture, but work too and continue earning a living, which means it’s attainable even if you haven’t saved up a huge sum of money. Being an expat is different from vacations because you are living and working, but still have a slice of that vacation feeling.
On the flip side are holidays planned in your time off from work and you will typically travel for less than a month at a time and only a few times a year. This is the ideal style of travel for many vacationers because you still have a solid home life, you’re in your own culture and language but still have the excitement of traveling. If this is where you fall then moving abroad is not ideal and instead you look at new locations in terms of where you can relax and enjoy time unplugged from your email account and the constant demands on your time.
No one can tell you if you should travel on smaller vacations or quit your job and find work abroad; it comes down to personal preferences. Either way though, there are travel resources designed to suit either mode.