Living the Unconventional Life

My biggest goal in life is to live it unconventionally.

There, I said it.

I am not an office dweller, regardless of how cushy my job is, or how many weeks of vacation I get, at some point, I start feeling trapped, bored and generally lackadaisical.

My job now, by far, is my best overall experience working yet. Granted I make a ton less money now, but I find myself more comfortable financially, and happier than I ever was working in corporate finance. It also doesn’t hurt that I do technically get more than two weeks vacation, but don’t let that slip out to the public, it would ruin my street cred.

And still, I am not an office dweller. This blog has given me an outlet of sorts into someday being able to live the life I want to, not 9-5, in a cube, grinding it out. Now, I have no problem with work, I just want it to be the work that I want to do, not that someone else is telling me to finish.

I spend a lot of time with a romanticized idea of how wonderful it would be to live in the South Island of New Zealand, or by the coast in Vancouver, or on Saud Beach or in the grasslands of Botswana. Maybe I just have incurable wanderlust or, maybe I just need one big long trip, to get it out of my system, and then I’d be ready for the husband, house, 2 kids and a dog life.

All I know is, I can’t get travel off my brain.

So right now, I’m kind of stuck in this sort of no man’s land for the next year or so. Continue on the path I am going at work, where I have a lot of growth potential for a pretty good position, same perks, pretty low stress, good benefits and vacation, a bigger office, etc. Or, I see where the blog and some of my other side projects take me, and re-evaluate this time next year to figure it out. Regardless, I will of course, use all the vacation time I possibly can. I wonder if I can fit in trips to Vancouver, New Zealand, the Philippines or Botswana all in before then.

What about you guys, any yearn to be your own boss, checking email from a hammock, or are you down with the structure and routine a 9-5er brings? Where would you go to live your unconventional lifestyle?

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  • I live it.

    It’s cool but it has it’s downfalls. I don’t miss home but I do miss some structure. If you talk to most people who live on islands they want to leave them.

    The reality is, we all live on mental islands and when you leave one, you end up on another. Whether it’s open heart surgery, shampooing dogs, travel writing or trading stocks, it’s finding what makes you happy.

    If you want to travel, go do it. It may be everything you dreamed it would be and more. It may also be really fun and realize after a while that it gets old, like everything.

    • Liz

      Thanks for your thoughts, Rob, like everything in life it’s isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. At the very least, the OPTION to be able to take off is what I’m really searching for. Taking steps to make it happen, and I 100% agree with you, it’s finding whatever it is that makes you really happy.

      I enjoyed poking around your site, I have to agree, I loved Rome as well, though maybe for some different reasons than you! I highly preferred it to Athens.

  • You pose some difficult questions. I am currently 7 months into a travel sabbatical. I cannot say that I left because I don’t like the 9-5 routine (I actually do like routine in general). I cannot say that I left because I do not like having a boss (being your own boss can be stressful and demanding).

    All I know is that experiencing long-term travel is important to me at this point in my life. I do not yet know what I want to be when I grow up 🙂

  • Liz

    Hey Stephanie, thanks for your comments! I have to agree with you that I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up either, what I’m working with now is knowing what I don’t want to be and going from there. I agree with some of the sentiments in your blog, I wish the idea of long term travel was something that was more ingrained in America. Looking back I wish I had taken a Gap Year either before or after college.

  • I don’t think you ever get it out of your system… I know I haven’t! It only seems to get stronger and stronger until I have to travel somewhere- even if it’s just out of my town! I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up either… 🙂

    • Liz

      I agree with that! Sometimes I have to go on vacation or I am in a horrible mood for weeks, it’s the addition they never tell us about. Love the Don’t Panic guides on your site, that’s a great idea!