Can you really take time off your normal corporate job and travel the world? Of course you can! However, this usually remains a dream for many people because they assume that they will never be able to make it a reality. You just need to believe in yourself enough to make things happen. It’s one thing to believe that you can’t do it, but if you’ve never tried it you really can’t say whether you can do it or not.
Thankfully, the reality is that you can do anything that you put your mind to. You just need to think about it from a different perspective. For example, you might recall a saying that businesses think in terms of what’s valuable to the organization, not necessarily valuable to the organization.
This might mean that you present the terms of what you want in a way that sounds like you’re trying to help the company, rather than trying to only help yourself.
How do you get started? Well, we’re definitely glad that you asked!
First and foremost, you will need to think about exactly why you want to travel. If it’s something that can’t be packed into a standard one week vacation, you might want to point this out. For example, if you wanted to donate your time to an area that needs volunteers, your company might feel that it would be a good publicity opportunity to point out that one of their employees is giving their time is such a selfless manner. On the other hand, if you have a chance to represent another branch of your company, this could be something that makes the company want to send you to a far off location. You’ll be able to get the most out of the destination, without having to dip into your vacation time too much.
Don’t forget that you will need to make sure that you’re asking the right person at work for time off. Sometimes it’s not your immediate supervisor that has to be informed of your desires to take time off work. You might need to talk with the person that handles all of the time off requests, which could be in the human resources department.
Make sure that when you’re making your request that you don’t waste time with small chatter. You want to stick to the high points of your requests, without going too much into detail. Your human resources department is very busy, and they just need the specifics.
Now, what do you do if you don’t get your request approved immediately? You will want to carefully appeal the decision, especially if you think that the company would benefit from your temporary departure. If you know in your heart that seeing a new part of the world and doing something exciting can help you in your duties within an organization, you owe it to yourself to pursue the opportunity.
Can this be hard for some people to deal with? Sure it can be. You can’t expect that everyone will be approving of your desire to travel the world, but you will need to make sure that you just push forward if you really do feel so strongly about the decision. At the end of the day, you will be glad that you stuck with your desire to travel — even if it meant that you caused a little bit of conflict along the way!