A vacation can be however long you want it to be. But not everyone knows this. I know because of the feedback I received from friends and family when they found out we’d be gone for eight weeks.
Friend A: Are you going to get a job there?
Me: Ummm I have a job already.
Friend B: How will I talk to you?
Me: Ummm the same way we’ve been talking. Zoom, Google Duo, FaceTime?
In-Law: Don’t work too hard over there!
Me: I gotta work so I can pay for this trip lol
In-Law: Yeah, right. Don’t even try it.
Me: 😬 ha-ha
Friend C: What are you doing over there?
Friend C: Doing what?
Me: 🧐 My job.
This trip and others’ responses to it reminded me of a term I came up with a few years ago: #RethinkYourRhetoric. It was a way to remind myself and others to think outside of our societal and self-imposed boxes.
Many people I talked to have one idea of what a vacation is. It’s 3-8 days. You save your money, leave, and return (sometimes tired).
But that’s not the only way you can see another place, especially in times when most companies are fine with remote working and while millennials seem to be paving the way as digital nomads.
Depending on your position and job’s expectations, you can work from anywhere, which means the world is literally your oyster.
This type of travel also allows for the following:
- Working. Dwight and I worked just like we would in the States—Monday through Friday. In fact, I’d argue I worked a little more because I shaved off two hours by not working out religiously and watched very little TV. My workday began around seven in the morning and ended at varied times in the evening, depending on if we had to cook or shop.
- Relaxing. Unlike traditional vacays where you’re running around trying to see all of the things in a set amount of time, extended travel helps you to view surroundings in a relaxed frame of mind. Every weekend, Dwight and I took a road trip to another part of the country and returned back to our Airbnb refreshed and ready to work at our jobs.
- Immersing. A longer period also means you can immerse yourself in the culture. Meaning, you can practice and improve upon speaking the language and also learn and live the country’s customs. There’s nothing like learning Costa Rica doesn’t use plastic bags for shopping, while translating the cashier’s words and angry tone after you’ve bought a bunch of stuff and don’t know how you’ll get it home.
I never advocate for someone doing what I’ve done. That’s not what life’s all about. However, I will always encourage others to rethink their rhetoric. Most of what society teaches is to keep you in a bubble, and once you’ve mastered those lessons, you’ll keep yourself coloring in the lines.
See what happens if you think about something a different way. See what happens when you rethink your rhetoric.
- Living in Central America for 8 Weeks: Rethink your Rhetoric (Part VI)
- Living in Central America for 8 Weeks: “Crazy,” “Stupid,” “Selfish,” and other Judgments (Part V)
- Living in Central America for 8 Weeks: Freedom (Part IV)
- Living in Central America for 8 Weeks: Patience (Part III)
- Living in Central America for 8 Weeks: Routines and Other Self-Imposed Creations (Part II)