Hello! Gen Y Wants To Travel

7 May


Growing up, I always knew I wanted to travel.

I also knew, that it would require me to have lots of money.

So I strategized.

I worked hard in school. I got good grades. I got a scholarship to college.

I started a full-time job when I was 19 and graduated when I was just 20.


I had a full-time job AND made enough money to afford my inexplicable need to hop on a plane whenever I wanted.

Or so I thought.

You see…

Traveling requires money.

And to have money, you need a job.

But to be able to KEEP your job and therefore KEEP having money, you can’t just spend weeks at a time traveling.

Dissappointing, I know.

I think that today, more than ever, young people want to travel.

More than ever, they want to see the world.

And they want to do so while they’re young and have no kids and while they still have their friends from college to go with.

But it’s kind of hard to do that if they have no money. And if they HAVE jobs and therefore HAVE money, it’s STILL hard, because they just don’t have the time to do it.

They can’t just start a new job, walk into their boss’ office, and ask for a month off because they need to go see Europe.

That’s not exactly what employers want to hear.

So more than ever, young professionals are seeking out jobs that allow them to travel.

They’re seeking jobs that advertise in their job descriptions: 70-80% travel.


Because they haven’t seen the world yet!

And they want to. Desperately.

So jobs that let them do that are instantly the most attractive. They’re the most exciting.

That’s why I really liked this contest that I came across…

It’s called Around the World in 80 Jobs, sponsored by Adecco, a leader in full-time and temporary staffing solutions.

Essentially, the contest is giving eight winners the opportunity of a lifetime.

Eight winners will have the chance to explore the world while gaining on-the-job experience.

Check out the video below and if you’re interested, you have until May 20th to enter.

Sooo…What do you think? Share your thoughts and comment below for a chance to win a $100 Banana Republic Gift Card.

What’s your dream job? What’s your dream location?

Would you LOVE to travel or am I the only crazy person who wants to?

Giveaway sponsored by Adecco.

26 Responses to “Hello! Gen Y Wants To Travel”

  1. Thirty-Something Lindy May 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    This is a really cool idea! I have taken jobs that allow me to travel and now that I am getting married I know how valuable that has been for me!

  2. Christopher Whitehead May 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I travelled very extensively in my professional life and many in my family have. When you are young and don’t have a family it’s great to be a nomad. But after a while you long for home. Your relatives want to see you. You miss family gatherings. Then you just want to be home for a while.

  3. Katie Robinson May 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    This is something I have wanted to do for so long and now that I’m set up in my adult life I’m so afraid I will never get the chance. With the same pressure of having a full time job, as you mentioned, and paying for rent… how and when am I suppose to travel? I’ll be 24 in less than 2 months. I view my twenties as a time to gain experience but also enjoy life (something that I hope I do my whole life), but right now it’s only been an idea. I’ve only thought about it. I’ve put some ideas down on paper and started saving up for an “Adventure Fund”, but what about all the obligations I leave behind? If by some chance I do have the opportunity to travel for a month, then I’m paying for travel and months rent… Even hearing myself say this right now is so upsetting. It actually makes me mad. Why am I conforming myself to these limitations? Aren’t they just obstacles not actually walls blocking me form traveling? At the end of June I will have my adventure fund and I should be going on my first small road trip following a concert tour from New York to Toronto, Canada. This will be my first road trip and my first time to Canada. Maybe by doing I’ll loosen up and learn I can take the risk. Even if it’s only for a long weekend. Maybe that’s how I’ll start my travels.

    Thank you for this post and for the video. I’m going to look further into “Around the World in 80 Jobs”. Maybe there’s something in there that will inspire me to do something bigger, sooner.

  4. makingsenseofcents May 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I would love to be able to travel more, and do some extensive traveling as well. Great post!

  5. vrbridge May 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    I have always wanted to travel in any capacity. I love the idea of going to foreign places and immersing myself in the culture. I have envied people who have the ability to take off and travel (and I always obsess over the pictures they post on social media sites). I hope to one day be the person that gets to put the pictures up. I hope to have my own experiences by living in places that get me out of my comfort zone. The best time to do it is while we’re young and excited for those experiences.

  6. c to c friendspirations May 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Oh my goodness, what an awesome and realistic post! I, like most above, have always dreamed of traveling from place to place, immersing myself in the culture (I mean food) and learning about people from other parts of the world. However, reality has always gotten in the way of that. Darn those responsibilities and bills! Now I am in my early 30’s and I am afraid it won’t ever happen :-( BUT, I want to keep that dream alive and hope that one day it will come true.

  7. Brianna K. @ Hungry Gator Gal May 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    What a cool job opportunity! I had no idea such a company existed.

    I’ve known since I went on my first cruise vacation at 14 years old that i want to travel. However, school and jobs always take precedence over this love.

    Sometimes, the two collide. I took an internship at the State Department in Washington, D.C. in fall 2012 largely in part to learn about different cultures. I love D.C. and would like to live there after college graduation in May 2014.

  8. becca3416 May 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Thank you for this! It’s such a relevant struggle. I am about to quit my job and live off of money I was luckily able to save to travel and possible move somewhere new, but it wont last long.

    • Kayla Cruz May 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      Congrats Becca! You’re the winner of the Adecco giveaway! Thanks to random.org’s random number generator, you’ve been selected to receive the $100 Banana Republic Gift Card. Shoot me a quick e-mail with your info (full name and address to send the gift card to) so that I can get it to you ASAP! Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us! :)

      • becca3416 May 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

        This is the most exciting thing to happen to me in a while! Yay! Thanks Kayla. You’re blog has been one of my favorites for over a year now.

  9. marrymeknot May 8, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Travel changed my life. When I was 21 I studied abroad in Rome. It was the first time I really felt like “life was worth living for something.” At such a young age, your world is small, it consists of your family, school and your job. I hadn’t seen anything that inspired me like I had when I was walking through the streets in Rome only to turn the corner and see the Pantheon. I ate food, lived in cultures, and met people completely different than my world back home.
    I had been bitten by the bug. Every so often it starts to itch again and I know it’s time to travel. I took off to South America for two months when I was 25 to once again, explore, learn and be inspired.
    Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, if your heart is calling for you to travel then you must do it. Don’t think about the limitations your mind creates, that is just fear disguised as “rational thinking.” Your life will still be here when you return.
    Go stay in hostels, meet strangers, eat food that you are offered because you know it would otherwise be rude, but doesn’t quite look like any meat you are “used to”, ride a bus for 18 hours,walk for a whole day with a map in your hand only to realize you’ve just been making circles, better yet–forget the map, get lost. You will find yourself and I promise, you won’t regret it.

  10. conexiion May 8, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Great post, Kayla! My husband and I have had the pleasure to travel a little and every time, we have not been disappointed. You come back home learning about new people, food, places, ways of life and thinking that just makes you a richer person!

  11. emahorvat May 8, 2013 at 2:33 am #

    How awesome is this competition. You want to go and pack a bag straight away.
    I believe taking up any opportunity to travel anywhere is vital – the benefits out weigh the doubts you may have regarding rent, job etc. To all that question their jobs allowance of time off, there are some really great companies I’ve worked for in the past that encouraged a few weeks off here and there. It takes you out of your comort zone, you learn something that no university or book will provide and you come back more motivated than ever! I think it’s something companies should make as part of their ‘flexible work terms’.

    Great article :)

  12. emahorvat May 8, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Reblogged this on emahorvat and commented:
    Check this awesome competition out supported by Adecco! Travel/work … the opportunities are endless!!

  13. Dannie Higginbotham May 8, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    This is why I chose to work abroad while I still can. I’m 23 and don’t have anything tying me down in the USA, so I took a job teaching English in Korea to give myself a chance to live in/travel Asia. There are plenty of English-teaching jobs abroad for recent college grads, and depending on the country you go to, you can make good money. The only downside is you do end up behind when you go back to the USA because you basically took time off of real life.

  14. venicesinking May 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on venicesinking.

  15. nmreyes May 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Getting itchy-feet is common for most young people, and I’m definitely in that position where I have a full-time job with decent pay so I don’t want to go to my boss and ask lots of time off to travel! However, I work at a company with an alternative work week (4 days a week, 10 hour days) and it’s amazing the difference having 3-day weekends all the time makes – there is PLENTY of time for day trips and trips to places that are just a short Southwest flight away. I think finding work with a company that has an alternative work week and/or lets you work from home can be a happy medium if you want to travel locally while saving money for big trips later.

  16. savannahliu May 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Savannah Liu. and commented:
    I’m one of the many that wants to travel and see the world so bad, just like you. I’ve not actually gotten round to thinking about it practically considering I’m still in college and have uni to come yet! Love love love this idea. It seems to much fun and the amount of experience you’d get is phenomonanal. I hope the opportunity is still there when my time comes. I’m getting all jittery just thinking about it!
    Thank you for sharing this!

  17. LJ Innes May 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    You go girl – I’m generation X and I say “don’t wait a minute” – contest or not contest – travel – the younger you are the more fun (and easier) it is – plus you have a great writing style, you could do a lot with it. Thanks for stopping by my article blog – come checkout my photo blog too sometime – I just recently had the chance to explore my travel bug and I’m hooked.

  18. rachelmeeks May 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    I’ve been but by the travel bug BAD. And pinterest doesn’t help! Haha!

  19. Gary Gaffney (@PTANDF) August 29, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I enjoyed traveling in my late 20’s before I was married and had kids. Its actually easy to travel and work. I was a restaurant manager and server and could work anywhere. New York City one year, then Montana the next. Let someone else pay you to see the world. It beats staying at home.

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