Daydreaming about a month in France
To travel nonstop and make it a lifestyle is not one of my immediate goals. I don’t know if that will ever change, because it does sound somewhat exotic and appealing. But for now, I have a job where I am respected, a city that I like to live in, a home (apartment) that I really like, and a dog that I really love coming home to everyday. So I don’t think that long term travel is in the cards for me, however one thing I’ve thought about, since my office has become increasingly flexible about remote workers (we have two in different states now) is working remote for a month while I travel somewhere.
I haven’t exactly planned out all of the details for my proposal, because I am not ready to do it yet, but it will probably be for a trip in 2017 that I propose this idea. Since I have been taking French classes for over a year, I would love to spend some extended time in France, most likely Paris. A month there would probably improve my skills immensely.
Daydreaming about it: I would rent an apartment, bring my dog if possible and we would live as much like locals as possible. I would work/be online for a hybrid of local working hours and make myself available online during Chicago hours. Briefly thinking about it, I would get up, be online by 8 am Paris time, answer emails and phone calls and get some work done in 2-3 hours. Then I would go out and enjoy my day, speaking French, visiting some tourist sites, interacting with locals, doing my grocery shopping, etc. By 2 pm Paris time, I would come back and work for another 3-4 hours so that I am finished by 6/7 pm local Paris time and could go out and start my dinner plans at a normal time. I would take every Friday or Monday off as a vacation day for the duration of my stay so that I could do weekend trips to other parts of France or neighboring countries like Belgium, The Netherlands, or even a weekend trip to London - because I love London.
I guess the whole point of this post, while it is currently daydreaming, is to start thinking about it because remote employment doesn’t currently have geographical limits. And if others can work from home very successfully long term or while they have new family situations at home - then why can’t I do it for a month to enrich my own life? As workplaces become increasingly lenient and flexible with long-term remote work agreements for families, they also need to have the same options available to people who do not have families and offer the same flexibility for the short-term, at the very least.
I need to present all the facts for when I ask because the worst thing that I can be told is no. However, if I am, I am going to take the answer no as a maybe/not yet and just keep working on it. I am determined to make it happen.
Have you ever taken a sabbatical or an extended vacation in another country and how did you arrange it with your employer? I am interested in hearing all stories.