I crave international experience and welcome the opportunity to live out my sense of adventure while gaining global acumen.
And while I am interested in all types of working abroad arrangements – fly-in and fly-out, short-term stays, long term assignments, and indefinite postings – these have not always been readily available or personally practical in my full-time work based in New York City.
In order to create the dynamic global lifestyle I want and do really great full-time work, I’ve had to be creative and flexible!
Jill Ozovek from Career Kitchen recently invited me onto her podcast, The Career Passport, to talk about how I’ve designed a travel life that works for me.
Below is Jill’s write-up on our chat. I think she got to the heart of how I made it happen! Also, make sure and check out Podcast audio and grab the Episode Freebie for tons of tips!
What happens when you cross someone who knows what they want with not having any clue how to actually get there? Well, you get Lynze Ballay, Founder of She Works Abroad and AVP at Sprinklr. After she got her first taste of travel as a college student, she was hooked and knew that travel was a non-negotiable she’d carry through the rest of her life. But just being happy with the 2-3 weeks of vacation that a large number of American companies give to employees was not in the cards for Lynze. Nor was she necessarily looking for a consulting gig where she’d travel weekly.
No, no, this was gonna be big. Through trial and error, she honed in on what she wanted to do: work full-time for a company doing what she was good at while going abroad to a place of her choosing for a full month at least once a quarter.
For those of you keeping score at home, this means she averages working and living abroad 4 months per year in places of her choosing. Oh and she has a husband and a dog in Brooklyn. Oh- and a team of seven at the Sprinklr offices in New York. And her side business She Works Abroad, where she helps people figure out their options for doing this themselves.
Sounds crazy, right? Maybe on the surface, but in this week’s episode, “Creating a Life Design that Works for You”, we get into the nitty gritty n how she makes this happen, and we’ve developed a tool you can get here based on her experience to help you figure it out for yourself.
We’re talking specifically with Lynze in this week’s episode about:
- How she got started trying to figure this out when she had no idea where to start!
- Her pearls of wisdom like “Do everything in your power to hear “yes”, not “no” and “There’s never a good time to go, so just do it.”
- The must-have ingredients you must have for success here
- How she got her boss and management on board
- What she put in her proposal to get them to say yes
- How she plans her trips (including travel hacks and budgeting!)
- How she manages her team from abroad
The point here is, if you have a dream or a goal, it’s important to be open and transparent with your company. Even if it’s not travel and it’s another thing you’re looking for from your company- you’re in the driver’s seat and no one is going to hand you these kinds of perks without you asking. (And if you’re sitting there thinking your company would say no out the gate, it might be worth reevaluating whether the company is right for you.)
Enjoy this one, guys! It’s truly a gem to listen to Lynze talk about this.
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SHOW TIMES (TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE)
1:20- Lynze’s Story- how did she get to this point of infusing travel
4:50: One attempt that didn’t work out
6:30 The turning point/mental shift
9:30: Making the plan sustainable
10:30 Nuts and Bolts of Making it Happen
15:10 Changing Your Strategy As an Employee
17:45 I’m scared to speak up: How do I do what Lynze did?
22:40 How did the team benefit when I was abroad?
26:40 The benefits of being globally aware
29:35 How do you parse out your work time versus your fun time while abroad?
33:25 Brazil trip & Building a Network & Budget & Travel Hacks
38:00 Travel Musings
41:00 She Works Abroad
45:00 Rapid Fire Questions