The Corporate Traveler

There seems to be a common misconception that there are only 2 types of people in this world: (1) the Corporate and (2) the Traveler.

Their portraits imply that these two types of people have complete opposite values, incompatible lifestyles, and neither of the two shall ever cross.

The Corporate goes about his day with a business suit and a black umbrella on some form of Wall Street of the world – nothing on his mind but the numbers of today’s closing stocks and his own bank account. He works in an office and is seen, by popular opinion, of being realistic, practical, and successful. He started to advance his career at an early stage in college by interning for several multinational corporations, and is set to accept nothing but the best 5-star luxury hotels in Cuba as a spot for vacationing.

The Traveler drifts around the world, going wherever the wind takes him. He doesn’t necessarily care about security or material wealth, but rather keeps his entire life in a knapsack and makes ends meet by finding casual work where he can. He climbs mountains and dives from planes, and every moment is spent to enjoy life, meet new people, and live with no regrets. He is defined as adventurous and care-free, simple and idealistic. People think he is running away or escaping from reality; perhaps fearful of or avoiding commitment, but he claims he is merely pursuing happiness, passion, and self-discovery.

In honest to God truth, both these extremities annoy the crap out of me. I value both but am consumed by neither, and it is quite eye-roll-inducing when by the opinion of the general public, a path taken can only lead to association with one of the two identities.

While I want to travel and understand the world, I also value a professional career and good financial means. I am a firm believer that you can have, and need a balance of both worlds. Through experience, I have come to realize that life is better enjoyed in simplicity, but that it should be by a choice of free will, not by necessity. I like the “freedom” of odd work hours and the ache of tired legs after a day of working a casual job, but I also enjoy a conventional 9-5 workday at the office filled with computer screens, investment portfolios, and vanilla lattes.

That being said, my move across the pond is all about trying new things, learning about a different set of historical and cultural values, finding a home, finding me. But it is as much that as an opportunity to build more experience in the career field; a chance to actively learn and hone professional skills; see how business and economics functions at an international level. I am in all respects to both worlds, a Corporate Traveler.

“I want to know, not just believe that the world is round.” – Katherine Brook (Anne of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery)

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3 thoughts on “The Corporate Traveler

  1. I agree that it’s a false choice between travel and career. It’s just about finding whatever balance works for you.

    I’m an expat living in South Korea and I blog about travel and expat life as well and am always looking to connect with people who blog about similar themes. Please visit me at bosmosis.wordpress.com sometime. Cheers, and good luck with everything!

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