One of the best things about traveling is that it’s like a break from real life; you’re just living for yourself and in the moment. But it’s also a dangerous mindset because unless you’re a traveling influencer on Instagram or have boatloads of money, real life is always in the shadows-with bills, social pressures, insecurities, etc. Dark, I know, but it’s the truth.
When I decided to kick off post-college life with a four-month volunteer trip to Europe, I was equal parts excited and relieved. Not only did I have a plan in place that I was genuinely happy about, but I wasn’t stressed about finding a job; that was future Lexa’s problem. While my friends were filling out law school applications, I was flipping through guidebooks. I felt like I had slyly avoided the post-grad pressure of “having my stuff together.” I had MONTHS to figure out my next move.
So, the big question: Was traveling worth the career setback?
For others out there banging their heads into a wall (because job searching sucks), here’s what I learned: