Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Keeping Travel a Secret from Work

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Image: Greg Knapp

As I planned my epic trip to Asia, I kept it a secret from my company for several months.  It was NOT easy.  In fact, the most difficult part was not being able to be open about it on this blog!

I wrote a guest post on this exact subject for A Pair of Panties and Boxers.  I was happy to write for Monica, the girl behind the blog, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in New York this summer.

“Are you going to Southeast Asia?”

I swivel around to see a coworker standing at the edge of my cubicle, pointing to the copy of Lonely Planet:  Southeast Asia on a Shoestring sticking out of my purse.

I think quickly.  “Thailand for Christmas.  Well, I’m thinking about it.  Not sure yet.”  I could also be in Laos or Cambodia or Vietnam.

“Nice.”  My coworker gives me a thumbs up.  “I’d love to go to Thailand.”

Thailand for Christmas.  I guess that could be my story from now on.

It wasn’t a lie, exactly.  It’s just that Thailand for Christmas happened to be one small part of a seven-month jaunt through Southeast Asia…

Read more at A Pair of Panties and Boxers!

Comments

8 Responses to “Keeping Travel a Secret from Work”
  1. Amanda says:

    Love it! I don’t know how you kept it a secret for so long!

    I’m in a similar bind, but it’s not because of any grand travel plans. I’m thinking of going back to school next fall to get my master’s, and I have to figure out how to go about telling work…

    • Well, how badly do they need you and how easy are you to replace? I’d use that as your guide! In my case, they were constantly hiring new people for my position, so I knew I had to be on my toes.

      • Amanda says:

        Well, ideally there’s not a lot of turnover where I work. And they really like me.

        But I have to tell them, because I want to ask my boss for a letter of recommendation. Haha.

  2. Great post, it must have felt so liberating to get the news out there about your travels!

  3. Jenny says:

    I’m not sure I’d like hiding a trip like that! Good thing I like my boss… erm well myself. 😉

    • Alicia says:

      Keeping a travel a secret is impossible for me. I am a talker and I am the kind of person who shares everything in my life especially when it comes to all my successful and unforgettable travels. I am proud to travel and reach places so It is just but natural to let people know.

  4. Martha says:

    Hiya, I have just discovered this blog and I’m loving it! Mainly because I can relate to so much of the stuff I have read so far – especially this! I’m planning on handing my notice in at my job in 3 weeks (I’m 27) and heading off in February, with a view of doing at least 6 months in S.E Asia, then who knows! anyway, it’s lovely to read blogs like this when I’m having a moment of freaking out and wondering if I’m doing the right thing – I need to be reminded that I am!

    I’m really close to the people I work with (I’ve been there 4 years) and it’s driving me insane not being able to talk about it. But not long now…

    I’m really new to this travel blog stuff, but I’ve recently started my own (listed as my website, I need to get facebook and twitter sorted too, but I’m too scared about work getting suspicious at the moment) and I’m using sites like this for inspiration. So I just wanted to say thanks really! I hope I can use the travel blog community to meet people like you did. Sorry about the essay, I do tend to ramble!

    Martha x

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