How You Can Mix Foreign Travel and Your Career

If you already know you’re one of those people who will never be content with two weeks of vacation each year, it’s time to figure out how to make travel your lifestyle. Fortunately, there are more opportunities than ever to do this.

Getting Your Degree

In order to get most of the types of jobs that allow you to travel and live abroad, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree at minimum. You might think that you should be saving every penny for travel, but college will pay off with a lifetime of opportunities to live and work overseas. If money is an issue, consider taking out a student loan. Student loans tend to be easy to apply for and can supplement or replace federal funding, scholarships, grants, savings and any other sources of funding for school. While you are in school, doing a study or work abroad program and learning another language can better prepare you for an international lifestyle.

Choosing Your Travel Lifestyle

There are many different choices for your travel lifestyle, and of course, you may find that you want to change it up throughout your life. But you have to start somewhere, so here are some questions you need to ask yourself. Do you want to be based in the United States and work at a job that has you traveling often? Do you want to move to another country and put down roots there? Do you want to have the opportunity to live in many different countries for short or medium periods of time? How much control do you want to have over where you go next? Do you want to be self-employed? The answers to these questions will help you determine what type of career to pursue.

Your Career Options

One in five workers will look for a new job in the next six months. That’s because career options are many and varied. Looking for a job that allows you to be US-based but offers a lot of foreign travel is fairly straightforward as this is usually in the job description, but you still may want to consider what type of job you want. Would you like an office job that involves business trips, or would you prefer to work as a flight attendant? Another fairly straightforward option is if you have a parent or, sometimes, a grandparent from a country you’d like to live and work in. It is often possible to gain citizenship even if you are not one presently.

Beyond these situations, there are many other options. You could take a position at a company that has overseas branches and try to get an internal transfer. You could find out what skills are in demand and will get you a visa in the country of your choice, and study that in college. You won’t get rich travel nursing or English teaching, but you will just about have your pick of countries and opportunities. You could also join the foreign service, which, if you pass their stringent hiring requirements, will transfer you somewhere different every few years. Finally, you could start your own business, one that allows you to work in any location, as long as you don’t come into conflict with local visa regulations.

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Where will the 2022 March Madness tournament and the Final Four be located?

With the Superbowl behind us now another major sports event is coming up fast. The NCAA Men’s (and Women’s) college basketball tournament will kick off with the First Four on March 15th in Dayton, Ohio. A little more on that in a bit.

Popularly referred to as March Madness, dozens of college teams from around the country will be crisscrossing on buses and planes to locations around the country to play one another in hopes of moving onto the next host city. 

Where will my college be playing so I can make travel plans?

So where in the world will your Alma Mater be playing in this year’s NCAA D1 basketball tournament? Well, it’s tough to make those specific March Madness predictions because as of the publication date, we don’t even know which teams will be chosen. The competing programs won’t be seeded and placed into their “regions” until Selection Sunday. Selection Sunday will happen on March 13th this year. 

There is some good news; we do know the host cities for this year’s March Madness tournament and the dates in which they’re scheduled to play. 

NCAA Tournament Locations for 2022

Though you may not be able to buy plane tickets and book hotels just yet, you can start to get excited about potentially visiting Portland, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Chicago and hopefully for the Final Four in New Orleans.

NCAA College Basketball Tournament Cities for 2022
Dayton Ohio UD Arena First Four March 15 & 16
Buffalo New York KeyBank Center First/Second March 17 &19
Indianapolis Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse First/Second March 17 &19
Fort Worth Texas Dickies Arena First/Second March 17 & 19
Portland Oregon Moda Center First/Second March 17 & 19
Greenville South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena First/Second March 18 & 20
Milwaukee Wisconsin Fiserv Forum First/Second March 18 & 20
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena First/Second March 18 & 20
San Diego California Viejas Arena First/Second March 18 & 20
San Antonio Texas AT&T Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 & 26
San Francisco California Chase Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 & 26
Chicago Illinois United Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 & 27
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 & 27
New Orleans Caesars Superdome Final Four April 2 & 4

Except for 2021, the First Four has been played in Dayton, Ohio at the University of Dayton. The one exception was in the 2021 March Madness tournament where we saw the games being played in Indiana. Two games were played at the Mackey Arena, the home of Purdue University while the other two games in the First Four were played at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on the homecourt of Indiana University Bloomington. Here’s a little explainer of The First Four.

So if you had a choice which cities get you the most excited to visit? For me, it’s New Orleans, Milwaukee and San Francisco. That said, you can’t beat the weather in San Diego. 


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Which travel was worse: Lebron James’ stroll or Kendrick Perkins’ dancing?

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