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Choosing Life (And A Dream Job) Over Travel

Choosing Life (And A Dream Job) Over Travel

Just over a week ago it was proudly announced on our Facebook Page that we were going to New Zealand for the first time in April. After the flights were booked we immediately started researching potential activities and compiled an impressive itinerary featuring Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland and many other North Island attractions (including Zorbing!).

Today’s post was supposed to be titled “We’re Going To New Zealand” with complete details of our plans and asking you, our readers, to tell us what you think we should do there.

SkyJump Auckland

SkyJump Auckland - something we were considering doing in April.

Instead this post is being used to announce that our plans to travel to New Zealand have now been postponed indefinitely.

What the hell, you might be thinking? Well there’s a good reason behind this decision. As of next Monday I’ll be employed by the Australian Football League on a three-month contract to work on the biggest sporting website in Australia.

Kieron back to wearing a suit

Back to wearing a suit as of next Monday!

Considering football and online media are two of my biggest passions in life (excluding travel, of course!), this is as close to my dream job as I’m going to get. In fact, it’s the elusive job I was desperately searching for before Amy & I decided that we wanted to travel long-term in late 2010.

Although taking this job meant sacrificing our immediate travel plans, I had no hesitations in accepting the contract offer when it came my way.

I know we’re usually strong advocates of getting people to travel as soon as possible but our underlying message is always the same…

Do whatever makes you happy!

After being rejected for a Canadian Working Visa last year, it made me realize that everything in life happens for a reason. As a consequence, another door opened and we were able to visit Iceland which became our favorite destination in the entire world.

The timing of this job offer proves that we’re destined to be in Melbourne for at least a few more months and in my situation, the positives of accepting this position far outweigh the negatives.

I get the chance to try out my dream job (while getting paid handsomely to do so!), I get work experience that is certain to make me more attractive to future employers and we know that New Zealand will still be there for us to visit in three months time.

If an opportunity comes your way in life and it makes you happy, seize it!

“I do not regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do.”
– Rory Cochrane


If you were offered your dream job tomorrow, would you sacrifice travel in order to take it?

Flickr Photo: Daniele Sartori


  1. Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! I think it sounds amazing! I know if I got a similar opportunity, I would jump at it! You’re right – it’s all about doing what makes you happy. And contrary to what some may have us believe, it is possible to have a regular job and be happy with it. 🙂
    Katie recently posted..Transdniestr: A Day in a Country That Doesn’t Exist

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Katie – apart from having to cancel our NZ plans, it’s worked out absolutely perfectly. We do believe in fate and it’s blatantly obvious that this was meant to be.

      Unfortunately having an enjoyable job is still a dream for too many which is why we always encourage people to chase their dreams, whatever they may be!

  2. Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, and definitely sounds like the right decision! Another reason for me to get up at the crack of dawn and watch Aussie:)
    The World of Deej recently posted..Paradiso 37 – Downtown Disney

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Deej. If you have any questions about our Aussie game be sure to let me know!

  3. Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, congratulations!!! That’s such a cool and exciting job! And who knows where it may lead! The AFL…..it’s like working for the most important organisation in our country… That’s bloody impressive!

    Indeed, things like this, and your Canada visa issues, do seem to fall in line for some good reason….not sure I really believe in fate and all that, but life sure does have a funny way of serving you up opportunities when you need them!!

    The world, and your travel desire, will always be there. A chance to put the AFL on your resume may not be!
    Tash recently posted..The Ghan, Katherine Gorge and Uluru

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      Haha cheers Tash – it’s definitely going to be one hell of a job even if I do have to commute out to Footscray for the first couple of weeks.

      I never believed in fate until things started mysteriously always working out for the best, even when a bad result seemed unavoidable. I’ve applied for 5-10 jobs since we arrived back in Melbourne and I stumbled upon this one by complete chance.

      And precisely, having the AFL on my resume is hopefully a ticket to some more amazing opportunities in the future. You never know, if all goes well I could be still working there at the end of the year and beyond!

  4. Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I would do it, if it was a short term situation like yours. Matt and I were planning on going to South America and then I got offered a TV hosting job which is where I’ve been working for 2 years now. It’s been extremely hard as it’s not the greatest place to be but at least it’s helped us save for our bigger, RTW trip coming up soon. Congrats on the new job Kieron!!
    Caro recently posted..Transfer your old postcards to canvas!

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

      That’s exactly why I’ve been hesitant to take on a full-time job that I didn’t enjoy – I didn’t want anything to tie us down for the long-term.

      This works out brilliantly as we can only look forward 3 months and then re-evaluate once that period is finished. You may not be enjoying your job now but you definitely would’ve regretted it more if you hadn’t of taken it… plus it means a whole lot more money to see a lot more of the world just a couple of years later!

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      Exactly what we though when we decided to go for it! And now? 99 days away from seeing the world! Woo-hoo! You’ll see, you’ve made a good decision : )
      Caro recently posted..Transfer your old postcards to canvas!

  5. Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the great job! There are so many ways to set up your life to be happy, travel, and make enough money to support your passions. And this is a 3 month contract, maybe short contract work can be what you do in between traveling. Sounds like a great opportunity for you, I’m glad you not only know what your dream job is, but that you were also able to get the job.
    Ali recently posted..Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market in Photos

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Ali. Our RTW trip made us realize that traveling indefinitely wasn’t the lifestyle we were seeking – we definitely want to have a home base and go on several shorter trips throughout the year.

      That would be perfect but unfortunately these contracting jobs are pretty rare. Luckily this one came up at the perfect time for me and I was able to grab it with both hands. 🙂

  6. Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Kieron! In the end, life is about chasing your dreams – so go for it!

    And plus, work is not a hindrance to travel – there are many ways to mix both. Plus think of it this way, job = salary = money for travel! 🙂
    Jerick recently posted..Five ways of enjoying the Hong Kong skyline

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jerick, we’ve definitely been trying to see as much of Melbourne as we can since we got back but there’s still plenty more hidden gems for us to find.

      As the salary is definitely a nice little bonus for the three months of work. 🙂

  7. Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Your post title makes it sound like you have to choose between “life” and “travel”. And then you’ve obviously proven that you can have both! 🙂

    Dalene recently posted..Life In A Northern Town

    • Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

      Haha even though it was a no-contest there was still a choice to be made between our trip to New Zealand and this job offer, hence the title. 🙂

      But you’re totally right, it’s completely possible to have both if you’re willing to take a chance every now and again.

  8. Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    I have my dream job – travelling and making money! 🙂

    Good luck with the new job, you’ll rock it!
    Lauren recently posted..Eight Months of Travel – Summary and Statistics

  9. Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Wow!! Congrats on the job of your dreams –
    The reason most of us travel is because that is a #dream thing to do – something that is for many way more enjoyable than doing the ‘stay at home’ working thing –
    But when a ‘job’ comes your way that is as fun as travelling you’ve really landed a lucky break –
    Relish it!! 🙂
    Linda ~ Journey Jott recently posted..The Expanse of the Barkly Tableland

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Thanks Linda! Travel will still be better than working any day but you need to be able to fund those adventures somehow and why not do it with a dream job? 🙂

  10. Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Congrats man!! The world will be there when you get back on the road! Speaking of jobs, I have to start sending resumes in a couple of weeks. haha.

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Thanks! You’re getting back into the workforce soon? Damn that went quick!

  11. Posted March 22, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the dream job! It’s always exciting when you find a job that doesn’t feel like a job. While I’d love to travel the world for extended periods of time, it’s not likely for me, but I’m okay with that since I do love what I do for a living. For now, until we win the lottery, short trips will have to do!
    Amy recently posted..Australia: Day 10, Canberra and Aussie War Heroes

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      We definitely discovered last year that shorter trips are for us and if we can have a home base somewhere where we can make a decent living in between those then life would just about be perfect!

  12. Posted March 22, 2012 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Awesome, congrats! I would have done the same.
    Roy Marvelous recently posted..Week 2: Muay Thai Training In Phuket [Review & Cost]

  13. Posted March 22, 2012 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Congrats Kieron! New Zealand (and the world) can wait 3 months. You’re going to be great. I might even brush up on Aussie games just for you. 😉 All the best. Go get ’em!
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..We want to “Go with Oh” to Prague!

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Haha it’s a shame you guys left Melbourne so soon otherwise we could have taken you to a game! Mark the last Friday night of September in your calendar and go to a grand final party somewhere in the States, you’ll have a blast. 🙂

  14. Posted March 22, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Congrats mate, that is so awesome!!! Plus, it’s only 3 months (right now:-)) so you know you have an end date!!
    Rebecca recently posted..What are we, still in high school? My Backpack

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Having that end date in mind definitely helps to not look too far ahead… now we just need to see which opportunities present themselves over that time.

  15. Christine
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    THAT. IS. AWESOME. Heck, I think if the AFL offered me a job when I was living in Australia–I would have stayed! So obsessed with the footy, and that’s such a cool organization to work for. New Zealand will always be there, and I’m sure you’ll make it there soon. Congratulations on seizing this opportunity!

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      Haha thanks Christine! It is definitely enough to keep me in Australia for at least a few more months and you should see the brand new offices down at Docklands I’ll be working in… wow!

  16. Posted March 22, 2012 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Congratz with the new job! Don’t forget, having a job doesn’t mean you have to stop traveling, it just needs a bit more planning. 😉
    David – GeoPosted recently posted..GeoPosted Gazette I: Starting out…

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      We’ll never stop traveling and will still be visiting Hamilton Island in May. This job simply meant that we had to sacrifice one set of plans to make it happen.

  17. Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Congrats!!! I would give up traveling, at least temporarily, for my dream job. I have to at least try my hand at my dream job once, right?? And, as you said, the most important thing is for you to be happy!
    Aaron recently posted..8 Tips for Floating in the Dead Sea

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks Aaron! Exactly – opportunities like this don’t appear everyday so it’s important to give it a try. Nothing to lose really!

  18. Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Congrats, sounds like an exciting opportunity. As to your final question…I don’t think I would at this point because I don’t know what my dream job would be and I haven’t started my long term travel yet. So right now my December departure date is what makes me happy. Hopefully after some time traveling I can stumble upon an opportunity such as yours.
    Cornelius Aesop recently posted..A Dim Sum Guide for Hong Kong

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      It would’ve been a lot tougher decision had this offer presented itself before our long term trip. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have applied for this job in the lead up to that since our focus was completely on our RTW.

      Enjoy your travels and hopefully something awesome will come up when you return.

  19. Posted March 22, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the job! This is just a different kind of adventure than what you had planned!
    Brock – Backpack Wit recently posted..Snapshot: Sweatin’ Outside the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Cheers Brock – it’s definitely an adventure regardless of whether there’s travel involved. Always good to try something new!

  20. Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    It’s so nice that you’ll be able to earn money doing something that you love. What’s even better is that money you make will go towards another passion (travel). Sounds win-win to us! We wish you nothing but the best!
    Tawny recently posted..Travel Photo du Jour! [Machu Picchu, Peru]

  21. Posted March 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    TOTALLY a believer in fate here! I don’t stress about things these days as much as I once would have because over the years, even at our lowest points, we look back and realise life was just taking us on a path to something much, much better. It’s amazing when you can look back in hindsight and realise that what seemed difficult at the time was just a situation that was leading you to where you needed to be today. Congratulations! you made the right decision for sure 🙂
    Loreena recently posted..How to Choose a Family Tent for Australian Camping

    • Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      Things are always easier in hindsight but when you’re living in the moment with no end result in sight, things do get a little tough. I haven’t been able to turn off the stress factor yet but my faith in fate is increasing more and more everyday, especially when things like this happen. 🙂

  22. Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Found your blog through so-many-places.com. Interesting! To answer the question, of course I will (but my dream job is to travel and write and get paid!)! If you do something that you love (your work), you will be inspired everyday. And if you’re inspired everyday, earning money to fund your travels wouldn’t be as “painful” as compared to earning money while doing something you don’t love just so you could travel. Congratulations by the way! 🙂

    • Posted March 23, 2012 at 2:08 am | Permalink

      Firstly, so glad you found us Rica!

      I think travel writing is a dream job for a lot of people but after our recent travels, we realized that it’s damn hard work for very little reward! But as the saying goes…

      “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

  23. Posted March 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!! As someone who’s also chasing a dream career in sports + media, I am insanely jealous — and definitely would have done the same. Good luck and let us know how it goes!!
    Edna recently posted..First day of Spring: Jour du Macaron!

  24. Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Congrats!!!! That is so exciting. If my dream job came knocking, I would most definitely set aside any plans in order to take it. I mean, it’s your dream job! How could you possibly turn it down?!? I hope it’s awesome.
    Amanda recently posted..14 Fun Facts About Iceland

  25. Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    My dream job is not having a job!

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  26. Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I am sure you have made a great decision, do what feels right now and if you dont like it tomorrow do something else. You can pospone something indefinitely and you can still do it, I am sure things will work out for you.
    Sandra6 recently posted..Best Internet TV Software

  27. Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Woo! That’s awesome, congrats on the job! I think that you guys have it all figured out! 🙂 It does make me happy to see that other travel bloggers can appreciate and enjoy themselves in other situations besides solely constant travel. I recently wrote a similar post, the truth is that I love my job and I love Sydney, so why leave now? (Unless I don’t get my visa extended of course!).

    Enjoy where you are at this moment!
    Annie recently posted..St. Paddy’s Day, Ireland and Italian Pizza

  28. Posted November 21, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Bit late jumping on this ole bandwagon but YAY congrats! How did it go? What are you doing now that the 3 month contract ended?
    Steph | DiscoveringI recently posted..Tulum, Mexico | The Reality of a World Famous Tourist Attraction

    • Posted November 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      I actually ended back at the AFL a few months later and still there now!

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