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Former Lawyer Who Decided to Travel for a Living Offers Some Tips


A Canadian law grad who worked as a lawyer in New York for five years wasn’t happy with vacations that lasted two weeks or even a month.

Jodi Ettenberg quit her job in 2008, and is now working as a travel writer, the New York Times reports. In a Q and A with the newspaper, Ettenberg offered some travel pointers.

Ettenberg says technology makes it easy to meet people. “Something like Twitter, for example, allows me to say, ‘I’m here, is anyone else in town?’ ” Ettenberg explains. Apps also help. SitOrSquat, for example, helps find toilets around the world. ICOON is a global dictionary that sorts images by category, to overcome language barriers.

She suggests budgeting $10,000 to $15,000 for a year of travel in places like Southeast Asia or South America, and more for Australia or Europe.

Ettenberg’s blog is Legal Nomads.

Prior coverage:

ABA Journal: “Time Out: Sabbaticals Help Lawyers Reassess, Redirect Careers”

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