The Life of a Teacher and Traveler

Many people think that teachers have all this extra time to travel. We really don't. Yes, many of us have the summer to get our trips in but what if your best friend is getting married in Morocco in the middle of March (Teachers have no days off in March)? And yes, this is really happening - Next March to be exact. I am forced to use my FIVE personal days. Days I may have to use if my son or I becomes ill. Or if it snows really bad and school doesn't close. The life of a teacher isn't all about the amount of days we have off. If someone plans a celebratory birthday trip during a time that I don't have off, 9 times out of 10 I won't be able to go. People don't think about that. Teachers tend to miss out on many life events. 

I won't turn down Morocco though. I've already notified my principal that next March I will need to take those days off. I don't know if I'll ever have a chance to visit Morocco. I've never been to Africa, I've never even been to that part of the world. As a traveler, I HAVE to go. I always prepare a PowerPoint presentation for my students on my flight back home (and I can't wait to show them Marrakech!). They end up loving my trips just as much as I do. They often have questions (more questions than they'd ever ask on a given text!). This shows me that they're learning and gaining world knowledge. And I can't complain about that.

What are some travel limitations you might experience in your line of work?