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Q&A: What Is The True Life Of An Archaeologist?

Those archaeology days …

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RHODES, Greece- This past week’s travel question revolved around studying archaeology and what this profession is actually like. If you’re a long-term reader of this blog you will remember the stories of me traveling around the USA and Latin America working on archaeology sites.

This was my first true profession — the job that predominately funded this journey for roughly eight years. I would spend my summers and autumns buzzing around from archaeology project to archaeology project and then spend the rest of the year backpacking abroad. This was a traveler’s trade — something that demanded you to live on the road — and I had some truly insane and memorable times, however I have some reservations about recommending it to those who are on the hunt for a solid career path.

There is nothing solid about the life of an archaeologist … or pretty much any other profession in this era, as I talk a little more about in this week’s Q&A.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask them in the comments below and I will respond to them this Sunday.


Filed under: Archaeology, Vlog, Work

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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3691 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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