Whilst I'm waiting to hear whether I've been fully accepted onto the China Internship for August, I'm thinking positive and planning ahead anyway!
Here in the UK, I'm a self employed Management Trainer - celebrating my 10th year in business before I wind up the company to go follow my dream! My last paid day's work looks set to be 13th July (although, I'd take work up to end July if it was offered!) and I'm working on renting out my house from 1st August. So I have a few weeks to play around with before I'm needed in Beijing. And here's where I'd like some suggestions from fellow chalkboard members.
I have the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks chilling out on the beach in Bali before flying to China to start the internship. Now I'm planning to go to Bali straight after my internship ends and it looks like I have a provisional job offer over there so I can spend a big chunk of time exploring the islands of Indonesia.
But . . . I also want to make the most of my China experience because stepping out on my travels is something I've looked forward to for sooooo long. So there's a part of me that really wants to feel the excitement of meeting up with my fellow interns travelling from Heathrow . . . to get over excited and giddy on the flight to Beijing. I may be almost 43 but I'm just a big kid at heart!
I know that I'm the only one that can make the decision but it would be great to hear other people's thoughts . . . would you forgoe the holiday to be in at the start of the programme? Or would you prefer to explore another destination and get some chill out time before the internship begins?
Over to you . . .