Living the Indiana Jones fantasy had an interview with Wade, a perpetual traveler.  He discusses strategies for how to travel as long as you want without going broke.

The most intriguing aspect for me was when he explained how to become an archaeologist.  Until now, I’d only heard of excavations where you have to pay to volunteer. Getting paid to do this stuff was a big revelation for me.  He gives more details about the nitty-gritty of fieldwork here.

The Archaeological Institute of America has a fieldwork search engine.  Each project’s profile has detailed information about the sponsoring organization, the expedition itself, and dates.  It’ll also tell you the room and board arrangements. This will give you a good idea of what the comfort level is, whether you’ll live in tents in the desert or stay in a cutting-edge research facility.

Earthwatch also runs a lot of expeditions, ranging from archaeology to the environment to wildlife preservation.  Those search engines are a lot of fun to browse through, sort of like those “Choose Your Own Adventure” children’s books, except for real.

Got any hot tips for getting into adventures?

Mayan ruins in Guatemala

Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala

Posted by | Comments (2)  | November 14, 2008
Category: General

2 Responses to “Living the Indiana Jones fantasy”

  1. Liv Says:

    Oh my gosh! That sounds fantastic; I was a paleoanthropology major in college but never did anything with the degree. I’m rushing to check out this link; thank you for the heads up!

  2. Zach M Says:

    Thank you for this great post. I am a anthropology and antiquities major intending to go into archaeology,and I choose this major just so I could travel. I worried if it was even a viable plan and it is a relief to hear that some people pull it off.