Before I start, I am not someone unusual. I am a software developer with a very normal 8:00-5:00 job and a very average salary. However, I don't spend very much money and I value my time very highly. Because of this, I have too much money and just want to have more time.
Does anyone have experience with this? I feel like asking for months of unpaid leave every year would probably be frowned on. Are there jobs where it isn't? What else can I do to exchange money for time? I'm mostly interested in very long breaks from work (like months long in order to travel) but also would take working fewer hours a week. Anyone have advice? I am willing to hear options that involve changing jobs. Also, I have not talked to anyone at my current job about it. Would talking to them be a good or bad idea?
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EDIT: I would really like to work something out with my current job or at least continue writing software. The ideal solution would involve staying here. It doesn't seem likely however so I am willing to consider solutions involving other professions.