best job for work life balance?
I just came back from my first vacation since starting my PE gig and had the most amazing time, and I am really dreading going back to work. The fact that I wouldn't be able to take another vacation like this (international, didn't work at all) for another year absolutely kills me. I want more flexibility in my job to be able to travel more often than just the standard 1 - 2 weeks a year that seems acceptable at my firm, even at the more senior levels.
I've been struggling with this for a little while as I have a ton of hobbies that I love to do and just feel like there isn't enough time to do everything, but this trip really strengthened those feelings for me. At the same time, I do enjoy my job and think it's pretty interesting, like the challenges / critical thinking, etc., but also think I'm holding onto the prestige factor because I worked so hard to get here. Would really love any suggestions on similar jobs that don't work as many hours and would allow more time for hobbies and vacations.
I'm not generally a big spender and am a pretty cheap traveler so feel like I could still do everything I love to do with lower pay (but obviously would like to stay as close to my current pay as possible). I would really appreciate any advice from individuals who made a switch like this themselves or have additional perspectives to add. Thanks in advance.