Couple who quit jobs to travel the world end up scrubbing toilets for pay. Is this couple really crazy? There seems to be an expected lifestyle in first world nations. Is it just that doing what this couple did goes against that and “different” is bad? Just as we are considering some major life changes this timely article showed up on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website. The polarized comments make for great reading. They show the wide range of views on long-term travelling. 🙂 I’m sure they’d be similar in most other Western countries.
I thought the comment with the great J. R. R. Tolkien quote “Not all those who wander are lost” summed it up perfectly. Does travelling for a long time mean you’re a vagabond, hobo? Or is it just our innate desire to explore coming out? I really think the world would be a better place if more people did this. Then we’d realize we are all part of the same “tribe” and we have so much in common with people all over the world. It would also drive home how fortunate we really are and help us to appreciate what we have. I think the system we grow up in largely discourages stepping outside the normal.
Maybe by wandering you can actually find yourself? Or maybe you already know yourself and just want to see what’s out there. If variety is the spice of life then get ready for some interesting flavors! 😎