People love to travel! I don’t mean holidays but extended travel to locations that are different, out of the ordinary. People love to talk about travel, they love to read about travel, they love to watch films about travel. At ‘Travels of an Earth Pilgrim‘ I love to write about it. But do they, in fact, actually travel?
What do I mean by travel? Clearly 2/3 week holidays just don’t count. We all have those, even people who are travelling.
So trips are the basic minimum. To me a trip is at least a three month travel to somewhere that cannot be described as home for you. Ideally it should be to more than one place and might involve some hardship. This is something that a lot of people talk about doing, and even sometimes achieve. People take an extended break from work, but don’t actually leave their job. They plan is carefully and spend lots of time talking about it. Before they know it, it’s over and they are back at work boring people with thousands of digital photos of them in places they’ve forgotten the names of.
Then there is RTW, ‘Round the World’ or, as I call it, ‘Return to Work’. Someone planning this usually thinks they can pay for it with a ‘Travel Blog’. It will be so easy to take cool pictures and post them every day. To recommend great places to go and tell people all about who they met on they way and what gear they used. With advertising, free gear and affiliate products that should be a cinch. I read one travel blog, recently that finshed even before the trip began. The guy was bored once he had finished the cool design…
This is my kind of travel. Sell the home, give away the possessions and go where the wind blows. I did this two years ago and am still going. Currently I am living in Spain, house-sitting a great place in the mountains of Andalusia. It’s free and I am even planning to earn money from events here. It takes courage, you need to be a self-starter, but I can thoroughly recommend it.
Go to ‘Why People Don’t Travel‘ to see a great video on the reason people DON’T travel.
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