After so many years of convincing myself that “I’m a good worker,” traveling finally made me realize “I don’t wanna work!” Well, to clarify, I don’t want a job, that odious life-sucking devotion to helping your bosses and owners make money. *Enter the New American Dream.
Although the money from teaching English in Asia was pretty good, I’m looking for something new. Some kind of job that’s fun, like chasing hot air balloons through France, driving trucks through the Australian Outback, or raging snowmobiles with adventure-tourists in New Zealand.
I recently heard about a great site called Escape the City. The format is similar to LinkedIn, but it’s geared toward professionally-minded people looking for an adventurous career-break or even career overhaul.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A major part of MLK’s heroic work was his message of non-conformity and soul-originality. Work’s an important aspect of peoples’ lives, and since it takes up so much time it shouldn’t be taken lightly. It seems like the great challenge then is to apply ingenuity to our work. I’m looking towards blogging as a rare and golden opportunity to travel the world with inspired creativity.
How Traveling Will Save the World
For most long-term travelers, the time between deciding to leave and actually making it out the door is one of selling everything we own. Living out of a backpack helps you realize how few possessions you really need.
There’s a lot of time for reflection while traveling, especially when you’re flying solo. You can become a master of planning and executing itineraries, or even better in my opinion, you can learn to plan less and let the adventure lead the way. No matter what happens, you can be sure your experiences will mold you into a different type of person. You’re guaranteed to become a better, happier person.
People always ask me, is it hard to travel alone? Don’t you ever feel lonely? There are moments or occasional days where solitude bites, but they’re exceptions to the rule. One of the most rewarding aspects of solo travel is that it puts you into situations where connecting with people is automatic. You’ll make all kinds of friends that you likely wouldn’t have met if you were traveling with others.
The Happiness Contagion
Who doesn’t love a strong smile? While you’re living the good times, it will spread.
Contributing to the Greater Good
Voluntourism has become one of the most popular ways to spend time while traveling. I try to avoid the organizations that require huge lump sums for the chance to work for them, but if you can’t avoid it, focus on the positive change you’re helping to enact while working for them. Taking a mini-vacation out of a long trip to assist some kind of charity or cause can be extremely rewarding. Read more about how to make a difference with volunteer abroad programs.
Even if you aren’t volunteering for international development or conservation NGO’s, traveling is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. You’ll undoubtedly inspire a change in others as well, therefore making the world a better place. Oh that oft-repeated quote from Ghandi:
Taking on the world’s problem at a global or even national level is a mighty task, but there’s no folly in hoping for meaningful change to radiate from a positive traveling style.
This post is dedicated to one of the greatest heroes of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His messages of equality and positivity have unequivocally done their part to make the world a better place.