Want To Get Away?

I guess I always knew I wanted to do it.  Those days I was cooped up between the three cubicle walls, looking nervously at the clock, not sure of something.

I felt it again when I would break away from the AC’d environment, and inhale a mountain of the Florida sun washed air.  73 degrees, outside, and free.

Those lunch breaks always seemed to end too quickly.  But whatever they whispered to my soul during the fleeting 30 minutes of gulping down an overpriced sandwich, seemed to remain, locked in stomach’s cage like a restless hummingbird.

We’ve all felt it.  The desire to get away.  This is the stuff they write songs about…right?

Come away with me. Leaving on a midnight train to GeorgiaOn the road again.

(If this bit of travel song trivia is your cup of tea, check out 30 songs that catch the spirit of travel.)

Many have felt this urge.  To catch the next train to wherever…Board the plane to a far away place.  Jump in your car and just hit the highway.  And sometimes the farthest journeys we end up taking happen inside of us.  From our mind to our hearts.

What is it that calls us away anyway?  What exactly is it that we want to run from?

There are many reasons people travel, but I think fundamentally there seems to be a “primordial” need to explore our world.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

-Mark Twain

What is interesting is how a physical trip metaphorically speaks to so many other things in our life.  Life itself is a journey of sorts, and we’re always tempted to take the easy road.  The paths with less risk.  Avoiding the choices that don’t take us too far away from home.  Keeping us near the safe and familiar.

I mean there’s nothing wrong with home, but lately, I’ve been flirting with the idea of traveling outside of the USA for an extended period of time.  And I can sense the tension inside.  The uncertainty, the slight apprehension with the unknown.

But there’s also the thrill of discovering new things, people and culture.  Experiencing what some consider true education.

There are also some very practical benefits associated with the type of travel I am considering.

  • I’d like to reduce cost of living significantly, and live more simply
  • Focus more on building sources of income that are location independent(i.e. online businesses, etc)
  • Write more
  • Save money, destroy debt(sounds more violent..I mean, somethings are meant to be killed)
  • Experience new cultures & languages
  • Spend time in more service projects

I wish I could say that I am independently wealthy, and could travel the world on a whim, but we’re working on that!  For now, I am using a bit of creativity to figure out how to make this happen, and educating myself on the options available(Like interviewing friends who are actually traveling the world: Interview w/Brandon James from newlifetravel.tv will be posted here on March 1st,2010)

One possibility, that can facilitate some of these goals, is to teach English abroad.  I have some friends who have taught or are teaching in Asia, and other parts of the world, and I have heard many great things.  Depending on where you teach, your cost of living can be comparably much lower, living facilities paid for, fairly competitive salaries, and the opportunity to experience a new culture, language, and geography.  And although I have visited places in the Caribbean, Canada, and cities across the U.S, there is so much of the world I have not seen, and desire to see.

Check out: Footprints or Teachaway for more info on teach abroad opportunities. Nomadic Matt has a pretty informative 5 part series on how to make money teaching overseas.  Link here

Being able to work overseas, in a program that affords you enough vacation time and flexibility to do some traveling in adjacent territories, while earning, saving, and building your business part-time, in order to do more sustained traveling, is really a tempting scenario.  I’m in the middle of exploring my options, and will post the developments here each step of the way.

Any thoughts, experiences, or advise on how to best get away?

Interesting travel related websites/blogs you may want to check out:

New Life Travel (Interview w/the founder of this blog)

Art of Non-Conformity

Thrilling Heroics

Brave New Traveler


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