"Travel isn’t just for changing whats outside, its for reinventing whats inside"
Most Americans for some reason see long-term travel to faraway lands as a recurring dream or an exotic temptation, but not something that applies to the here and now. Instead- out of our insane duty to fear, fashion, and monthly payments on things we don’t really need- we quarantine our travels to short, frenzied bursts. In this way, as we throw our wealth at an abstract notion called “lifestyle,” travel become just another accessory- a smooth-edged, encapsulated experience that we purchase in the same way we buy clothing and furniture. .
What nobody bothers to point out, of course, is that purchasing a package vacation to find a simpler life is kind of like using a mirror to see what you look like when you aren’t looking into the mirror. All that is really sold is the romantic notion of a simpler life, and- just as no amount of turning your head or flicking your eyes will allow you to unselfconsciously see yourself in the looking glass- no combination of 1-week or 10-day vacations will truly take you away from the life you lead at home. .
Ultimately, this shotgun wedding of time and money has a way of keeping us in a holding pattern. The more we associate experience with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that were too poor to buy our freedom. With this kind of mindset, its no wonder so many Americans think extended overseas travels is the exclusive realm of students, counterculture dropouts, and the idle rich. .
In reality, long-term travel has nothing to do with demographics- age, ideology, income- and everything to do with personal outlook. Long-term travel isn’t about being a college student- its about being student of daily life. Long travel isn’t an act of rebellion against society- its an act of common sense within society. Long-term travel doesn’t require a massive “bundle of cash”; it requires only that we walk through the world in a more deliberate way.