Comment on Why Part Time Travel is the Perfect Compromise by Karen Francis.
Interesting viewpoints expressed in the article and comments. However…. when my long term relationship broke up in 2002, we sold our house and split the equity. I was faced with a choice: I could be sensible and use it to put down as a deposit on a flat OR I could just give up everything, including my secure post doctoral position, and travel. In the end I bought a caravan, installed my belongings (and my cat) therein and offered one of my students a free tenancy in return for looking after everything. I picked the longest overlanding trip then available – eight months travelling across Asia and the Middle East – and went. It was the best thing I’d ever done and I’ve never regretted it. Best thing is that life resumed when I got back; eventually I sold the caravan and bought a house, climbed back on the hamster wheel and continued my working life. I even met my current partner on the trip. So, there were no disastrous consequences of my ‘irresponsible’ decision to take time out from ‘life’ to live; on the contrary, travel changed my life, my viewpoint, my entire psyche. In 2002 I was fifty-one
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