"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Why go travel?
Both of us feel very strongly that in order to ever be able to settle in life, you need to accomplish your dreams and goals. This dream of travel can never be accomplished, but certainly be tried. There's so much out there to see and the challenge is to see as much as possible. We both know we'll be tied down soon enough, so now is the perfect time to begin chasing our dreams.
Okay, but why a year?
Granted the one year thing is rather arbitrary, but it's not set in stone; money, on the other hand is. If our calculations are wrong it could be less, or it could be more. Since we don't have a return flight to the US we'll figure it out as we go. Don't worry though, we'll keep everyone informed. A year seems like a fairly good guess.
I guess that makes sense, but why this year?
Now that we've both finally graduated from college (yes and we actually have diploma's to prove it!) most people would simply move into the workplace, get married, have a family, and plan on using their retirement to travel. Now this is fine, but we hear so many people say, "I wanted to travel when I was your age, but I got caught up in work, then I had kids, and there was never time or money."
This is the perfect time for us to travel, we're not caught up in the corporate world, nor do we have a family to support. The world is changing in many ways, and as borders open up we get the opportunity to go places that few have yet seen. Also, many places are becoming overly Westernized destroying any reason to visit. So it'd be nice to get "there" before McDonalds does!
Okay, here's the tough question: Why each other?
That's not tough! :) Since we spend every waking moment together anyway it seems like an ideal person to travel with. We're less likely to bicker about trivial personality differences and be able to truly enjoy the experience together. Plus, we both bring different aspects to the table and they compliment each other perfectly. It was great that we met when we did, we were both sharing a common dream and together we can make it come true.
Bit cheesy, but whatever. The real tough question is last: Are you two dating?
Who us? Of course not...... But we would like to point out:
"I learned one thing." "What?" "Never go on trips with anyone that you do not love."
Ernest Hemmingway, A Moveable Feast, 1964.
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