Balancing a Safety Net with Wanderlust
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
When I lived in Germany, I had friends who got married and decided to spend a very extended honeymoon in Australia. They got there, bought a second-hand (or maybe it was a fourth-hand) beater car, and started driving around the country. She was a dental hygienist, so whenever they ran out of money, they’d stop for a couple of weeks and she would pick up contract work, as, apparently, everywhere but the United States has a shortage of dental hygienists. Once they saved up some more money, they’d get back on the road and keep going.
That image of a traveler’s lifestyle has always stuck with me and appealed to me. Whenever our vacation friends get together, we buy one lottery ticket and spend the evening before the big drawing talking about all of the places where we’ll buy chalets to go world hopping. We’ve come to the agreement that we’ll split the winnings amongst everyone, but that each couple/family has to buy and maintain one vacation chalet that any of us can visit whenever we want. The fun in the discussion is figuring out where all in the world we want our vacation chalets.
Unfortunately, the Fates have failed to smile upon us as of yet, so we are not jet-hopping dilettantes. Instead, we have to fit in our desires to travel within the constraints of our existing lifestyles.
I do read of others who have cut the strings and given in to their desires to travel. It’s motivational for me to read of these stories, but the risk-averse part of me (yes…a risk-averse entrepreneur!) cringes at some of the truly in-the-moment attitudes that some of the storytellers have.
The typical story goes something like this:
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