A big thank you to Adele for sending the following quote from the book Dream, Save, Do by Betsy and Warren Talbot: “The longer you invest in your current reality–with your time, attention, money, and habits–the harder it will be to pull up stakes and make the changes necessary to live your dream. Don’t kid yourself that you’ll do it later. A dream deferred is a dream denied, and a smarter person than me coined that phrase.” (It was Langston Hughes.)
This is a wonderful quote, and I just had to go to their Web site, Married With Luggage, to read about their experiences. However, what I found was your typical “wandering nomad” travel blog describing a lifestyle that few, if any, of my readers would care to emulate. They describe a lifestyle unrelated to the goals of those who don’t want to throw everything away and start anew but simply want to add a dash of curry to a not-very-spicy lifestyle.
Betsy and Warren Talbot are two 30-somethings who got tired of chasing the big paycheck, quit their jobs, and sold all their worldly possessions. They put a pack on their back and left home to see the world and have been doing just that for more than a year. They are not sure when (or if) they will return, and their answer to the question “What will you do for work when you get back?” is a not too comforting “We really don’t know.”
This may sound exhilarating, but the reality is that many professionals, myself included, like our jobs and our life. We might want to make some short-term changes, and we are not averse to adding a bit of adventure to a daily routine that is getting too predictable, but we are not ready to pull up stakes and leave everything behind. When the excitement and hoopla of an overseas posting is done, we want to return to our home, friends, family, job, and paycheck. For most of us, the response “we don’t know what we’ll do when we get back” is totally unacceptable.
This is the reason for creating this blog and my book. Although my wife and I have lived and worked in dozens of countries we are most definitely NOT wandering nomads roaming the world aimlessly without a financial safety net. Instead, my writings describe how to take working vacations–overseas postings for those who want to work and play in an exotic locale but have neither the ability nor the desire to leave everything behind. I blog for people who would love to take a short-term sabbatical but do not want to quit their current position. I write for professionals who want travel options that do not require permanently kissing family and friends good-bye.
My wife and I have seen and done as much, if not more, than the Talbot’s–we have lived and worked from Bhutan to Borneo, Mongolia to Mauritius, Turkey to Tibet. The difference is that I accomplished this without having to sell my home or quit my job, a job that I love and cherish. I think that it is I, not the Talbot’s, who drew the long end of the travel straw.