When we decided to travel around the world, we had a lot of ideas on how we wanted to travel. Though we were successful in certain areas like traveling ultra-light, avoiding big hotels, visiting local farmer markets, hiking where ever possible, effectively communicating with each other under life-threatening situations (well, almost!) , we weren’t very successful when it came to our desire to work and live on farms or pick up new skills (like learning new language). The desire to pick up new skills stemmed after reading 4 hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss and from the realization that apart from doing “office work”, we didn’t really have a lot of “life skills”.
There were many things that influenced our decision to leave the safety of our home and corporate jobs in the New York City area. You read books about people reaching a breaking point in what they often describe as boring and monotonous lives where they feel unfulfilled and unchallenged. Others wish to see the world or change the world and decide why not now. Why not just take the plunge and deal with the consequences later if it just doesn’t work out. For us, you could say that it was a gradual, organic process of weighing what we want for our future vs. what was perhaps inevitable given our current course in life.
“Breathe. Breatheeeee! It will be over soon” I kept telling myself on the train from home to work this morning. My palms were sweaty and my stomach felt queasy. I wasn’t coming down with a case of food poisoning. I was just about to give my resignation in 15 minutes.