Ever thought what it would be like to be traveling and earning a living at the same time?
Well some folks seem to!
How do they do that? Or what about the people you read of, who seems to be perpetually on the road, working as needed (for the money) and then enjoying life like there is no tomorrow?
This post is really interesting. I must admit I had given it a really hard thought before.
Quitting your job, hopping on a plane with what you can carry with you and scurry round the planet is a dream for many, us included. The idea that one can drop your current life and craft out a new one is an enticing one. While Matt’s article focused on the twentysomethings, it does not mean that it cannot apply to you. Especially if you have achieved financial independence.
Or perhaps you have such an audience at your blog post that the advertisements and sponsorships alone will be sufficient to live off…Guess it will be hard when you don’t have a lot of readers.
One thing though, while Matt advocates taking chances and coming back later to slog, it is clear this is something the late thirtysomethings and fortysomethings might not stand a chance. It is highly likely you do not quite have the emerging skillsets that are now recognized as invaluable or transportable. You probably have kids and a mortgage (or two). Most of all, you probably have an inertia to change that can only be described as inhibiting.
You know they say it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
Its not like you can put all that teaching of English in the middle of some exotic country or the fruit picking experience you did somewhere in France on your resume when you are closer to retiring than starting up your life of work servitude!
Actually, Matt is being optimistic. It ain’t looking good out there, even for the twentysomethings. And it probably isn’t going to get better in the next few years. So, all that optimism about being able to come back later to join in the workforce when the going is better – is probably an illusion. It might work out for some. But not everyone will be a winner and quite some may be disappointed. We’ll all find out as we live in interesting times.
So is this really an option for us? I mean the late thirtysomethings and fortysomethings…
Probably not, but it was a nice thought. If we can ever re-live our lives again…