It’s debate time here. Well, sort of.
More like a wrestling match between the left and right hemispheres of white matter in the little box on top of my head.
I read about Sarah’s observation that millenials crave more for a work-life equation that provides more flexibility, good benefits and diversity in tasks. Maybe it sounds condescending, but do millenials really think they deserve what they demand for? To say that one could drop work and walk out for a journey at any time hints of a lack of committment. We made it to this point to facilitate the millenials’ lifestyles only through the efforts of the earlier generations. It did not occur by chance and will not be funded on its own…sooner or later even the hardest core of roadsters will find energy and monetary resources waning (read here for an earlier post).
And for income its not like as if Millenials are the only ones who crave flexibility in a good paying + benefits job. Which working mom does not? As if teaching English will go a long way, look at this article for teaching posts in Hawaii. Bloggers do have a responsibility NOT to sensationalize their stories. Perhaps in China, Vietnam or Thailand they pay so well for someone who had not been a qualified teacher before? Like I mentioned here, I would not like to be taught scuba diving by someone who just got their qualifications.
We are at an evolutionary stage where most may live well beyond their 80s due to advances in medical knowledge and technologies. Planning ahead for your life is more crucial now than before. At the risk of sounding like a financial adviser, I am going to say that the best time to invest for a retirement is to start young, not spend it all (time and money) at that period of energetic youth.
I hope the millenials get that.
Shannon’s messgae for the young to travel before college on the other hand is actually good advise. Americans need to get out more often. I have been asked frequently by Americans why we seem to know so much about the US (not just its celebrities). Yes it’s true the US is a continental sized nation, with enough happening to fill your newsfeed 24/7. But increasingly the rest of the world is catching up (or have caught up) and there is a lot of missing out going on here for Americans that do not look outside your own backyard.
Frankly, Danielle hits a home run here. There is merit to enjoy your journeys at a measured pace. Some folks tend to think they will discover themselves in their 20s if they leave on a whirlwind world trek. Honestly, I don’t think we knew what we wanted or what our interests were at that time. We only rediscovered our love for history, geography and the arts when we got to our late 30s.
And as we started posting blogs and stories from our travel handprint, we came to the realization that our journeys from the days of our 20s were so much blander than we have today. It certainly was exciting at that time. However, with time we have gained sufficient knowledge and experience to do it more meaningfully, if only we can turn back time.