Vacation, holiday, honeymoon, backpacking… we humans have almost as many words for travel as Eskimos do for snow and ice. Why? Because it’s important to us. Travel is how we learn what it means to be human, and how we connect with our world. It helps us revive our spirits and come back to our place in the world refreshed.
I’m on the precipice of quitting my job to explore the world on a Honeymoon / Long-Term Travel / Backpacking Adventure.
What is long-term travel? There is no specific definition, but long-term travel is a trip that’s longer than the average American vacation. Instead of a week or two, this trip can last anywhere from a few months to a few years! The pace of the travel is slower, because we’ll have more time to explore the local experience in each destination. Mr. Lost and I plan to spend a couple weeks in each city, getting to know its rhythm, before moving onto a new place.
It’s similar to backpacking, but we’re going to skip the massive backpacks. We’ll do some outdoorsy activities, but nothing that requires us to carry everything on our backs.
In Australia last year, I saw a road sign that said, “Stop, Revive, Survive.” Though the intention was reminding travelers to take a break on a long drive, the phrasing stuck with me. With this long-term travel, I’m hoping to take a break from my normal routines, revive and energize my spirit, and return with a new perspective on the world.