No! Of course not. Sometimes I have to bite my tongue to do so but I try not to tell others how to live.
I crave freedom, autonomy, flexibility, independence, and even the pressure that comes from doing things the hard way. I’ve always chosen to bushwack the road less travelled and am so happy to share my life with someone that feels the same way. I have described here the many reasons I think that working online to travel is the best career move – for me.
But that’s not true for everyone. Choosing this life has its own set of limitations and losses. It is the loss of security, contact with friends, family, and community, contributing to something so much larger than yourself. If you want those things, that’s great. They are among the most important things in life.
In fact, I’m grateful to all the people that don’t choose to jump ship. Being able to drop out and make money online relies on a huge amount of physical and economic infrastructure. Thank you to those that among other things, lay the fibre optic cable, produce the modems, supply unlimited bandwidth. Thank you to the people that come to the websites and buy products that make this lifestyle possible. The 4-Hour Workweek is never going to be desirable or achieveable for everyone. Someone’s got to make the products and deliver them! Someone else has to have the income to buy the products!
According to Gretchen Rubin in Happier at Home, one of the “Secrets of Adulthood” and keys to happiness is remembering that,
“Just because something is fun for someone else, doesn’t mean it’s fun for me.”
We’re here to show another example of how the corporate life doesn’t have to confine you if it’s not what you want. Another way is possible. But for everyone else, your path is just as valid. And if you decide to take off for a few weeks or months, hopefully our travel tips will come in handy.