When I think of travelling I daydream of all the wonderful places to visit and all the exciting things to do. I worked with a lot of travellers and they always seemed carefree and were loving life. However it’s not all fun and games as this couple found out.
Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger from South Africa decided to quit their jobs in advertising and travel the world.
After six months of travelling they wanted to share the uglier side of travel.
In their blog, How Far From Home, they give the low-down on what it’s really like living the travellers life.
They write: “After being gone exactly 6 months, I feel it necessary we share the uglier side of our trip. Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we’re having the time of our lives. And don’t get me wrong – we are. It’s bloody amazing. But it’s not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes. Noooooo. So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shovelled, 60 metres of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished.”
Looking at their gorgeous photos one could think they are having the time of their lives and eating a dream diet, but that’s not that case as they describe on their blog:
“So don’t let the bank of gorgeous photography fool you. Nuh uh. I am not at my fittest, slimmest or physically healthiest. We eat jam on crackers most days, get roughly 5hrs of sleep per night, and lug our extremely heavy bags through cobbled streets at 1am, trying to find our accommodation (because bus fares are not part of the budget, obviously)”
So if you are thinking of quitting your job and living the dream of travelling the world, probably best to read their blog so you know what you may be in for.