Time to leave the office?

Time to leave the office?

It’s Labor Day in America, a time to celebrate the working man by…not working for a day. Unless you work in retail or fast food, in which case it’s like any other day. But what if you’d like to make every day (not)Labor Day? How about traveling around the world for six months or a year instead? Or three years like I did? Sure, it takes some effort and sacrifices to get there, but the pat statements like, “Oh you’re so lucky” or “I wish I could do that” have been proven time and again to be false. Here are some inspiring stories and a bit of advice from just a few people who made it happen.

The Art of Backpacking blog has a detailed story on escaping the cubicle world. Michael saved $15,000 then quit his job and hit the road in May of 2009. He’s still out there…

Steph at Twenty-something Travel is taking off this month. She’s been detailing how she saved $20,000 to go see the world.

The British couple running the NeverEndingVoyage blog saved 75 percent of their income and are now traveling through South America on a healthy budget of 1,200 pounds a month (plus extra for Spanish lessons and big adventure excursions).

The Uncornered Market blog reminds us though that you first have to face one big question: Are you a stuff junkie or an experience junkie?

If it’s the latter, you may be able to stay on the road for a decade, like HoboTraveler. It helps if you stick around for a month (or more) in each place and get a room in a hotel with a nice swimming pool for $249 a month.

On the Briefcase to Backpack site, Sherry Ott gives tips on Overcoming the 7 Obstacles to Traveling the World. (Get Foxnomad’s more detailed e-book of the same name here.)

An oldie but goodie on the Art of Non-Conformity site explains Why you should quit your job and travel the world.

Need some real, physical, in-your-face motivation? Then plan on attending one of the Meet, Plan, Go seminars being held in 12 U.S. locations plus Toronto on September 14.

Then for inspiration and solid planning advice, here are the long-term travel books you should be checking into. (After you pick up The World’s Cheapest Destinations, of course.)

If you just can’t stand cubicle life for even another month, check out this e-book: 30 Ways in 30 Days to Redesign Your Life and Travel the World.

And hey, if you want to know where your money will stretch for putting down roots, here are some ideas on the cheapest places to live in the world.


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