A friend sent me a link to this article. I found it interesting, moreso the commentary.
I’m highlighting some negative comments because the attitude is surprising to me.
Oh. I usually just called these people bums. But good for them.
I always thought bums were akin to panhandlers (whom I see as separate from homeless people — and I am perfectly aware homeless people need to ask for assistance). How does someone working hard to save money to travel qualify as a bum?
A year spent traveling abroad is not really your the experience of a two-week vacation multiplied by 26. You begin to lose track of yourself, you are constantly worried about money, you cannot discuss anything in depth besides traveling, you do not feel at home anywhere. Youâ€™ve made yourself into nothing. Then you go back to your own country and you still feel lonely, because you find you have little in common with anyone except other travelers. Thatâ€™s why you decide to go away again.
This is obviously someone who had a negative experience. It sounds like extended traveling wasn’t for them. In fact, they sound a lot like someone who got into sex work without fully realizing sex work wasn’t suited for them.
The discussion has already been framed in an earlier movie.
It sounds pretty much like what the character Jules described he was going to do at the end of the movie â€œPulp Fictionâ€. He was going â€œwander the earth and get into adventures and s##tâ€. To which his partner-in-crime, Vince replied â€œSo, youâ€™re going to be a bum.â€
The bum thing again. If someone is self-financing, how are they a bum? (Yes, borrowed a line from this movie for one of my recent posts.)
There is no future in this life style.
I’m laughing — there’s no future in sex work either!
Some of the comments are inspiring and some of them are simply envy-inspiring. All in all, it seems I have a lot more to look forward to than I thought. Gotta start taking more pictures though. And get off the laptop!