A 'round the world trip in 29 days? Blasphemy, I hear long term travelers shouting from the rooftops after reading Maryann Haggerty's Washington Post article, Around the World in Four Easy Lessons.
Before we rush to judgment on the idea, lets remember some of the universal reasons why RTW trips are so appealing, regardless of their length.
- Freedom – The ability to look at a world map and turn dream destinations into your personal reality.
- Adventure – Touching down in more new and exotic countries during your RTW trip than in the last 5 years' worth of vacations put together.
- Against the Status Quo – For many working Americans, a two-week vacation is a rare event, let alone asking for a month or more away from the office.
- Bragging Rights – Let's admit it, being able to say you took a trip “around the world” is likely to draw envy from just about anyone.
Maryann and her husband don't pretend that their 8-country itinerary will allow them opportunities to delve into local cultures. Instead, she says they're “city people” who wanted to “see the skyscrapers of Hong Kong and the masterpieces of the Prado.” I can't blame them, as both experiences were highlights on my recently concluded trip around the world.
The more you travel, the easier it is to get wrapped up in the holier-than-thou idea that your approach is the right approach, for everyone. Instead, challenge yourself to look for the ties that bind us vagabonds and world travelers together.
You can read posts from Maryann's trip at her blog, Around the World in 29 Days.