Sunday, February 24, 2008

Adventure travel vs. buying a new car or a new home... what's your ROI ?

This is a great question and it may be on the minds of our family and friends.

The answer depends on your perspective. The major difference between saving up for an extensive trip or purchasing something tangible boils down to your mode of thinking.

Objects are material, but travel is ephemeral -- and this might be the most challenging idea for people to accept. They might feel that at the end of the tour, you have nothing to show for it, but this is not true. The value is in your knowledge and in your experience. To me, the value of life experience pales in comparison to any object you can possess.


"Breathe, breathe in the air, don't be afraid to care; leave but don't leave me. Look around and choose your own ground, for long you live and high you fly, and smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry. And all you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be."

Roger Waters & David Glimour

GAP Year - a concept in multiculturalism

Diverse thinkers such as Albert Camus, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, John Lennon, Ibn Warraq, Salman Rushdie, and Gene Roddenberry (that guy who invented Start Trek) are all connected through the philosophy of Secular Humanism.

Along this set of ideas a movement called GAP Year began in the 1960s - "the origination of the 'Gap Year' concept came in the decade following the Second World War when youth travel and cultural exchange was discussed amongst governments as a useful tool to create more of a global understanding to prevent future global wars." Still relevant today? Sounds like it.

Definition of GAP year: click here

We have modeled our travel goals in the spirit of this gentle philosophy. Our journey may manifest itself into traveling to very remote places or to those considered highly developed. The goal is to learn from the differences and similarities amongst all of them.

How do you know where you're going if you haven't been anywhere?

Tips for GAP year travelers: click here