Ever feel like telling your boss to "take this job and shove it," so you can drop everything and travel around the world? Well, really, what's stopping you?
Some of you may find this hard to believe, but the idea isn't that inconceivable. In fact, in many countries other than the United States, long-term global travel is so much a part of the accepted culture that it's just normal. For example, in the UK and Australia, most late teens and twenty-somethings take "gap year" - the year between high school and college, or between undergrad and grad - to gallivant in remote parts of the world away from home. Israelis often travel for a year once they finish their military service requirement. The Germans, Danes, Dutch, Canadians, Japanese, French, etc., many of them (of varied ages and socioeconomic status) are out there in the world, traveling like most of their fellow countrymen.
But I'm a hard-working American, you say? But I'm not young anymore, you think? At the expense of using a cliché, if there's a will, there's a way, and it's never too late to do it if you really want it; I've met a woman pushing 70 years of age, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru just because she wanted to. More and more Americans have been embracing the idea of long-term travel and following their around-the-world dreams in recent years. Here are some steps for how to get started.