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.

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  • David Lee

    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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