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Would You Drop Everything to Travel?

Would You Drop Everything to Travel?


Following a bitter divorce, Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert decided to follow her one true love: travel. She packed her bags and headed for Italy, India, and Indonesia for a year of, you guessed it, eating, praying, and loving. With my senses heightened, I know I've learned a lot about myself doing something as simple as buying an apple in a foreign country while on vacation. I can only imagine that the journey would be much more fruitful on a longer trip. But an extended period of discovery would definitely come at a cost. When Elizabeth leaves the states in Eat Pray Love, she leaves behind a husband, and career, and a house — and even if you could work out the logistics, you might become tired of living out of a suitcase or in an unfamiliar place for a long period of time. So tell me, would you drop everything and go?

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the-nerd-nextdoor the-nerd-nextdoor 5 years
I did quite some traveling last year, and I must say that being able to get away from what is "normal" is so relaxing and can change your point of view (i.e. cultural awareness). I'm one who craves for adventure, and to be able to travel to different cities and countries is an opportunity I take as often as I can -- well, without financially hurting myself too bad.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
Yes
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
Yes
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 5 years
I agree with SanDiegoLove. Publisher paid for it all, so this is the reason they are pushing so hard for reviews, interviews, movie, etc. I read the book and it was so painful to finish. I wanted to quit so many times, but I promised my sister I'd finish it. Thank goodness I didn't pay money for it (I love you, library). I know this is a memoir and all, but good grief, she was a brat! If she had financed this herself, perhaps I'd be a little more forgiving of her constant complaints, but she didn't have to worry about all that, like normal folk.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Not for a year at a time. But I'd love a year to go on trips, be at home, go back on a different trip, etc.
neonbee neonbee 5 years
I would love to take a year off, maybe after my graduation (in two years). I would like to do it before future commitments and "heavier" responsibilities. Now, if there's a publishing company that wants me to do it, I'll do it anytime.
elyse05 elyse05 5 years
I kind of already did "the drop everything to travel thing". I ended my bad relationship (and he thought we were gonna get married! No, thank you.), quit my depressing job, and took a long road trip from Florida to the West coast, eventually settling in Seattle. Most people thought I was crazy. But I don't regret it one bit. I got to explore this country on my own time, realizing I was self reliant as I navigated the highways and learned to wash dishes outside using a hose and bucket. lol. I arrived at the West Coast a different woman: more confident and way smarter, vowing to never settle (in love or career.)
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I'd love the opportunity to travel, but I don't know if I could drop everything to do it. I like to have an itinerary.
stephley stephley 5 years
I like vacations, but wouldn’t leave my home/life to travel. I’m mostly happy with the life I’ve made for myself.I haven’t read Eat Pray Love, but I don’t see the big deal about the advance – writers come up with ideas all the time then try & get others to fund them. Apparently, the book that resulted resonated with a lot of people, so the publisher’s investment paid off.
stephley stephley 5 years
I like vacations, but wouldn’t leave my home/life to travel. I’m mostly happy with the life I’ve made for myself. I haven’t read Eat Pray Love, but I don’t see the big deal about the advance – writers come up with ideas all the time then try & get others to fund them. Apparently, the book that resulted resonated with a lot of people, so the publisher’s investment paid off.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 5 years
Been there done that. It was wonderful, but I was in my twenties , being more settled now I don't think i'd do it again.Having said that, as SanDiegoLove has already said, her publishing company paid for her to do it, so she wasn't exactly leaving her career behind... and that makes the whole thing a little contrived for my liking.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 5 years
Been there done that. It was wonderful, but I was in my twenties , being more settled now I don't think i'd do it again. Having said that, as SanDiegoLove has already said, her publishing company paid for her to do it, so she wasn't exactly leaving her career behind... and that makes the whole thing a little contrived for my liking.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
I could do it! I could live out of a suitcase, traveling from place to place, for a year or so, but I would only do it if my husband came with me. And when we were done, I'd want to move into a home and stay there for a long time - at least several years. As it is, we've moved five times in our 4-year marriage, and never stayed in the same place for more than 14 months. I really enjoy travelling, but only if there's a home at the end of the journey.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
Even if someone else was funding it, I don't like to travel enough to want to do it for a year. I enjoy short vacations, but I love coming home to my own home and bed again. Plus, I'd feel like I was missing out on too much with friends and family if I was gone for a year.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I haven't seen the movie, nor do I plan to. That being said, I need a home! I'm one of those people who needs to have my home and my things to feel normal. On top of that, I have a child, and traveling anywhere farther than the outskirts of the Denver metro area with her drives us both crazy at her age. Now, if I carefully planned a trip, and brought enough of my stuff to feel like I was home, and had the same hotel room for the whole trip, I could enjoy traveling.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I haven't seen the movie, nor do I plan to. That being said, I need a home! I'm one of those people who needs to have my home and my things to feel normal. On top of that, I have a child, and traveling anywhere farther than the outskirts of the Denver metro area with her drives us both crazy at her age.Now, if I carefully planned a trip, and brought enough of my stuff to feel like I was home, and had the same hotel room for the whole trip, I could enjoy traveling.
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
And yes, I would love to travel!
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
I know I'll take flack for this, but I loved Eat, Pray, Love! Or at least I really enjoyed it. I don't know, maybe I'm one of those sad women Elizabeth Gilbert was talking about - I recently broke up with my boyfriend of 14 years and am starting life over. The book kind of spoke to me, made me think about what I want out of life and what makes me happy. I'm sure I would have had these thoughts without the book, but still... Having read the book, I really don't think Julia Roberts is the right choice for the movie. She's too old! In the book the character is only 34, not 44. They should use used somebody younger, like Rachel McAdams.
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
I know I'll take flack for this, but I loved Eat, Pray, Love! Or at least I really enjoyed it. I don't know, maybe I'm one of those sad women Elizabeth Gilbert was talking about - I recently broke up with my boyfriend of 14 years and am starting life over. The book kind of spoke to me, made me think about what I want out of life and what makes me happy. I'm sure I would have had these thoughts without the book, but still...Having read the book, I really don't think Julia Roberts is the right choice for the movie. She's too old! In the book the character is only 34, not 44. They should use used somebody younger, like Rachel McAdams.
Vampyre Vampyre 5 years
I would love to get away from home to travel and see the world. However I'm lucky enough to be in a situation where I don't have any responsibilities that would prevent me from doing that. The reality is that most people wouldn't be able to just drop everything and go. People have their families to look after, the place they live to take care of, a job or university they have to go. My biggest problem would be affording a trip like that.
Vampyre Vampyre 5 years
I would love to get away from home to travel and see the world. However I'm lucky enough to be in a situation where I don't have any responsibilities that would prevent me from doing that.The reality is that most people wouldn't be able to just drop everything and go. People have their families to look after, the place they live to take care of, a job or university they have to go.My biggest problem would be affording a trip like that.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 5 years
SKG, the latter two "empowerment fantasies" are based on true stories. Erin Brockovich and Elizabeth Gilbert are real women who took great risks to follow their hearts/dreams/minds' desires. The films definitely romanticized their stories, but they are pretty incredible people. Tre, you failed to mention that Elizabeth Gilbert's year abroad was funded by a publisher. It was an advance as part of her book deal. I'd definitely take a year abroad funded by someone else!
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 5 years
SKG, the latter two "empowerment fantasies" are based on true stories. Erin Brockovich and Elizabeth Gilbert are real women who took great risks to follow their hearts/dreams/minds' desires. The films definitely romanticized their stories, but they are pretty incredible people.Tre, you failed to mention that Elizabeth Gilbert's year abroad was funded by a publisher. It was an advance as part of her book deal. I'd definitely take a year abroad funded by someone else!
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