AOL- We’ve all lived vicariously through those wanderlust-stricken travel enthusiasts who quit their jobs to travel the world. While we may not be as brave and adventurous as these people are, we enjoy checking out their Instagram and Facebook pics displaying their breath-taking views and amazing experiences.
However, one couple wants their followers to know that although their social media handles make their lives seem like fairy tales, the pictures don’t show the full reality of the situation. After quitting their jobs to travel the world, this couple went broke and now cleans toilets to survive.
Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger of South Africa quit their stable advertising jobs earlier this year to see how far they could travel. They’re journaling their travels on a blog called “How Far From Home.” They’ve posted pictures of beautiful pictures all over the world, making us think that their life together is one big dream.
However, not everything is as it seems. When the couple isn’t exploring new areas and doing yoga on destination beaches, they’re scrubbing out toilets and doing anything they can to scrounge up a bit of cash.
In a post on their blog, Cartell wrote that the couple’s social media posts don’t tell the whole story of their journey. She wrote:
“Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we’re having the time of our lives. And don’t get me wrong – we are. It’s bloody amazing. But it’s not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes.”
Cartell went on to write that when the love-birds aren’t admiring pretty landscapes or indulging in foreign eats, they’re undertaking difficult and dirty work. She wrote:
“So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shovelled, 60 metres of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished. You see, to come from the luxuries we left behind in Johannesburg, to the brutal truth of volunteer work, we are now on the opposite end of the scale. We’re toilet cleaners, dog poop scoopers, grocery store merchandisers, and rock shovelers.”
In addition, the couple expressed that their travels are taking a physical toll on them. They don’t sleep much and their muscles are exhausted from lugging their bags from place to place. We never consider the difficulty of traveling with baggage when fantasizing about a life of travels. Cartell wrote:
“I am not at my fittest, slimmest or physically healthiest. We eat jam on crackers most days, get roughly 5hrs of sleep per night, and lug our extremely heavy bags through cobbled streets at 1am, trying to find our accommodation (because bus fares are not part of the budget, obviously).”
Despite the hardships, the couple wouldn’t trade their travel experiences for anything in the world. Cartell wrote:
“There’s nothing quite like swopping million-rand advertising budgets for toilet scrubbing to teach you about humility, life, and the importance of living each day as if it were your last.”
Oh really? A couple quite their secure jobs to travel and do nothing but spend money are now poor as fuck? No Way! What the fuck did this couple think was gonna happen? When has anyone ever gone on vacation and made money? Did these people think that was gonna happen? If i was their boss or co worker i would Tweet them photos of my pay check bi weekly, DM them photos of me eating a normal dinner and text them photos of me at night sleeping in the comfort of my bed. Why? Because these are the type of assholes that want to rub it in your face that they’re on vacation while you’re working your normal 9 to 5 but when you pull the curtain back its actually them scrubbing filthy toilets and moving cow shit just to survive. I mean crackers and jam? I think homeless people have better meals than that in food shelters. Honestly whats the point of traveling and enjoying the word when you’re sleep deprived, malnourished, and tired from lugging your luggage from country to country and living like a poor person. The grand kicker is, their boss or CEO at whatever job they were at can probably do this every few months. Just vacation for two weeks straight, do all that these assholes do except with the luxury of a credit card with way more funds. But nooooo these people just HAD to be against the grain and give up everything. Fucking Idiots!
P.s- They’ve been only doing this since March. 7 Months and already complaining about no cash and exhaustion. By next year they’re gonna be begging for their job back or prostituting their way around the world just to live.
This is the greatest risk that people are not willing to take ! Still hats off to this brave couple for loving their dream as long as they could !!