What you said (about our trip)!

I’m very excited for you two!  I don’t think i’m brave enough to be adventurous especially for a year (maybe i could do a month :P).  I think you two will grow even closer if that’s possible.

I want to hear about World Cup craziness down there in the different countries you visit. No other questions for the moment, but I hope you guys have tons of fun and are safe! I’m looking forward to reading your blog posts :)

I am so PROUD and EXCITED for both of you in taking the leap of faith that it takes to make bold life decisions. I am absolutely a proponent of pursuing one’s own passions, beliefs, values, or dreams. I have no “criteria” for what the scale or scope of those personal callings should look like — but I can see when people are excited about something, and I think that’s the stuff that keeps the world hopeful and beautiful, and keeps all people moving and ticking.

When you go backpacking, are there a lot of other people around? You should bring a knife with you, just in case.

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What are people saying (about our trip)?

I commend you for having the adventurous curiosity, the courage, and realization that you can only do this while you’re still young, because it’s definitely something that not everyone can do so easily, including myself :)

One word sums up what I think about your trip: JEALOUS.

Our reaction to your doing this trip is entirely positive. We support the idea of you doing something you love while you’re young enough to enjoy it, and we think it’s even better that you’re doing it together.

I applaud your bravery in all ways  (i.e. going there, soliciting feedback et al).  I’m wishing you all good things on your grand adventure.  I feel privileged that you’re taking me along in spirit.

I think that your taking this trip is very brave. Not just because it’s in foreign countries with different languages etc, but because you’re breaking free of the societal “Plan.” You know the Plan: go to college, get a good job, start making money, pay off your loans, keep amassing Things, get a significant other, marry, make babies, keep working, start the kids on the same cycle, retire, die. In a world where the last frontiers have all but been discovered, and every inch of the world is mapped, to be a pioneer no longer means to explore new territories. Today the pioneer is the man who pushes the boundaries of his own life’s possibilities.