It’s not uncommon for my mind to wander a bit during the workday. After all, what better than an office cubicle to encourage thoughts of grandeur or help me plan my next adventure? I was actually at work when a title of an online article from Women’s Adventure Magazine caught my eye.
How to Dirtbag was the aptly named article. No, the article isn’t providing advice to men who want to make any “worst boyfriend lists.” Instead, the article provides a somewhat satirical look at what it takes to step away from a traditional lifestyle to live a dream as an outdoor adventurer junkie.
Urban Dictionary defines a dirtbag as “A person who is committed to a given (usually extreme) lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to pursue said lifestyle. Dirtbags can be distinguished from hippies by the fact that dirtbags have a specific reason for their living communally and generally non-hygienically; dirtbags are seeking to spend all of their moments pursuing their lifestyle.”
In 2007, my cousin and her husband in Juneau, Alaska quit their comfortable jobs, sold their home, and decided it was time for the unexpected. As experienced sailors, they knew what they wanted to do and made it happen. They took their two young children (ages 7 and 11) on an adventure of a lifetime—they sailed from Alaska to New Zealand and christened their trip the Burns Family Voyage of Discovery. You can read about their adventures on their blog and book. [Continue Reading]