“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni
This morning Summer Commune-er Josh Heller wrote an amusing but informative how-to guide to quitting your job and traveling the world:
“Would you ever be able to reenter the workforce? Would this affect your permanent record? Will you have to cancel your Match.com account? In a rare moment of slumber you have a dream that clarifies everything: There is no alternative to the life you want to live. You have to jump off the corporate ladder. And with a little planning this will all come together so easily.”
Here at Summer Commune, we really believe in Travel (with a capital T). We really believe everyone should do it. (We’re kind of travel evangelists.) We really believe that Travel is easier than lots of people think, and that it doesn’t have to mean spending thousands of dollars or traveling thousands of miles from the place where you live.
Travel isn’t only about destinations, it’s about new perspectives. “A wise traveler never despises his own country,” and that’s why the first of what we hope are many Summer Communes is right here in North America.
After spending time in Europe, Latin America, and SE Asia, we realized there was too much of our own country we hadn’t seen. And after spending a summer in Berlin and a winter in Colombia, we got a taste of freedom. We could work part time and still afford to live in cool neighborhoods. We could go out at night and still have time for our own creative projects during the day. And we wished that we could have that back in the USA.
What has come to be known as Summer Commune started with 2 people: We just wanted to live somewhere dope as shit, where we would never have to drive, and where the cost of living vibed with our paltry freelancer’s/graduate student’s salaries. New York, SF, and LA weren’t really viable candidates.
And now Moscow, Idaho—with its free public transport, endless miles of biking and walking paths, affordable rental properties, and the dope as shit community we’ll create for each other there—is looking like Paradise. We’re pretty excited.
If you’re newly funemployed or hate your job, then the timing is perfect. Think of Summer Commune as a buffer zone between your new-found freedom and the rest of the world. That $500 a month you’ll save on rent while you hang with us in Moscow this summer will last you like 2 months in Nicaragua. And if you still want to go to Bali (and you should!), spending the summer with us in Moscow will make the transition from familiar to foreign that much easier.
May the summer be endless,