Globetrotting Couple Reveals The Dirty Side of Traveling The World

posted: 09/03/15
by: TLCme

Totally over those ultra-romantic stories of couples quitting their jobs to travel the world together? Us, too. Which is why we were so taken with Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger's tale of travel so much. The attractive South African couple quit their jobs earlier this year for a jaunt around the globe.

They've been chronicling their trip on a blog called "How Far From Home" -- and on Instagram, in which they hold up signs showing just how many kilometers they are from home in each photo -- and it's filled with typical pictures of rustic European towns and beautiful beach locales. But the pair have also used their blog to capture all the really awful jobs they've had to take to keep their globetrotting fantasy alive.

In a post on their blog, fittingly titled "Why We Quit Our Jobs in Advertising to Scrub Toilets," the couple writes about the actual struggles they've faced to make their travel goals a reality. "It seems like we're having the time of our lives. And don't get me wrong -- we are," Cartell writes. But here come the hard truths. To make the trip work, they've had to do some pretty hard labor, which is a far cry from the cushy advertising jobs they left behind in South Africa.

"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."

The budget for an around the world trip is so tight that the couple lives on jam and crackers most days. "I am not at my fittest, slimmest or physically healthiest," admits Cartell. It can also take a toll mentally, she says. You vacillate between feeling like "'I have all this time -- let me use it productively, let me get fit and do everything I've ever wanted to do,' vs. 'I have all this time -- let me relax and enjoy it.'"

Even still, we'd still love the opportunity to quit our jobs and travel the world. And Cartell agrees. "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." Still, we don't envy the toilet scrubbing part.