This Couple Quit Their Jobs To Travel The World – And Ended Up Cleaning Toilets

Here's the uglier side of living the dream...

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Who hasn’t dreamed of quitting their job and travelling the world?

This South African couple – Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger – took fate into their own hands, quit their highly-paid jobs in advertising and set off on an adventure around the world.

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They have been documenting their journey on their blog, How Far From Home.

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If you check out their Instagram, everything looks pretty dream-like. From sunsets and mountain hikes to yoga on the beach, life looks pretty perfect.

But as everyone knows, nothing is as good as it seems, particularly on Instagram.

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Chanel and Stevo wanted the world to know what the real side of living this seemingly idyllic life is like. The side that their social media doesn’t show.

They wrote a post called ‘Why We Quit Our Jobs In Advertising To Scrub Toilets‘.

“The budget is really tight, and we are definitely forced to use creativity to solve most of our problems (and the mild crying fits),” Stevo writes in the post.

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“Don’t let the bank of gorgeous photography fool you. Nuh uh. So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shovelled, 60 meters of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished.”

They admit that they also aren’t the healthiest they’ve ever been.

“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).”

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But has it been worth it? I think the answer is a resounding yes.

“This crazy lifestyle allows us to enjoy the freedom of exploring rich Swedish forests, never-ending Nordic fjords, Italian cobbled alleyways, and cosmopolitan cities,” writes Stevo.

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“We have time to brainstorm our own ideas, and push our own creative experiments. It’s like heaven for us. Sure, wood needs to be stacked and garbage needs to be taken out, but once that’s done, we’re free to explore, wander and be one with our meandering thoughts.”

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