Magical Mystery Tour

November 1, 2011

I came across a blog or forum where someone mentioned the movie/documentary called A Map For Saturday.  I was intrigued, so I Googled it and read around, and noted how most (if not all) of the reviews were positive.  I proceeded to download the movie and watched it.

The movie’s about a guy who quit his job and went backpacking around the world for about a year.  In the movie he explores the culture and lifestyle of backpacking, and some of the experiences during a journey away from home for an extended period of time.  Some people he met along his travels in hostels and such, ended up being part of his documentary, where they discussed their own motivations and talked about the whole traveling-for-a-long-time thing.  Throughout the movie, you notice how the main guy grows into the rest of the world the longer he travels.  It’s not necessarily that he was just more confident or complacent, or even numbed by his overexposure of a “good thing”– though he does mention this.  It was more so that he was more aware of the everything out there:  more educated, well traveled, grounded, more human.

After I finished it, I would have to agree with all the positive reviews.  Though, not so much because it was “good movie”, but because it was enlightening, informative, and pretty damn inspiring.  My suggestible mind rearranged some priorities around, financial and otherwise, to accommodate for a long trip within the coming years.  To be honest with myself, I can’t say that I’m 100% enthusiastic about traveling from country to country for an entire year, although I do like entertaining the idea and imagining myself doing it.  So realistically, a 3 month trip abroad sounds more doable.  Financially speaking, the narrator of the documentary said he spent $20k in traveling.  That’s about $1700 a month, and $5100 for 3 months.  Tack on an extra $900 for unexpected expenses and to (hopefully) overestimate, and$6k for 3 months abroad still doesn’t sound too bad.

Anyway, back to the movie.  I would really recommend watching it, as it makes you examine your own life and makes you wonder when you’re going to have the courage to not necessarily get out of your comfort zone and travel for a whole year, but to get out of your comfort zone in general and explore the world that’s outside of your comfortable little bubble.

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