Couple Who Quit Their Jobs to Travel the World End Up Scrubbing Toilets and Picking Up Dung

In our growing media-crazed era, going on vacations and plastering your best photos on Instagram and Facebook are considered normal. Many people dream of escaping the routine of every-day work and responsibility for a liberating and nomadic lifestyle.

One couple made headlines when they quit their high-paying jobs in advertising to live a life of spontaneity and travel around the world.

The couple, Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger, decided to turn their experience into a creative project called “How Far From Home.”

However, their story has a sad but real twist to it, it’s not as glamorous as it seems.

Although their beautiful Instagram pictures seem like a dream, Cartell and Dirnberger are now pulling back the curtain to reveal what their life really looks like now.

It’s been about six months since they started the project, and now they’re telling us about the dirty side of it all.

Turns out, the nomadic lifestyle is not always as pretty and relaxing as social media makes it seem.

Currently in Greece, Cartell and Dirnberger wrote on their blog, “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 shoveled, 60 meters of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished.”


They left the comfort of their home in South Africa and traded it all for a life of volunteer work and low-end jobs in order to cover the costs of travel and living. They say their last couple of moments have been some of the most rewarding and yet some of the hardest at the same time.

They let readers know that a life on-the-go is definitely not for the “faint of heart,” and they are both learning to adapt to whatever life throws their way.

However, through it all, they are thankful for their experiences and they appreciate the amount of freedom they get to consume on a day to day basis. In a lesson about humility, life and living life to the fullest, this couple has learned to find the beauty in the rubble and stay positive when shit hits the fan (literally).

Photos: Instagram

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