A recent article in the NY Daily News lists the top ten places to reinvent yourself based on the Lonely Planet´s suggestions. That is, if you are experiencing a midlife crisis and are upper middle class with some cash to blow.
To me, the list appeared a little more than extravagant. It serves as a reminder that the world of travel for existential young professionals is about achieving their same luxuries, just outside of their own country. As an example, one of the recommended places to ¨reinvent¨ one´s self is to go shopping in Dubai — a city that is the epitome of excess, where 25 tons of gold is displayed in jewelery-shop windows.
Feeling a little flabby or floppy? Why not go to Southeast Asia and nip/tuck away your low self-esteem, then recuperate on a resort, sipping on a Singapore Sling?
Although every single destination would be culturally interesting, this list seems to appeal to those who wish to travel without feeling foreign.
This type of travel will always exist, but should we look up to it, as if that is our ends to a career-oriented lifestyle?
On the bright side of tourism, I have a lot of respect for the people I have met on my travels: Those in a quarter-life crisis, who have no money but an open mind. Perhaps their midlife crisis will be avoided.
Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog, TheBubblesAreDead.wordpress.com.
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