The Travel Class System: Location Independents, Backpackers & Cubicle Workers
Location Independent: I look down on him (Indicates Backpacker) because I am location independent.
Backpacker: I look up to him (Location Independent) because he is Location Independent; but I look down on him (Cubicle Worker) because he is a Cubicle Worker. I am a Backpacker.
Cubicle Worker: I work for a living. I look up to them both. But I don’t look up to him (Backpacker) as much as I look up to him (Location Independent), because he also works for a living.
Location Independent: I work for a living, but sometimes I am unable to travel as much. So sometimes I look up to him (Backpacker).
Backpacker: I still look up to him (Location Independent) because although I can travel more, I wash my underwear in a sink. But I can still travel for longer than him (Cubicle Worker) so I still look down on him.
Cubicle Worker: I know my place. I look up to them both; but while I am unable to travel as much, I am honest, industrious and trustworthy. Had I the inclination, I could look down on them. But I don’t.
Backpacker: We all know our place, but what do we get out of it?
Location Independent: I get a feeling of superiority over them.
Backpacker: I get a feeling of inferiority from him, (Location Independent), but a feeling of superiority over him (Cubicle Worker).
Cubicle Worker: I get a house, kids, stable friendships, pension, a car, widescreen TV…
This piece was first published in an older version of our blog which included the following comments:
said: “Very true portrayals of all three types. Your last few lines remind me there are advantages to the three ways of living. One has something the other doesn’t.”
– we replied: “I wanted to end on a positive note for the cubicle worker. I find a lot of travel bloggers unjustly look down on them.”
said: “If only a lowly backpacker could settle in one place for a while and get a job from time to time. Then he could perhaps be the ultimate class of traveler. The enlightened(broke) backpacker…”