What makes a guy decide to travel the world for a year to learn three languages? Doesn’t everyone know that you can’t learn even a single language in a year?! Three is impossible! And you’ll be completely alone because you can’t make friends until you’re fluent. And your career! You’ll get passed over for promotions and probably never recover all that earning potential. It’s madness, I tell you! Madness!
Maybe all of my friends thought that way. At least they were kind enough to substitute something ambiguous like “it will be the trip of a lifetime” (which could be good or bad). When they said I had to do it while I could, I don’t know if they meant it was actually a good idea, or just something they knew I had to get out of my system.
Today I’m going to give credit (or blame) to some writers on the interwebs who inspired and educated me for this trip:
- Benny Lewis “The Irish Polyglot” at Fluent in 3 Months
- Chris Guillebeau at the Art of Non-Conformity
- Dr. Nerdlove at Dr. Nerdlove
- Leo Babauta at Zenhabits
How weird is it that I’ve never met any of them? Or maybe it’s weird that I actually emailed with a couple of them. (I even wrote a guest post for one of them a long time ago.)