Megan Bristol & Nick Polinko are co-pilots, on and off the air. In June 2017, we ditched our
Silicon Valley jobs to spend a year and half driving and surfing our way south along the
PanAmerican Highway in a 2001 Toyota Landcruiser and Turtleback Trailer. We call this period of time our micro-retirement and our goal is to weave a few more in throughout our life.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett
Our challenge to the Listener:
Ask yourself: When was the last time you temporarily cleared your life of all of its demands, intentionally or unintentionally? Vacations are nice, we all need moments when we stop going 100 mph and veg out on a beach while drinking umbrella drinks to our hearts content. But a micro-retirement is not a vacation, this is intentionally letting go of your day-to-day pressures for the sake of your inner creative. It’s in all of us, but we do an amazing job distracting ourselves from it, even when we are trying to listen to it.
Your brain will want to say no because it is not the *right time, that you don’t have enough money saved up, that you are already too far down that path you initially chose. BUT, like almost all major life moments, we challenge you to see the problem through a different lens: there is NEVER a “right time”, money is required but not as much as you think (some people take mico-retirements with only a few thousand in the bank), and the restraints of the cycle you are in are mostly self imposed. The gift of time can be your greatest asset. It’s an investment, an investment in yourself, but we have found it’s yielding our best returns yet.
“ This trip has forced me to rank what I want. It’s changed my outlook about the future”
“Part of this trip for us was disengaging from social media. There is something about keeping the best of the best moments to ourselves”
“I think happiness isn’t real unless it’s shared. These are the kind of moments you want to share with someone.”
“I derived a lot of self identity and gratification from what I did and where I worked. Shedding that has allowed me to pursue all sort of things, surfing, drawing, and reading. I’ve developed a lot more well rounded version of myself”