I've been re-reading some of the older Philalawyer posts, and his sardonic way of outlining how so many people spend large parts of their life doing work they essentially hate, only to be able to buy shit they don't need, never fails to strike a cord with me. Half an hour in, and I'm all fightclubbed-up, ready to defy society's norms, cut strings with my bullshit day-to-day obligations and take off on the road less travelled (whatever that is). Of course, not much later, I find myself preparing for the German equivalent of the bar examn, wondering why it's already 2pm and where all that learning time went. The truth is, most of us don't just suddenly ditch our regular lifes and take off to become [a diving instructor on Bali / a trekking guide through the jungles of Thailand / a big game hunter in Africa / etc], either for financial reasons, or for fear of the unknown, or because we're really not all that unhappy with our current lives. Most find the idea appealing, though, and sometimes ponder what life would be like if they took the leap. Some may have long holidays or a sabbatical or - not quite as nice - a period of unemployment coming up, and consider giving a try to an alternative lifestyle. That's what this thread is about. Focus: If you had one free year ahead of yourself, and sufficient funds for whatever endeavour you wanted to make, how would you spend that time? Suppose you didn't have to worry about what this would look like on your C.V. if you wanted to return to your regular job afterwards.