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Travels and travails

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:664
  1. S Miller

    A year ago I was in India. Not on holiday, you understand, but travelling. I base the distinction on time and money. On holiday you have little time and plenty of money. Travelling requires lots of time and that stretches finances. We were definitely travelling.

    We started our odyssey in Australia, where we also worked for a while. There we found that time out to roam the planet is often actively encouraged, whereas in Britain many people still consider it to be an exercise in work avoidance. I will not defend it merely because I did it for six months, but rather on the basis that, like any great undertaking, travelling teaches you about all those things that diploma courses cannot.

    I have just decided to take another six months off. Not yet - perhaps not for another 18 months - but I am already trying to decide what to do; learn another language, for example, or join an expedition. …

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