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Why Jet-Setting is Overrated

Why Jet-Setting is Overrated

People keep incorrectly referring to me as a “jet-setter”.

Thanks but…. I’m not nor have I ever been nor do I aspire to be a jet setter.
A jet setter is someone who travels internationally on a regular basis, with lots of fun and tourism in luxurious destinations.

Sounds cushy and probably many people aspire for a jet-settling lifestyle.
Maybe I’m not posh enough yet but I don’t.
I prefer a different reality of globalcreating where travel means flying in to promote eco-tourism in Peru or make documentaries in Brazil or help government agencies and investors in the Arabian Gulf.

Me with members of an eco-tourism startup I mentored in Peru

I prefer delving into the country and really building relationships, like going train agriculture cooperatives in Angola and Tanzania or even going to study abroad.

My favorite trips often don’t involve spending tons of money or expensive resorts, my favorite trips are ones where I was able to connect most with the people and add/receive the most value,  as a person.

The adage goes that there are 2 kinds of people in the world: consumers and producers.

Jet-setters travel mostly to consume, to see the Christ statue and Machu Pichu (which I never saw in the 3 years I lived in Brazil and 8 months in Peru), to shop all over 5th Avenue and Champs Elyssees, to drink all the wine Cape Town can produce.

That’s cool but for me and my fellow globalcreators, travel is mostly an act of production: producing business partnerships, producing strategies for clients, producing research or knowledge or art or money…. And of course, friendships. ☺

So I kinda cringe when my fellow Black and Brown people, and my fellow middle-class people back in the USA call me a “jet-setter” and/or say they want to be one.
And when I hear them say, “ I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a big old house”, I just pray they have no kids.

Me with local kids after an agribusiness training in Angola

Because, at this point in our collective trajectory, where we face a massive wealth gap, differential socio-economic mobility and access to capital (like mortgage and risk capita), we cannot really afford to be consumers.

Or at the very least, it’s irresponsible to prioritize consumption over production until we have passed a very high economic threshold, which includes giving back.
When we get to be like our friends in the Jewish community, where this is no income gap and instead massive support networks for career investment and collective progress, perhaps then we can afford to be jet-setters and travel with no R.O.I expected.

But in the meantime, its imperative to travel and actually get some shit done.  If this seems lofty, I promise you its not.  There are so many opportunities to get paid to travel that I wonder why everyone doesn’t do it!  Just a little sample for evidence of what is possible, you can literally get paid to:

I’ve just included a dash of ideas just to show that you can literally get paid to do anything  abroad that you can be paid for at home- although there’s literally millions more opportunities on sites like InternationalityDevExGoAbroad and countless others.
So save your money and don’t be a jet-setter, be a globalcreator.
Not only is it strategic, I promise it’s much more fun.

About The Author

Studied in Atlanta/Havana/Paris/Santiago/New York and Oxford. Worked all over Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Belly dancing polyglot and my baby's fave philosopher

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14 Comments

  1. Kinda beneficial one!!

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  2. Really insightful post, thanks for sharing

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    • Thanks for reading

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  3. You are one inspiring woman! Thank you for sharing this article. Great read!

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    • Thanks darling

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  4. this is a really good point! Although I do like to consume some good touristy stuff now and then. I do love to form relationships and really immerse in a culture!

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    • Can totally relate! Love a good spa treatment or safari! But love learning languages and trying to understand cultural mores and histories even more.

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  5. This very inspirational !! Your pictures are speaking themself !! Thanks for sharing

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    • Thank you for reading, dear 🙂

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  6. In my opinion there are many ways people travel or as some may say ‘do tourism’. There is nothing wrong with seeing the most touristic parts of places, like the is noting wrong with backpacking on budget or staying only in luxurious places. Everyone likes to travel differently. What common they have is love to travel.

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    • No one can judge my life decisions unless they are paying my bills! lol. And I likewise don’t have the right to judge others. Just hoping that by exposing the abundance of free and paid options, can help some people see the world and reach their financial/professional goals at the same time. Thats my definition of living your best life!

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  7. This is amazing, I didn’t know you could help in so many ways when you travel!! I’ll have to keep these options in mind. I’m not really a jet setter either – I want to travel and help the world at the same time

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    • Def take a look at the fellowship, scholarship and paid work options- we hope you achieve your dream, Chloe! 🙂

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  8. Well, now that’s an inspiring post you ‘ve got there! Thanks for sharing, I felt really good after reading it

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