Bloggers who quit jobs to travel the world are now broke, cleaning toilets

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Adventurers, take note: Ditching your job to travel the world may not be as glamorous as it looks.

According to BuzzFeed, South Africans Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger decided to quit their jobs in advertising to pursue their dream: seeing the world. For the past six months, they've been writing about their trip on their blog, How Far From Home, and sharing breathtaking photos on their Instagram page.

But there's an ugly side to the journey.

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24 829km // Hydra // Greece After docking in one of the smallest and busiest harbours, we explored one of the most beautiful islands we had ever seen. A short stroll along cobbled pathways to end up here. Friends, say hello to Hydra. Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels

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In a blog post Monday, Cartell admitted that she and Dirnberger have done their share of dirty work to fund their travels.

"So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shoveled, 60 meters of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished," she wrote

Cartell said the budget is so tight that they have to eat crackers with jam and "adapt to the least amount of necessities and food."

So is the adventure worth it? Cartell seems to think so.

"Even though we probably have more grays than when we started, dirt under our nails despite long showers, and cheap snack food as a main form of nutrition, this crazy lifestyle allows us to enjoy the freedom of exploring rich Swedish forests, never-ending Nordic fjords, Italian cobbled alleyways, and cosmopolitan cities," she wrote. "We have time to brainstorm our own ideas, and push our own creative experiments. It’s like heaven for us."

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15 701km // Førde // Norway What you are looking at, are two extremely excited South Africans on a roadtrip through the Norwegian fjords, currently doing the #DITakeOver for @DesignIndaba. Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels #DITakeOver #HFFH_takesover

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13 053km // Alta // Norway 17 May is the #NorwayNationalDay. We celebrated with thousands of people, parading through the town, waving the flag and eating tons of ice-cream - a fun (and cold) tradition. Hurra for Norge! Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels #nrk17mai #norwayday #ilovenorway

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25 067km // Athens // Greece After being inside, outside and around the #Acropolis, we thought the view from #360cocktailbar showed this iconic structure in the best light. Follow our story and check out our latest blog post about the uglier side of our trip >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels

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