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How to best handle this recession/depression, you ask? Don’t worry, FTRD, Recession Junction, and The Onion have the answers.

Photo: Jessica Shannon/ Feature photo: stuartpilbrow

WE HERE AT THE Matador Network have been contemplating the whys of traveling during the global recession, how exactly to go about traveling during this currency-strapped time, and how to handle it all by becoming a spiritual activist.

The folks over at F* the ReDepression, however, are taking a different approach to dealing with our global party’s-over “don’t-have-to-go-home-but-you-can’t-stay-here” meltdown.

Along with their handy-dandy tagline, “Might as well, it’s going to f* you,” they recently compiled the top 10 ways to F* the ReDepression, introducing the piece with these instructions:

First things first: You gotta believe. After that, who knows. At FTRD, we believe that the best way to FTRD is to pretend like it isn’t happening. This is the same strategy that FDR used while the Nazis rampaged Europe from 1933 to 1941. It worked then, and it will work now.

Other tasty tips include:

  • Move to… China? (def. not Europe, the UK or South America. and DEFINITELY not Africa)
  • Get a government job. They control everything. They print the money. You oughta roll with them!
  • Get a second family. If your new family has working-age children you just doubled your workforce!
  • Collect unemployment. Wait, how is this not #1? Stop reading this and go get it NOW.

Be sure to check out the rest of their list.

The Good News

What about a positive that stems from the greed of all those banker fat-cats?

Well, a group just granted the right to marry in Vermont is shouting a big fat “Hell-No!” to recession. Gay and lesbian travel is forecasted to be higher than heterosexual travel this summer.

The recession has also spawned hilarious t-shirts and cups to express your recession-depression frustrations to the world. Check out Recession Junction’s plethora of choices, including my favorites, “I will cut you, bitch!” and “Alms for the Poor.”

Last but certainly not least, when you are really down, you know who to turn to…The Onion. They’ve put together a video of the best reality show ever, Autoworkers Compete to Keep Jobs, Livelihoods.

What has kept you smiling during the economic crisis? Share your thoughts below.

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About The Author

Christine Garvin

Christine Garvin is a certified Nutrition Educator and holds a MA in Holistic Health Education. She is the founder/editor of Living Holistically...with a sense of humor and co-founder of Confronting Love. When she is not out traveling the world, she is busy writing, doing yoga, and performing hip-hop and bhangra. She also likes to pretend living in her hippie town of Fairfax, CA is like being on vacation.


    Oh my! What a post! What has been keeping me going is art and music. If I didn’t have music, I don’t know what I’d do. I love art and do graphic design. I started painting with acrylics as well. Of course, writing is “da bomb” for me. I love to write. I also made the decision to “tune out” the talk. This is a bit of a challenge, but I do my best. And…thinking about places I can travel to has been keeping me going. I would love to “cut bait and get out of the USA” for sometime. It will not solve anything, but at least I’d be in a different location, among different people. Maybe I’ll learn something along the way.

  • Turner Wright

    Clever Christine. My brother lives in Beijing and he just laughs at all the chaos over here.

  • Tim Patterson

    Go Vermont! I’m really glad that gay weddings will keep our economy humming along. It’s a good year for Maple Syrup, cheddar cheese and fresh vegetables, too!

    • Carlo Alcos


  • Carlo Alcos

    It’s funny. If it weren’t for the media, I wouldn’t even know there was a recession. I mean, I don’t doubt it’s happening. I do work for the government, so maybe I’m sheltered a bit (so that tip there to work for the gov’t is obviously a sound one).

    But shopping malls, shops, cafes, restaurants, two camper shows I went to…all packed with people. WTF?

  • Alan

    It’d be interesting to move to China, but I don’t know if it’s worth it considering all of the pollution.

  • Rizzo

    The picture above of the money is very cool

  • Jenna Sia

    the Economic recession made a lot of jobless people in my own country. We could only hope that our economy becomes strong again :)

  • Janet Reyen

    Our country was also hit hard by the Economic Recession. At least we are seeing some signs of economic recovery now. I hope that we could recover soon from this recession.

  • CameronDz

    Our country had been so much affected by this Economic Recession. there are lots of job cuts and company shutdowns. We are seeing some signs of economic recovery right now and we hope that it would continue.

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