The world-wide community of travelers is constantly growing. Solo, family, couple, luxury, budget – whatever you fancy, it’s out there. In search of those who desire to travel and learn from each experience, I’ve connected with many travelers making their way in the world. The Tupy’s and I have some common connections. They are an international couple who met abroad in a third location. One of them is a teacher. They learn as they go using various means necessary and staying in varied accommodations. They search for enriching experiences that are both perspective changing and provide growth. They’re not sure where they’ll settle and want the opportunity to choose whatever spot in the world suits them best for that time. They’re on a journey. Here they share a bit of the insight they’ve gained along the way.
The community of worldwide travelers grows by leaps and bounds each day. The more I look, the more I find people switching gears and jumping into a travel-centered life, figuring out how to make those dreams into a reality that works for them. Sam and Zab are two of those travelers. While I may have only ‘met’ them in the digital world, I can imagine our actual footprints will cross one day too. Here they share their story and what they believe to be the gifts of travel.
I ‘met’ Sherry Ott of Ottsworld through the online world of travel. Her story resonated with me on many fronts. The career break after over a decade in a profession, the teaching, New York City, the event organizing (Meet, Plan, Go), the volunteering and of course, the TRAVEL. Having made a jump from IT to travel nomad, Sherry wanders the world telling stories, sharing experiences, and looking for life’s adventures beyond the traditional ‘office walls’. Here she shares a bit of her knowledge and wandering wisdom with me.
1.When did you get started traveling? I left my corporate career in September 2006 with the plan of traveling around the world for one year on a career break. And yes – 8 plus years later I’m still traveling. Yes, there’s been lots of changes to that original plan! Read the rest of this entry
‘Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’- Marc Anthony
For years we’ve all heard this comment but for me, it was floated again when I resigned from teaching to follow a different path and carve out a new journey. I love to travel. I’ve loved it for years and there’s a freedom while traveling that I’ve yet to find elsewhere. That feeling of lightness, curiosity and that anything is possible is palpable and tangible whenever there’s an adventure. In between those travels (when there’s a bit of time to recoup financially), I find myself searching for those feelings at home. I’ve found many who know exactly what I mean and feel the same way. They may describe it as bliss, a tranquility or even the feeling of knowing you’re a small part of a bigger world-but there’s a kinship, and travelers understand. Read the rest of this entry
Another former student of mine has embraced the world of travel, location independence and global citizenship. In her youth, she was my 11th grade student, a soccer phenom and president of SADD while I was the advisor. As the president of SADD, we spent many hours after school organizing activities and volunteering with heaps of other students, adults and organizations. As many who graduate high school and enter university and then the workforce, Diane took opportunities afforded to her to see the world at an early age. Finding just as much joy in the world outside of the town in which she grew up as she did when she resided there, she took off to see cultures far from her own and live outside her comfort zone. Recently, thanks to social media, we reconnected, and discovered a shared love of travel! Here she shares her story of what she believes to be the gifts of travel. Read the rest of this entry
Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. Here she shares her story and advice: ‘stop making excuses’; she believes you’ll find the many gifts of travel if you just leap. Read the rest of this entry
The travel community is filled with incredibly interesting people. Gary Arndt, of Everything-Everywhere is one of them. Research and social media has given me the opportunity to reach out to a few prominent bloggers who are living life on their own terms. Perhaps Gary’s story will inspire you to bring the gift of travel more to the forefront of your life in a way that works for you.
1.When did you get started traveling? I began traveling full time on March 13, 2007.
2.What made you decide make the jump to a location independent existence? I wasn’t thinking of location independence per se. I just wanted to travel around the world and see things.
3.What benefits do you feel you get from this lifestyle? How do you handle the nay-sayers in your life? I get the freedom to go where I want, when I want and see all that the world has to offer. I don’t listen to nay-sayers.
4.How did you save money to be able to afford living ‘on the road’? How long did it take you to make the jump to a location independent life? I had money from selling my home and my business. It took me a little under 2 years from coming up with the idea to getting on the road. Most of that time was spent trying to sell my house.
5.How do you choose your destinations and for how long you’ll stay? What type of accommodations do you typically choose? Are there any specific resources you recommend? I pick places based on my desire to visit. I seldom stay in one place longer than a week or two and am usually moving constantly. For example, in 2013 I visited 44 countries. I normally stay in hostels or guesthouses as they are cheap. I don’t use any particular resource. I just look for places online and ask other people.
6.How much money do you traditionally need annually to support this lifestyle? There is no answer to this question. It is totally dependent on where you live and how much moving around you do. The answer for Switzerland will be very different than the answer for Thailand. The minimum is probably $1,000/month
7.How do you make money on the road and save for retirement? You don’t really. There is no need to retire from this lifestyle.
8.How do you handle visas, vaccinations, legal documents/passports, taxes and healthcare while living without a home base? I use my mother’s home as a mailing address. It really isn’t that difficult as many things can be done online.
9.If you decide to settle somewhere – where and when do you think it will be? No idea. It depends more on business opportunities and cost. My problem is that I always want to go somewhere else after a few weeks.
10.What advice do you have for others trying to make the jump to a location independent lifestyle? Make sure it is really something you want to do. It isn’t all glamorous. Most people actually couldn’t stand to do it for more than few months.
Find out more about Gary and his ’round the world travels at Everything-Everywhere.
The travel community is filled with incredibly interesting people. There are business travelers, budget travelers, short and long term travelers and everyone in between. All are dreamers and doers and find a way to include travel as a focal point in their lives. Research and social media have given me the opportunity to reach out to a few prominent bloggers who are living life on their own terms. Some live and work in the travel industry, some travel to disaster-relief incidents around the world, some closed up shop and headed off to see the world with no end in sight and others are living and working in a ‘location-independent’ lifestyle merging travel and life on their own terms. Over the next few weeks/months you’ll see interviews with some of these travelers and see what they believe to be the ‘gift of travel’ in their own lives. Read their stories – hear what they have to say. Perhaps they will inspire you to bring the gift of travel more to the forefront of your life in a way that works for you.