I met Barbara online. When I emailed her an interview request, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. She wrote, “Perpetual or even long-term travel changes us irrevocably and many of us cannot return to [the same] lives…after our experiences around the world.” A match! Trying to connect the world through the stories she can share, Barbara left the rat race of the corporate world and threw caution straight into the wind. After jobs that paid the bills for a comfortable existence left her unfulfilled and an illness left her on the sidelines of life for a few years, she had had enough. No more listening to other people’s opinions and no more wasted time. At the age of 62, she has been filling her soul by traveling the world for more than eight years and has no plans to settle down. Here she shares her passion for traveling and what she believes are the gifts of travel.
Travelers find other travelers. We even seek each other out. When found, there’s no limit to the conversations about adventure, visas, heritage sites and local cuisine. Have you stayed at that hostel? Did you eat at Joe’s Beerhouse where your toes wiggle in the sand as the feast arrives at your table? What did you like best about that certain city? The questions are endless and the stories come with a side of travel adventure and usually a lot of laughter. Jonny Blair is a long term traveler and travel writer at Don’t Stop Living – A Lifestyle of Travel and Backpacking in China. Jonny has visited around 600 cities/towns in 90 countries across all 7 continents in the past decade. He is one of those travelers you might find at a hostel lobby or in that famed restaurant regaling others with stories of journeys while enjoying local fare. Here he shares his travel experiences and his advice to ‘work anywhere and get ready for a crazy time’.
My parents tell me it’s a generational thing. In ‘their’ day, most people had one job or one profession for over thirty years and then they retired. All did their best to sock away a nest egg of sorts for their ‘retirement’ years and some were even lucky enough to add a well-earned pension to that chunk of money in the bank. They tell me, ‘today’s generation is different’. I’m sure you’ve heard it a hundred times yourself. Today, in the age of 140 character thoughts, instant messaging and snapchats, the world of occupational loyalty is different. Now, if a lawyer becomes a lego-artist, a teacher trades the classroom for the world of not-for-profits, or an accountant becomes a strength and conditioning coach less people are surprised. Company loyalty isn’t the same, people don’t tend to stay in the same place for as long as they once did and what was once considered a hobby or side gig can become a full time love. It’s all happened thousands of times before, but today, more and more people are choosing a work-life balance over that handsome paycheck. Michael Hodson, a successful attorney changed his mind. He hit the road in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. Here he shares his story and what he believes to be the gifts of travel. Read the rest of this entry
You’ve dreamed about it for as long as you can remember and now it’s here. Tickets are booked, that packing list is beginning to swirl in your brain and you’re counting down the minutes until you head to the airport…now what? Although that aforementioned packing list will differ between long and short term travelers, some things are constant. Of course, not everyone will have the same amount of time available to plan, but the more you take care of ahead of time, the less you’ll have to worry later. No matter where you’re traveling from or heading to, certain things apply. Taking care of yourself, having access to finances, making it across borders safely and connecting with family and friends are priorities across the board. Perhaps these few suggestions will make your pre-trip planning easier. Enjoy the journey! 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
Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been traveling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home. Here she shares her story about how she got started, how she chooses to travel and how she chose to make her own ‘reality’. Read the rest of this entry
Everyone travels in his/her own way. Some grab a few days at a local spot while others book a year in advance knowing they have to travel on ‘school holidays’. Some are intricately linked to the idea of last minute adventures and yet, there are still others who ditch the norm and try to make travel a life’s focus. No matter the type, each and everyone finds the meaning of travel and its gifts have an effect. Endless long-term travel may not be in store for every traveler, but most who have ever left the confines of their own four walls can agree that boundaries have the tendency to change, perspective sometimes arises and new people are often met. In this guest post, Akaisha Kaderli shares just some of the gifts she’s found in ‘Confessions of a World Traveler’. 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.
“Be quiet, shhhh” are the only whispers you hear. Seated on hard wooden benches are hundreds of people. We have headlamps around our necks, torches in our pockets, canteens next to us and cameras in our hands. We wait. As the sun sets, the horizon is set ablaze in hues of red and orange. The colours change as quickly as the scene. It’s cable television live, in colour and directly in front of us. Even the youngest children are silent. You can hear a pin drop.
We sit at the Watering Hole in Etosha National Park. Namibia’s premier park for animal citing and game drive viewing has campsites, a pool a restaurant and this, the watering hole. “I could stay here for days”, we both say to each other simultaneously knowing that if we could, we would. Within the first minutes we know we have to return someday. Each day people come and sit for hours. Sunrise, daylight, sunset, night-it doesn’t matter the time or the weather-they wait.
Interview with ytravelblog (Caroline Makepeace)
1.When did you get started traveling? When I was at University, my brother moved to London to work and travel Europe. I was captivated by his stories and knew I wanted the same adventurous and carefree life. 3 days after I graduated from University in 1997, I jumped on a plane to work in London and travel. I’ve pretty much been traveling ever since.
2.What made you decide make the jump to a location independent existence? There just isn’t any other life my soul yearns for. It’s so used to living a life on its own terms that I can’t settle for anything else. I love to have complete control over how every day looks. If for whatever reason my heart and soul decides it needs to live in Bali to learn and grow more than I want the freedom to follow that urge. Read the rest of this entry