I had always dreamed of traveling the world. As a child, I would pour over atlases and maps, imagining all of the places I would go and the things I would see. I would beg my parents to take me on vacation to far-off lands, and even started saving my own money for future trips. But as I got older, I realized that my dream was far from reality. I had responsibilities – a job, a mortgage, bills to pay. I couldn’t just up and leave everything behind to travel the world.
Or could I?
In 2016, I made the decision to do just that. I quit my job, sold my house, and got rid of most of my possessions. I bought a van and hit the road, traveling to all of the places I had always dreamed of visiting.
It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I’ve seen some amazing places, met incredible people, and learned things about myself that I never would have discovered if I had stayed in my comfort zone.
If you’re thinking about taking a similar leap, here are a few things to consider:
1. You don’t need as much stuff as you think you do
When I first started traveling, I brought too much stuff with me. I had clothes for every season, shoes for every occasion, and enough makeup to last me a lifetime. But the truth is, you don’t need all of that stuff. You can get by with just a few changes of clothes, a minimal amount of makeup, and a pair of comfortable shoes.
2. You can live a nomadic lifestyle without giving up your job
If you’re worried about giving up your job to travel, don’t be. There are plenty of ways to live a nomadic lifestyle without quitting your job. You can use sites like Workaway and WWOOF to find short-term work opportunities around the world. You can also start your own online business or freelance career, which will allow you to work from anywhere in the world.
3. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to travel
People often assume that travel is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to save money while you travel, such as Couchsurfing, house-sitting, and volunteering. You can also find affordable flights and accommodations by using sites like Skyscanner and Airbnb.
4. You’ll meet some amazing people
One of the best things about travel is the people you meet along the way. You’ll meet fellow travelers from all over the world, each with their own stories and experiences to share. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet locals and learn about their culture and way of life.
5. You’ll learn a lot about yourself
When you travel, you’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone on a regular basis. This can be a bit daunting at first, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to learn more about yourself. You’ll learn how to cope with difficult situations, how to be more independent, and how to be adaptable.
6. You’ll appreciate your home more
After spending months or even years on the road, you’ll start to appreciate your home in a whole new way. You’ll appreciate the little things, like a comfortable bed and a warm shower. You’ll also realize how lucky you are to have a place to call home, no matter where in the world you are.
7. You’ll never regret it
If you’re thinking about giving up your job and hitting the road, just do it. It’s a decision you’ll never regret. Travel will change your life in ways you never could have imagined, and you’ll never regret giving up your old life to pursue your dreams.