I ask a lot of questions as we travel. It’s how I learn. I love to ask fellow travelers about their dreams and their passions and watch their eyes light up. The question I most like to ask is, “Why.” Why are you passionate about that? Why do you travel? To me, a person’s “Why” is like a window into their soul. So, let me ask you, why do YOU travel?
Newsflash: Not everyone to takes off to travel around the world for six months, or a year, or six years, is selfish. Not everyone is just trying to get a break from their reality so that they can play instead of work. Not all travelers are out to check off just the landmarks and hit every full moon party they can in between. Jenn Miller discusses how some of us travel with purpose.
What's the biggest obstacle between you and your travel dreams? Money? Almost everyone says that! Drew and Caroline Macomber are living proof that anyone, on any budget, can travel full time, and often for free. Not only are they doing it, they're sharing their secrets with all of us! Ready to get inspired?
I think it’s safe to say that the majority of folks hit the wall at some point, look up from their carefully crafted norm and think, “How in the hell did I get here, and what am I doing, anyway?” And the most frustrating part of all is that everyone around us seems to accept this soul-sucking realization as par for the course and they just keep plodding. Is this life? Is this all there is? Is this what it means to be an adult and a responsible member of society? I would submit that the answer is, “Yes,” to the vast majority, but a wild and resounding, “HELL NO!” to a growing minority to whom passion means more than security. Are you looking to make that left turn and really live the second half of your life? Rafat, my friend, this one is for you.
Maybe it sounds arrogant, but it isn't really, because it's true: Travel does make you a better person, but it's not about where you went or what you did. It's about what you learned and how you let that change you, and it's about what you do with that when you dive back into the real world.
What would you do if you woke up one morning in the middle of an adventure and realized you'd lost everything in a market crash? What are you doing with the precious life you have right now? Jennifer Miller makes a convincing case for the necessity of doing hard things and teaching your kids to too!
Standing at the brink of forty, Jenn Miller is here to tell you why your twenties might just be the most important decade of your life. So many of the decisions we make in our first decade of adulthood carve the path we walk for subsequent ones and determine the level of our freedom.
One life is not better than another: It’s not about whose life is best, it’s about living the life you have on purpose. It’s about not wasting it. It’s about doing the things you’re passionate about, at home or abroad; at home and abroad. Jenn Miller talks about what's more important than what you're doing: your Why.
It’s entirely possible to take a year and travel the globe and completely miss the point. I know people who have. You probably do, too. The Indie Travel Manifesto encourages us to find pleasure in simple moments. This seems a good goal, to me, regardless of whether you travel back and forth to your village to buy milk and a baguette or whether you get your “big trip” off the ground this year. Let’s take the time to cultivate pleasure in simple moments, at home and abroad.