She's said it before, she'll say it again: Travel is not a contest. It’s not a party trick you pull out to increase your winsomeness on a Friday evening in a roomful of strangers. You might have been two years on the road across four continents and if you haven’t learned a damned thing from it then your story matters less than the seventeen year old kid who is one week into her first three week sojourn but who has just had her world rocked forever. Jenn Miller discusses a principle from the Indie Manifesto and examines why personal transformation is the ultimate goal of travel.
What would it look like if an entire town was populated only by people who had some long-term travel under their belts? Jenn Miller takes a whimsical look at what an imaginary intentional community of travelers might look like.
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!