This picture looks over New Chums beach, a little piece of secluded paradise on the North Island of New Zealand – one of many. Despite tsunami warnings for New Zealand, we were largely unaffected here in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Japan (due in part to the fact that it was low tide when the wave action rolled through). But again, this moving and shaking has been a wake-up call for myself and other travelers, encouraging us all to consider what “home” feels like, and where we might be prepared to “get stuck” for a while if it came to that. Here at Mana, one volunteer got clarity: she realized she misses her boyfriend, needs to live in the UK, and wants to have babies! So, she booked her ticket right away. Good on her.
As for me, I’m still happy to lay back in New Zealand and recharge my batteries for a while. It’s a nice place to be, with beautiful people, stimulating conversations, and awesome nature to enjoy. But I’ll soon be planning a long-haul flight back to Canada (with a possible layover adventure enroute), and likely in business class with thanks to the Travel Hacking Cartel (which I write about below). All this comes as an answer to a very special question I ask myself every day. Check out the articles below, and be enlightened!
Here are some tips (from experience) on how to fly around the world for free (or almost free anyway), with some resources on how to do it.
You get up. You go to work. You go home. You go to sleep. And you repeat this pattern until all of a sudden, months have passed and you’re not exactly sure what – if anything – you have to show for it (except maybe a few more wrinkles).
How do you get out of this rut? Heck – how did the rut form to begin with? You didn’t even see it coming.
Here’s your daily question to get out of this rut, and to prevent it from creeping up on you again.
Profiles & Shout-Outs
Mallory at Untie the Ribbons recently interviewed me for her series on people living their dream lives. In it I share how I came to start traveling full-time, some of the highlights, joys and difficulties of the lifestyle, and a few travel/packing tips. Thanks for the great interview, Mallory!
Fellow freelance writing colleague Thursday Bram wrote an article about saving for retirement as a freelancer in which I weighed in a few pointers. There are some interesting comments following the article too; have a peek!