Exactly eight years ago, I sold everything I owned to embrace my dream of full-time travel. (See also: How I Became The Professional Hobo). At the time I had no idea where I’d go, what I’d do, or how I’d be able to make it work financially. I just knew I had to go.
And you know what? It all worked out okay. In fact, it worked out better than I could have imagined.
This post was originally published in 2014. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
Before arriving at that big turning point in my life, I’d found myself “putting in time” and going through the motions of life, uninspired by what I was was doing, knowing there was something else “out there” for me.
Life is for the living. It’s a journey, and I felt that I’d lost my way in that journey. I knew the changes ahead involved a giant leap of faith, and although that leap was scary and full of unknowns, I was also excited by the adventure. The journey.
In the last eight years and 50 or so countries, I’ve embraced that journey fully, inspired by the twists and turns (and not always good ones) that took me on a meandering path around the world and through life. I learned to be impulsive on the road – and was rewarded for it repeatedly. (For some examples, check out How Travel Rewards You For Being Impulsive).
As a metaphor for travel and life itself, I even wrote a book called Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination – which is now available in both ebook and paperback for you to enjoy! (Hint: order now for Christmas delivery – it’s a perfect present for train travel and armchair travel enthusiasts).
Life Keeps Changing
Although I gracefully embraced my identity as “The Professional Hobo”, I’ve also recently realized that life keeps changing, and the journey continues. After all these years of nomadic wandering, I discovered Peru earlier this year, and realized that I’d found a place to call home…at least for now. Travel is still in my blood, but the way that I want to travel is evolving.
And the way I want to live life is also evolving. I’ve struggled in recent months, knowing that another change is coming, but not knowing what that change would look like, and ultimately feeling scared of it.
Imagine that! The woman who sold everything to travel is scared of change, set in her ways (as unconventional as those ways may be), and afraid of unknowns. Yes, it happens to all of us.
But change is in the air, and my own definitions of travel, and life, and what this journey is all about, is shifting. I’m still embracing and understanding this change, but rest assured you’ll be among the first to know when I better understand and am ready to talk about what lays ahead for me.
Live Your Life as a Hero
In the meantime, I recently discovered this inspiring video, which sent shivers down my spine. If you feel something is amiss in your life, or you have a dream you don’t know how to realize, you will want to watch it.
Click here to watch on Youtube.