Some of you may be wondering where this all came from, how it started, and maybe even if I’m crazy. Well, here is my story!
I was sitting around talking to a friend of mine one afternoon and explaining to her how I just didn’t feel complete. I still felt like after everything I have achieved and accomplished in life I was still missing something. To give a little back story, I had this feeling about 6 years ago when I lived in Wisconsin (where I was born and raised). What I decided to do back then was sell everything I own, pack up my Isuzu Rodeo and start driving. 1.5 months of nowhere to be, nothing I had to do, just traveling and finding myself.
Well 6 years ago I decided that Phoenix, Arizona was the place I wanted to be, or fate decided that for me, but that’s a whole nother story. Upon my 6 years here I have made amazing friends, family and connections, I have grown my own business and helped someone else grow theirs, bought a brand new car (yes, brand new. They had to pull the plastic off of it), bought my own home (on my own) and have been able to travel and experience things that most will never get a chance to.
So now you are asking yourself, “What in the world is this girl missing?”. I was wondering the same thing. The friend I was talking to made a few suggestions but only one of them really resonated. She said to move home. Now, I laughed at that because there was no way I was moving back to Wisconsin. That felt like defeat of my travels and claiming Wisconsin wasn’t where I belonged. I told her that was silly, I own my own business here, my own home, and everything I have I have here now. She said to me “You can own a home and all of those things anywhere you are. What good does it all do if you are still missing something?”
BAM!!! What did she just say to me???? How could she just be so brutal and right?!?! I hadn’t thought of it that way. I could own a home someplace else and most likely a better one as homes aren’t the cheapest in the country in Phoenix. Well that really got me thinking. When have I been the happiest and what was I missing?
Ah-Ha!!! I have truly been the happiest when I travel. When I left Wisconsin 6 years ago it was one of the most freeing feelings I have ever had. When we took off for a month 2 years ago and just traveled the western states, it was truly amazing. That’s it. I am a wanderer. But what can I do about that? I’m 34 and retirement is eons away.
Well, I decided that Google was going to be my best friend. I got online and started doing research. Turns out there are many other people out there just like me that are doing it and not retirement age. There is a couple, Heath and Alyssa, that have been a true inspiration for me. They are a young couple who went out on a whim decided they were going to travel to all 50 states for their honeymoon and then decided that they were going to do it full time and teach people how they can do it and make money doing it. I took a course they had and follow them regularly now. If you are thinking about doing this kind of lifestyle this is a good place to start out: http://heathandalyssa.com/
So, after following them, a few other groups and doing my research I am going to do something similar. I am going to sell my home and everything I own, buy an RV and start traveling. What’s the worst thing that can happen???? I fail or don’t like it? Great, at least now I know. I have to start all over again? I’ve done that before, I can do it again. The weight that has been lifted off of my shoulders is immense. I can actually breathe and feel happy and excited for something again.
Yes, you guessed it right, I am going to be a FULL TIME TRAVELER. Follow me and you can find out how to do it on your own too. Or if you aren’t ready, you can live vicariously through me. Full time travel, here I come!