I travel because of the amazing things and people my journies will connect me with, both inwards and outwards.
I have always loved travelling, right from a very early age when on my first trip to visit relatives. From then I grew and ventured out on my own going to places where I, nor no one I knew, had ever been.
In 1996, when I was 26 years old I decided to go and live in Japan and I have been traveling (mostly in Asia) ever since!
When I first exclaimed to my friends and family that I was going to Asia, I got a mix of responses. Some people loved what I was doing and 'got it' right away, while others couldn't understand why I would ever want to go so far away all alone to such a foreign land where I knew no one, and couldn't read write or speak the language fluently.
So why did I want to leave my home and travel so far away all alone?
I wanted to spend time with people that had grown up in a completely different part of our world, I wanted to see how things are done in different parts of the world. I wanted to continue to learn, to connect with and to remember so much about life on many levels.
What happened was all of that and so so much more.
I travel because travelling is the best education I have ever given myself!!
Just because you may be comfortable and happy in one place, doesn't mean you cannot be comfortable and happy in another place.
Many people get so comfortable in their routines that, even if they are not fulfilled every day, they cannot allow themselves to break away and try something new.
It is when we try new things and stretch out beyond our comfortable everyday routines that we give ourselves the chance to learn, remember and grow.
When was the last time you did something for the first time???
I travel because traveling is the best gift I have ever given myself.
Growing up in Canada, very close to the USA, I was submerged in the culture of this area. Traveling allowed me to broaden my horizons, to see more of the big picture and to see and experience much that can easily be hidden by modern culture.
I travel because I am brought back to the absolute basics of life, the irrelevant gets stripped away because there is no place for it. What is left is pure connections and honestly getting to know and understand my own feelings and thoughts.
Leaving North America behind and travelling/living on the other side of the world, including many 'third world' countries taught/reminded me much ... on an experiential level. It is one thing to 'know' these things, but quite another to experience them fully thereby embracing them deeply and making them a part of who you are.
I travel because of these few things mentioned above and so so much more.
Another amazing thing that travelling has taught me is that there are many ways to make a living ... other than working 40+ hours a week for someone else.
I am happy to say that I have never had a career job within the '9-5' structure that so many refer to as the 'rat race'. I have never been drawn to this way of life and most people I talk to that are living life in this kind of 'box' tell me that it doesn't allow for exploration of one's passions or life callings.
I like to feel into and think of our world where everyone can make a living in a way they truly enjoy and where everyone gets to play with their passions and whatever they feel called to do.
Be the change you want to see in the world as Gandhi says!
I travel because living naturally, comfortably and healthy doesn't have to be as expensive as we are led to believe in the West. I have learned from living in many countries that I can live very comfortably and with access to much healthier foods and living environments than I can in Canada/USA for much less money.
One of the many ways you can make money while travelling and living abroad is to build an income generating website.
You may think that I have no experience talking about leaving a 9-5 job behind since I have never done it.
Not exactly true - before I left Canada in 1996 I had a very nice government job and months before leaving to travel I was promoted and offered permanent full-time status with full benefits.
This was a 'dream job' for many and many couldn't believe I would leave such an 'amazing' job .... but it wasn't my dream and it wasn't my definition of amazing. So, I quit this job and declined the promotion in order to don my backpack and be on my way.
When I married John in 2008, he was doing a 9-5 job - fortunately he chose one that he loves and that was connected to his life calling ... but ... it still entailed living within that scheduled 'box'. As he and I became one, this 'box' became mine as well - wow, was that a different experience for me!
We are so happy to report that we live and feel beyond this 'box'. At times quitting it and leaving that structure behind in order to live more according to our own schedule. We are loving being that change we want to see more of in our world!
... because there is just so much that I, that we, love about getting away from conditioned norms and forging our own path.
We are following our dreams and removing ourselves from all the noise so that we can more fully hear our own inner wisdom guiding us to fulfilling our potential.
This is how we best serve ourselves and the world around us!
Dream big and never underestimate the power you have to turn your dreams into reality!
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