If you are reading this post, you’re probably aware that I quit my job to travel the world. On March 20th, I’m boarding a plane to travel solo for five months. I’ve always harbored a deep desire to see the world, but this time I’m not just traveling. I’m experimenting with the idea of location independence, which I define simply as the freedom to live and work from anywhere. My dream for this trip was born out of three concepts that I’ve adopted as personal beliefs:
- I don’t buy into the idea that work vs. travel is an either/or proposition.
- I believe in the power of context – the people around you and the environment you create for yourself have a profound effect on your success and what you create. Taking time to live life only inspires your work.
- Growth happens when you get out of your comfort zone. Outside of selling books door to door (wait…I’ve done that), I can’t think of anything that creates more opportunity for discomfort than 5 months of solo travel without a plan.
If you’re anything like my mom, you still have a million questions. Here are my answers to the most common questions I’ve fielded from friends, coworkers, and yes… even my mom.
Do you have a plan?
I have a loose plan, but I left plenty of room for the unexpected. Over-planning kills magic! Here’s what I can tell you for sure: I will be in Europe for three months and South America for two months. If you are ever curious where I am, I will update my current location and travel route on my blog.
How are you paying for this?!? (My CPA friends)
I’ll be working from the road on side projects I’ve picked up over the past year. Traveling the world on a budget is totally possible. I’m budgeting $50/day for Europe and $30/day for South America.
Where are you starting?
London! I’m visiting my favorite English nugget, Miriam Fahey.
Where did this idea come from?
Fascination with the concept of location independence. Dissatisfaction with a 40-hour work week. A strong desire to live differently. Curiosity.
What’s your goal coming out of this?
That’s the hardest question of all. I’d like to say that I want to gain more clarity on how I make a difference, but that would suggest that the sole purpose of this trip is self-discovery, which just isn’t true. This is not a quarter life crisis and this is not Eat, Pray, Love. I don’t have a singular goal, but I have a lot of hopes. I hope to sharpen some skills like SEO, writing, HTML, French. I hope I face a lot of problems. I hope that I meet people who are making a difference in the world. I hope I end up with my own idea of how to make a difference. I hope I learn to live a minimalist lifestyle. I hope I’m inspired.
Is this your long-term plan?
Probably not. I love to travel, but I place value in community. Deep relationships are difficult to maintain when you don’t have a “home.” Eventually, I want to optimize my life for impact, and the threshold for impact is limited when you don’t have a solid support system.
Why should I read your blog?
I’ll try to be entertaining and honest. And, secretly, I hope that I can inspire you to take a step out of your comfort zone too.
Stay tuned next week for answers to questions like “What about SAFETY?” and “What are you bringing?” Got more?? Send ’em my way. I’ll be posting trip updates as my departure date gets closer.