Travel Long Term, Travel the World. Cheap, and Easy.
Maybe this advice is new to you. Probably, you’ve heard something similar many times before, or I guess you might already be an extended-travel nomadic-master seven-years-deep into your epic journey. Either way, this advice is personally for you – travel the world, and travel long-term.
Travel will make you a stronger, more intelligent, more creative, and more compassionate person. Travelling is the best education you can get. Travel will help you form new relationships, and travel will help you enjoy your existing relationships more. Travel will give you more insight and genuine perspective into your own life, and the life of your friends. Travel will teach you how the world really works. There are no limit on the benefits of travel – the more you travel, the more you gain. It really is as simple as that.
It’s a big world out there. Really, big. You may think it’s a long way to the corner shop, but that’s peanuts compared to the world. There’s more than 200 countries. Thousands of cities, and nature galore. Whether you’re ticking off a precise travel bucket-list one by one, or taking a deeper approach exploring those countries that you feel are most interesting, you will never, ever, exhaust your travel possibilities. There is always another city to enjoy. Always another remarkable and inspiring slice of nature.
Unfortunately, we humans seem to love putting limits on ourselves. We make excuses for why we can’t start travelling, for why a “Gap Year” can only last a year. For why we need to return home and “get serious” about life after years of extended travel and absolutely priceless experiences. We create our own fears and insecurities.
Why not just do we all know is right? Just raise the small amount of money you will need to travel, and go. When you’re nearing the end of a one year journey, try to make it two years. Even if you’ve been travelling for many years, just keep going. And share your travel stories and life advice with others – I truly believe long term travellers, bucking societal norms, are among the most important humans alive today. Have you ever met a person who has travelled for an extended period that thinks war is a good idea? Or that the essentials in life include a car, a large TV, and a decent home security system? No. Somewhere, there’s a rag-tag legion of long-term nomads out there – post-modern humans – who can teach us all. And, we should listen to them.
Quit your job, start travelling. Spread the word. Sell, give away, or throw out everything. You don’t need it. Stuff comes, stuff goes. Travel experiences last a lifetime. Don’t think about the cost, you’ll never regret one cent you spend on travel. Oh, you have children? Great. Take them with you.
We are all nomadic. It’s how we were, when the world was healthy. The more people stuck in once place in meaningless jobs related to mindless consumption, the worse the world gets. No, it’s not just a coincidence.
Either we spend our lives stuck in an unhealthy rut, or we live up to our potential. So, start planning for your next adventure. Now. Don’t wait. As an added bonus, I will give you all the steps you need to plan your next journey, whether you are new or old to the travelling game.
1. Buy a ticket.
This is the first Yomadic article, of many more. Like you, I’m on a life journey. This isn’t the start, or the end, of my journey. It’s just a moment in time on the continuum of my life on Earth. There are thirty-plus countries I have already explored, and now I’m taking my own travel advice. I’m preparing to becoming nomadic, forever.
Oh, the “easy and cheap” bit in the headline? Well, how else would I attract you here? And, I do want you here. However, I’ll explain: whether you think long-term world travel will be easy or hard, cheap or expensive, either way, you’re probably right.
I would love you to follow along on this journey, I have no idea where I’ll end up.
My plan is simple – travel long term, and see the world.