You’re here because you are a badass.
Chances are you clicked on this Workshop because you ready to take a stand. You’ve reached that point where you just can’t take it anymore. Your daily grind, the job, the bills, the self-inflicted responsibilities have just about wiped you out.
This is you saying NO.
NO. I’m not going to be defeated.
NO. I’m not going to live the life of clichés that society had dumped on me.
NO. I’m not going to wait until I retire to start living my life.
You’re also here, because you said YES!
YES! I’m ready to be a badass, a fearless female traveler.
YES! I’m ready to experience an unimaginable life of adventure!
YES! I’m ready to be ALIVE!
This week as about taking yourself seriously.
I won’t tell you that this is going to be easy. In fact, this is probably one of the most difficult things you’ve ever done. Because, this week is when the excuses STOP. Believe me, I’m not judging. I’ve been there. You see a photo, an article, or your friend’s recent adventure posted on facebook. Even their sunburn turns you into the “green guy”, because you know they won it lounging on an exotic beach somewhere. In that moment, you tell yourself that you’re going to start traveling. You convince yourself that it’s real this time.
You start planning, reading blogs, guides, and pour into Pinterest with hours of your life that you’ll never get back. Then, with the next phone call, bill, or family crisis, you abandon your dreams as quickly as you thought them up.
You convince yourself that this just isn’t the right time.
Somehow we’ve all convinced ourselves that one day everything will simply fall into place. We’ll wake up one day on a tropical island sipping universe juice out of a coconut with a bendy straw.
[Insert Reality Check] I’ve lived the life of “waiting for the perfect time” and since we’re good friends, I have to be honest in telling you that it’s never going to come. But, before you get discouraged, the beauty of this is that now you don’t have to wait!
That can be you! Right Now!
STEP ONE: TAKE YOURSELF SERIOUSLY
If you don’t, no one else will.
Growing up, I dreamt of being an ice cream truck driver. At 6 years old, Rocky Road is a serious priority. But, as much as I obsessed over waffle cones and sprinkles, I knew I would never really do it. Was it because my parents laughed each time I said it? Perhaps.
Or maybe it was because I joined in. I never actually took myself seriously, because I didn’t believe that I could do it.
Looking back now, it’s a hilarious memory. I was a child and had no experience in life. But, you’re not a child. You’re an adult with as much or as little control as you allow yourself. The moment that you genuinely realize that you can do anything will be the most empowering and unforgettable moment of your life. This is the ultimate gateway drug, so read on with caution…
YOU. Yes, I’m staring at you through your screen.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” | Mark Twain
Choose to take yourself seriously. Right now you’re living, but beyond this moment is when you choose to be fully ALIVE!
STEP TWO: EXPERIENCES NOT THINGS
I know what you’re thinking, “That’s all easy for you to say, Courtney. You don’t have a real job, a car payment, a mortgage, a family… You’re paid to travel.”
I WISH!!! I am a real person, with a real job, a real family, and bills that are more real than I care for.
I definitely won’t tell you it’s easy. But, it is by no means impossible.
I will say, that my personal lifestyle is much different than most. I live my life collecting experiences not things.Though, I didn’t always live this way.
There was a time when I was drowning in my bills and expenses. I paid way too much for things that I didn’t need and again for the same things when they needed repaired or replaced (throwback to my car from hell). An worst of all, I paid with my time, cleaning up the mess and clutter of all the junk I had collected. I sacrificed money and time that could have been better spent making irreplaceable memories with the people I love in the most amazing places on earth.
Fast forward a few years, my husband and I began actively making changes to the way we live our lives. Rather than expensive gifts that will end up on a shelf, birthdays and holidays are celebrated with new adventures and road trips. The best present of all, each other’s time, the most valuable gift we could possibly share.
We live a simple lifestyle, and though we still can’t avoid the man and some of the bills and obligations, we are able to get out, explore, and give each other the best times of our lives.
It can be difficult to know where to start. So, here are some things you can start doing today to take the first step toward your new lifestyle!
STEP THREE: DON’T QUIT
I don’t just mean the stereotypical “don’t give up“, that’s a given. Most full-time travelers will tell you to quit your job and hit the road. Of course, it can be done and it’s great, for them. Leaving your job for full-time travel is empowering, liberating, and completely insecure. Unless you’re loaded, the fastest way to stomp out your dreams of seeing the world is to pull your own funding.
I’m sure any one of us would love to see our boss piss his pants at the words “I QUIT” and seeing you in a whirlwind as you dance out the door. But, the truth is, travel requires money.
TINSTAAFL: “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH”
I know that is beyond corny, but turning your dream into your reality takes work and dedication. I wish I could tell you to peace out of your 9 to 5 and start packing. But, I am taking you seriously, so I won’t.
So, what can you do? You have a world of options at your finger tips. The choice you make should be for you alone.
My first suggestion to you would be to find a way to travel around your current job. Not sure how? Read about How To Travel Around A Full-Time Job.
If you already pulled the pin in the job grenade or just have your heart set on traveling for work, check out some of these Work-Away Resources:
Remember, you get in life what you have the courage to work for!
STEP FOUR: HIT THE ROAD
While I usually live by the saying “GO BIG OR GO HOME” — I understand that not all of us can jump on a plane to Italy tonight.
Don’t be afraid to start small. Do be afraid of not starting at all.
Take a chance! Begin by exploring your own City or State. Think you’ve seen it all? So did I. But, I discovered quickly, that wasn’t the case.
I live in a desert, what could I have possibly missed?! Only all the places that I’ve come to adore!
If you jumped in the car now, barefoot and no bags, I definitely wouldn’t blame you. But, if you can contain yourself, spend a day or two building a short itinerary.
Don’t misunderstand, there’s no need to map out a play-by-play. I’m talking about a flexible itinerary that has the potential to change the moment an irresistible opportunity arises (and it will).
You should have a general idea of where you’re going, but be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to hit the streets on foot and discover the true beating heart of the city.
If you’re looking for a little bit of help on how to make the most of any destination, I would definitely recommend reading CONNECTING WITH THE LOCALS: A Traveler’s Guide.
STEP FIVE: COMING HOME
By far the most frightening and definitely the most depressing part of any adventure is the journey home. You’ve finally had a small taste of what adventure has to offer.
Yes, you’re coming back to your job and your bills. But, you’re also coming back new. You’ve taken the first leap into your new remarkable life and, I’m happy to say, there’s no going back!