July 2012

Traveling for an Extended Period of Time

"What made this journey possible was taking the initiative to save and plan"

I’ve had the idea to travel ruminating in my brain for some time. In fact, for two years straight it was all I thought about. I went over different itineraries, thought about how long I could feasibly travel for, and even became as thrifty as I could. Nice dinners transformed to rice and beans, and the active life of a mid-twenty something became less and less outrageous. Each penny saved meant more time abroad.

 

For the first two years after my university, I worked, saved, and planned for my epic adventure. I wasn’t certain when it would actually come or if I would have the guts to quit work and go. As time went on, though, and my bank account started to take form while my job became less engaging, I knew the time was soon.

Create a life list

You’ve got one to-do list; how about one of what you’ve already done?

I am a huge fan of Laura Grace Weldon. She is incredibly inspirational in the homeschooling world; I am reading and loving her book, Free Range Learning, right now. Today Weldon shared a post on her blog about creating life lists that I thought would be very appropriate to share on our Living to Do space here.

When we make Living to Do lists, we list things we want to do in our lives—travel the world, touch a llama, make maple syrup, whatever (yes, these are all from my own list!). Laura’s life lists, however, are about the things that we have already done in our lives that make them so special as they are right now.

On the List: Sail across the ocean

I remember a day, a long, long time ago, when I was just a child.  It was on this day that I had what would be my first and only experience riding a vessel that road across water as opposed to earth or air.  I have always had a bit of fear concerning open water, being that I am not the best swimmer in the world, so taking part in an activity such as sailing (or even surfing) held little appeal.  Now that I’m coming along in years, I feel the need to revisit this experience.  And not just a simple whale-watching tour like I did when I was a young lad, but a full-fledged trip across the ocean, from the coast of one continent to the next.

Drive a motor home across the country

Decades ago, I had an encounter that I still vividly remember. I was at the gas station, and as I stood there waiting for my tank to fill, a truly enormous motorhome pulled up to the other side of the pump. It was the size of a tour bus, and when the driver hopped out, I assaulted him with questions. Actually I think I might have just said "WOW."

This was back in the late 90s, when the internet was still evolving. I was blown away, therefore, to learn that he was a telecommuter. He pointed to the satellite dish on the top of his motorhome and explained that it provided a satellite uplink for his email and web surfing. He received his paychecks via direct deposit, and spent his life driving around the country, with a new office location every day.