​Before taking this journey, the two most frequent comments I heard were:
 

I’m jealous, I wish I could do that.
You’re really brave.

 
The courage part felt weird to me because I’ve spent so much time thinking about walking away from my entire life that when I finally did, it just seemed overdue. However, I began to realize I might have some courage when I noticed how alone I felt on my journey. 

Before leaving the US, I saw the movie “Molly’s Game.” I went to a movie theater in New York City at 10pm on a Monday Night. I suddenly became aware that I was the only one in the theater. First, I felt afraid. I sat strategically in the back so I could see where anyone else who entered was sitting. Nobody came. Then, stupidly, I burst out crying. That’s when I realized that being courageous is pretty lonely because “most people” will choose comfort over courage and stepping outside a comfort zone.

Sunset on Flamingo Beach.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The jealousy part makes me sad. Based on what I hear, many of you secretly (or not so secretly) want to do something different, too. However, like me, you created certain comforts that you may be afraid to give up. Some of you have other people to consider that make it “impossible” to break away.
 
To be fair, it took me years to throw everything stable in my life into jeopardy. I wasn’t able to do this until I got comfortable with “I DON’T KNOW.”
 
I don’t know….where the money will come from.
I don’t know….exactly where I’m going next.
I don’t know….where I will end up living.
I don’t know….whether I will improve myself and my life by taking this journey.
I don’t know….how long I will spend in any place.

I finally figured out that many of the questions I was trying to answer were, in fact, the wrong questions. Even better, I came to see that all my worries and anxieties were not the real point of my life. I saw that many of my fears were actually those of loved ones around me, and not my own. Once this became clear, the excuses that kept me stuck began to wear thin, and my heart and  mind aligned in my decision to take a journey where “I don’t know” has almost become a comfort zone! (more on comfort zones in another post.)

Poisonous blue jean/red dart frog. Near La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

Hanging bridges near La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

To anyone else out there that wants to take a break from your life, or who is questioning, like me, whether your life “fits” you, here’s my take.
 
I knew that something about how I was living was out of sync. I was doing many different kinds of work trying to figure out what I really want to do. But, I just kept on working really hard and not figuring it out. Only since a break from all of it, do I see that I was completely distracting myself from, well, being myself. I made it impossible to spend any quality time figuring out what I wanted because with all that work, I had no time!
 

I realize that this journey is like trying to figure out a food allergy.

 

I’ve removed almost everything stable from my life and am creating an open space to allow in new ideas and opportunities. I believe the next phase is to slowly re-introduce SOME of the things I was doing into my space, and see how those things feel. I believe the open space in myself will truly know what things from my past will go forward with me, and which things will not. I can also play with new things I’ve never done before, and see if my soul might be craving a different path. And, once I figure that out, I can’t imagine living more powerfully, and more authentically. Isn’t that an outcome worth a little courage? (And, maybe if you have that courage, you’ll inspire your friends to do the same in their lives!)

Learn about Heather and what set her on her world journey. She also explains why this life is not just for Millenials, it’s for anyone that wants to create a life around what they love most in life. 

Listen to an episode of the video interview series that will inspire you to follow your heart. Whether you want to travel full time or have another calling, this series is for you.

See the amazing people I’ve been meeting on my travels and the fun stories that go along with the meetings.

Check out my travel photos from around the world to see the world from wherever you are.

If you’ve been thinking that there’s got to be  more to life than work, or, you’ve lost your job, and wonder whether now is the time to do something you’re more excited about, this quiz will help you. Answer a few questions and get a free guide to help you know the areas you need to work on, followed up with inspirational and helpful tips to put your dreams into action.

Traveling the world full-time may sound glamorous and exhilirating. (In many ways, it is!) But, it’s not full-time fun. Before you decide to go, take this quiz to make sure you’re ready, and, if not, find out how to bridge the gaps.

This fun quiz helps you understand what your travel personality is, and how to make sure you indulge it when planning your next trip to maximize your enjoyment!

This one is pure fun – test your transcontinental travel trivia knowledge. Hit the button below if you dare take the quiz and see your score! 

If you enjoyed the first quiz, see how you do on the second one! More fun, more tricks, Click the button below to test your knowledge!

If you want to see every post I’ve written, starting with the most recent, this is the place to start!

In 2020, I was traveling in New Zealand as the coronavirus pandemic brewed, and, got stuck there. If you want to read about what this time was like and traveling during this time, check out this page.

Many of my blog posts are about things I’ve discovered about myself or about being, while I’ve traveled. If you’d like to focus on posts that only have self-discovery themes, click the button below.

I’ve been traveling the globe solo, and many of my posts share thoughts and resources specifically for other solo travelers. If you’re a fellow solo traveler, or you’re thinking about solo travel, this is a collection you will find of interest.

Sometimes I write posts where I give insider information on certain cities I’ve visited, which may be more along the lines of places to go, how to save money, etc. If that’s your main interest, check out this compilation of posts.

At the heart of international travel is learning about the many different cultures and ways of being around the world. The posts compiled on this page speak, specifically, about the cultural observations I’ve had.

If you’re looking to read blog posts about specific destinations, click the country of your interest below to go to it’s blog page and get country-specific reviews and thoughts.

Africa

Argentina

Brazil

Cambodia

Chile

Costa Rica

France

New Zealand

Peru

Portugal

Scotland

Thailand

Uruguay

Vietnam

 

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