Is your current work or dream location-independent? Is the only thing tethering you an Internet connection? If not, can you make it so? Then this is for you.
We live in an age of unprecedented movement and opportunity. Stop taking it for granted.
In medieval Europe, lives were so fundamentally tied down to a single location that it was not uncommon for people to take on the name of their village or town as their own last name.
The War of 1812 was fought for months after the Americans and British had officially ended it. Why? The ships sent to relay the Crown’s orders to its soldiers took months to crawl across the Atlantic. Whoops.
And here we are, exactly 200 years later, able to cross the Atlantic in 5 hours, treated all the while to an endless stream of video entertainment. Wherever you are in the world, you can be somewhere entirely different within the scope of a single workday. The world is smaller than ever before, small enough to fit well within the bounds of big dreams.
TRAVEL IS FOR MORE THAN FUN.
Okay, so you know that travel is easier, cheaper, and safer than ever before. Cool, but you don’t need me to convince you to go on a vacation.
Stop thinking of travel as an escape.
Yes, travel can be an effective, if temporary escape from the rigorously scheduled life. Yes, travel should be fun and full of vibrant interaction with the local culture and people and history. But it can be so much more. Travel can help you achieve your dream. Long-term travel let’s you choose a set of circumstances where you can more effectively dedicate yourself while avoiding unnecessary stresses and constraints.
Think of travel as a way to maximize your freedom and earnings while minimizing risk.
If you’ve decided to grow some courage and chase your damn dream already, then follow these two simple steps to maximize your chances for success. Continue reading