It's interesting to leave your job, house, city, and or country to travel. Most of my friends think I'm crazy, others think I'm running from "real life", and a few think I'm brave. I'm not sure why I left. I don't t think I'm running away, but maybe I am. After many huge life changes (the biggest being Mama passing away) the desire to explore was tugging at me. I traveled a lot during the mid-twenties chapter of my life. I missed it.
I think that's what made it so easy for me to say "yes" when Grant asked me if I wanted to go abroad for New Year 2016. We started planning the trip in August. In October that year, I took a road trip from Arkansas to Oregon via Southern California, before I reached New Mexico, I knew that I wanted to be on the road. At that time, I imagined that to be a truck and camper trailer in the US. Then, as Grant and I were on our New Year holiday, we decided a life abroad sounded like a great plan and we started trying to figure out how to make that a reality.
People travel for so many reasons. Whether you are traveling for your education, work, enlightenment, religious pilgrimage, or pleasure, you will be forever changed. You will not only have life long memories, but the opportunity to see that humans have more in common than we have differences. You can also appreciate the differences that we do have.
All types of people travel; entrepreneurs, seasonal workers, retirees, digital nomads, you don't have to fit in any box. Travel when you want, when you can. I put Grant and I in the seasonal worker category for our dive instructing. When I start teaching english online, that will tick the digital nomad box, then when we start our own dive shop (currently scouting locations), we will be true entrepreneurs. For now, we plan out trips for about six months. Sometimes we decide to stay longer, like we did our first return to Koh Tao, or we stick to six months, like in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
No matter the length of the trip or the distance of travel, I encourage you to take the leap, make the trip. It is the most wonderful feeling when we have friends tell us that they were inspired by our travels and took their own journey. What a compliment! Have you been inspired? Tell us about it!