This book was recommended by Tim Ferris a week or so ago so I immediately got it. Tim’s book The Four Hour Work week was a huge inspiration for me to get my life to the point its at now. His concepts on not killing yourself working at a desk till your 62 and hoarding all your money for a fantasy life that may never arrive really hit home for me.
I’ve never been a hoarder with my money, quite the opposite. Up until recently I’ve pretty much always done what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I never gave much thought other than the instant gratification of whatever I was desiring at that time. I’m gradually getting a little more selective on what I spend my money on but at the same time I never want to fall into the trap of:
“spending the best part of ones life earning money to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it”
There is a balance to be found and I will figure it out.
Granted my life is a little different from most in the sense that I don’t have a mortgage, college loans, or plan on having kids so I’ve always used that as a justification for my spending habits. At the same time even if I did have those things listed above I think I would still find a way to always do what I wanted to do.
You only get one shot at life and for me that means relentlessly pursuing anything that interests me and in turn helping others to do the same.
It’s a broken record at this point but you can really do whatever you want to do in life once you do 3 things.
1- Be honest with yourself and admit what you really want.
2- Figure out what you need to do to make it happen.
3- Start taking the necessary steps no matter how small.
I’ve gone through this process so many times myself in so many different areas that I truly believe that you can do whatever you want if you want it bad enough. Thats the key though – how bad do you want it? I’ve done it with making a certain amount of money, fitness, nutrition, my marriage, studying a particular topic, overcoming a fear – The list goes on.
I got a little off topic there but this book is all about treating travel as a part of life and not simply an escape from your reality. Traveling and seeing new places is one of my favorite things to do and it’s just part of my life now. I don’t get elated when I go away or depressed when I have to return because I know I’m going to do it again soon. I am not confined to the world of 5 weeks vacation a year because I have created the life I want for myself. I am EXTREMELY grateful that I am in the position where I can travel frequently both for business and pleasure and I will never take it for granted.
I got to where I am by following the 3 steps above and you can do the same.
Vagabonding has relit my desire to venture outside of the US a little more on my travels so I’m looking to do some of that next year. The past 3 years I’ve been going all over the US and still don’t even feel like I’ve put a dent in all the places and things I want to see.
Anyone thinking about an extended trip away from home I highly recommend this book. It’s filled with helpful tips and strategies on how to maximize your time in certain countries, traveling on a budget, and lots of do’s and dont’s. If you don’t have time to read then the audio book is great for when you are sitting in traffic, going to the store, or walking your dog.
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