As I wait for a response to my first query letter, I’ve been thinking about where I want all of this to go. How do I want it to turn out? What would be the best result I could have?
I really think that you get clues all the time about what you want to be doing in your day-to-day life. Some people to seem to know from an early age what they want to do. I always think about the people who pick up an instrument and before long, have nearly mastered it. A lot of people like that come to mind. Others are gifted in sports and end up in the major leagues. They decide what they want to do and run with it. Many are successful for many years just because they were able to run with a particular talent.
But what about the rest of us? For some, finding the “right thing” can be elusive. Because we’re expected to get a job and work until social security kicks in, we don’t always have the opportunity to experience things that might help us to sort out our real interests. I think this is why many people ditch their regular jobs and head out on the road. They want to experience life and not get stuck in a cubicle somewhere. I can certainly see that. I’ve been trapped in various jobs for a lot of years. As I’ve said in earlier posts, I have many things to be thankful for, and I can’t complain (at least not too much). But I think it’s time that I find out what interests me so I can pursue it. This blog is about my journey, but it can also reflect your journey as well.
What makes you get all excited about getting out of bed each and every day? My clue for the longest time has been the feeling I get when I boot up the computer. I can’t wait to connect to the internet and work on my website. I am always anxious to make progress and see if anyone is interested in what I’m doing. Is that you, too? What do you look forward to every day?
These days, I know what I want. I want to travel and tell others about it. I also want to help others to figure out what they want to do with their lives. After a 2006 trip to Europe (Germany, France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland), it became clear that I had to find a way to live for extended periods in other countries and experience life there. I built the 10 Minute Travel website and later added this blog. After some research, I decided that I should try travel writing. I wasn’t sure how to do it, though, until I found Gordon Burgett’s Travel Writer’s Guide. All the answers to all my questions were there. I finally had a place to start.
So here I am, moving forward with my ideas (and dreams). I want to share this journey with others who want to do the same type of thing. You might decide to earn a living in another way, but I’ll bet there are a lot of people out there who want to travel but don’t have the means to do it without some source of income. Traveling can be very expensive if you don’t do it right!
So, what talents do you have that can be turned into an income? Can you write? Maybe you are a painter, or a musician? Do you have high tech skills? Web design or programming skills that allow you to work from anywhere in the world? The first step is to identify what you can do to make a living and still travel to the places that interest you. For me that is just about the best possible scenario in life. Being able to move from place-to-place is the ultimate freedom.
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what you’re doing to achieve the freedom in life that you want to have for yourself!
Note: Part 2 of this post will cover some of the things you can do to make a living while traveling. You can subscribe to the RSS feed and follow all of the blog posts and travel articles, reviews and tips as they are added to the site.
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