How many times have you sat in your cubicle, staring at your computer, hacking away at a spreadsheet, and thought,
“I should just drop all of this and see the world. “
Don’t fret. You’re not alone in dreaming. I’ve thought about it twice today already.
But did you know there are people out there who did do it? Who changed their lives in order travel the globe?
Better yet, some of them can even teach you how to do it.
Here’s a list of our favorite blogs by people who did escape the rat race and can show you how to do the same.
When most people say they want to see it all, they really mean they want to see their personal list of coolest places. They probably don’t mean they plan to visit exciting locales like Tonga.
Chris Guillebeau, on the other hand, really means it when he says he wants to see it all. In 2007, he set a goal to visit every country in the world by April 7, 2013. He’s now been to 192 of the 193 countries listed by the United Nations, with only Norway left to go. That is impressive.
Fortunately for us, Chris is nice enough to share his secrets of how he’s been able to accomplish such a feat. He’s one of the foremost experts in travel hacking, aka racking up obscene amounts of flyer miles, hotel points and the like. He’s also an expert in entrepreneurship and knows how to build businesses that give the freedom required for such travel.
Just as important, though, he writes about what it takes to reject oppressing norms and expectations of society and create an unconventional life.
Learn more bout Chris and everything AONC has to offer here.
In 2007, Gary Arndt sold his house and took off to do some traveling. He figured he’d be gone for a year or two. Now, nearly six years later, he’s still going.
On his site, Gary shares his amazing experiences and offers tons of travel advice. He writes travel tips, reviews of gear, summaries of his trips and commentary on locations.
If you want to drop it all and travel, Everything Everywhere is a great place for motivation, as this is exactly what he did. Literally, his stuff is still in storage after all this time.
Learn more about Gary here.
Jodi Ettenberg had a big time job as a lawyer in New York City. But she longed to travel and after working for five years and saving enough money, she decided to make it happen. So, in 2008, she quit her job and took off to travel the world. She expected to return after a year or so, but, lo and behold, she’s still on the road.
She’s turned her experience into a career through writing, photography and the blog. On Legal Nomads, Jodi documents her travels, with a focus on exploring places slowly and the food she tries around the world.
Tim Ferriss literally wrote the book on replacing your job and traveling the world. Notice I didn’t say “quitting” your job, but “replacing.” In his famous bestselling book, The Four Hour Workweek, Tim brought the idea of “lifestyle design,” where you create freedom to live the life you want to live, to the mainstream. In his example, he drastically scaled down the hours he worked on his company and traveled the world while maintaining income.
His blog covers a range of topics from dieting to entrepreneurship, and has tons of resources on world travel and starting location-independent businesses. If you want to create a job that lets you travel while still making money, check out his case studies or see his posts on traveling.
Speaking of Tim Ferriss, Maneesh Sethi is one of his all star students. Inspired by the Four Hour Workweek, he started building businesses that allowed to him to make money while traveling the world. Since 2008, he’s been circling the globe while building location-independent businesses. On his blog, he aims to help others achieve their dream lifestyle.
Maneesh is an expert in travel hacking and offers tons of advice on how to travel anywhere for free or very cheaply. He also offers a lot of resources on self improvement, lifestyle design and entrepreneurship.
Learn more about Maneesh here.
Earl calls himself a “Permanent Nomad.” Why? He’s been traveling the world on a “post-graduation trip” for over twelve years.
He shares his experiences and advice from life on the road at Wandering Earl. His goal, as he puts it, is “to show you that long- term travel is not a crazy fantasy, but a very real lifestyle option instead.”
Learn more about Earl here.
Feeling motivated to leave it all behind and see the world? How could you not?
These people made their dreams a reality. Will you?