It has been 4 years since I asked Nathan to join me on a round-the-world trip, and so much has changed since we left with our massive backpacks and butterflies in our stomachs.
Although we really weren’t ready, we loved every bit of our first trip and didn’t want it to end, so already 2 months in we were planning to start a business that would allow us to travel while making money.
We had an idea of starting a juice business from a van and drive around Europe, but didn’t have enough money to even begin. While the juice van business never happened, we had planted a seed to find a way of being able to travel full-time. And you know what happens when you really want something? Your dreams come true.
The Illusion of a Dream
Fast forward 2 years, and we had a blog that allowed us to make that dream a reality.
When we started traveling funded only by our blog back in 2010, I wanted to pull the middle finger to everyone who had ridiculed me, laughed at my face and told me it couldn’t be done.
Anything can be done, if you want it bad enough.
However, dreams aren’t always what they seem …
Running a business is possible when you travel full-time, but you never get that extra space to expand your business. We found ourselves always “catching up” on things and only had time for the most necessary, which will never take you any further than where you are, and certainly not get us any closer to becoming millionaires. Traveling the world has been the most amazing thing we have ever done and we are so grateful for all our experiences, but we’re exhausted from the way we have been doing it – we just can’t handle it anymore.
It is time for us to take a deep breath and slow down …
Nobody Does It
When attending TBU in Porto earlier this year, we were surprised to find just how few bloggers actually do travel full-time. Everyone kept asking us where our ‘base’ was, and I found myself starting to ask people the same thing. We had always thought that travel bloggers always traveled, but out of all of those we met, 95% of them had a base they went home to and lived between their trips, either with their parents or in a home of their own … making us feel like we were the odd ones out!
A New Way Of Life In Norway
We just signed a 6 month contract for an apartment in Norway, the longest commitment in years, which feels very uncertain.
It’s funny how when you have been traveling for a while, everything you used to think was uncertain – like traveling, is the most natural thing in the world for us. Meanwhile, things like having a place to live, or staying somewhere for longer than a month, feels so uncertain.
There is a luxury of being able to live every day as it comes, to go wherever you want – to live a life without commitment.
That freedom is addictive, and makes you fear anything too strict – just like we weren’t ready for our 1st round the world trip, we’re not sure if we’re ready to settle down and only travel every few months instead.
But then again, are you ever ready for anything new in life?