"How will you afford it?" That is the first question every single person asks me when I tell them that I am taking a year or so off to travel the world. I don't blame them, that is exactly what we are programmed to care about from adolescence. Every tv program, commercial and movie outlandishly emphasizes how important it is to have money, and trust me money isn't it. "You only say that because you have money!" That's the point. At a certain point money does not fulfill your soul, and in fact it begins to decrease your overall happiness, its an inverted "U" on a graph, I'll link some reading to visually explain, but I digress. The fact of the matter is, I can't afford NOT to go. You ever think about something so much you go to bed thinking about it, you dream about it, and you wake up thinking about it? Well that's exactly how I feel about traveling and sharing experiences with people. Do you know what the average backpacking cost/day is in South America? $30-40, thats about $900-1200/month. Factor in I will not have a car payment, car insurance, rent/mortgage payments (I'm renting out my house), Internet/cable t.v. costs, unnecessary shopping sprees, etc. It is cheaper for me to travel than it is for me to wake up in Las Vegas everyday.
I repeat, I'm not doing this for the money. I'm doing this for the fulfillment. For happiness, for me, for you, for everyone. The hardest part of this entire journey is getting over the mental barrier and saying "I CAN". You know the whole, "If there's a will, there's a way"? All it takes is willingness. This is an opportunity for unprecedented growth and self expression. If my willingness to forget the box and to think for myself inspires just one person, then I consider this a success. I want you to have the fire and passion for your own life that I have created in mine. Not sure where to start? Don't know what you're passionate about? Reach out to me, many of you have already and I am here to be as resourceful as possible. Let's make this world a better place full of passionate people! Join me, let's make US better.