What is travelling to you? A celebratory trip to a far-off country, a year out travelling in Europe or simply a relaxing break from your day-to-day life? Whether you’re the type of person who likes something exotic and far flung or someone searching for a more local getaway, travelling is a great way to take a fresh look at life. When viewed as a lifestyle, simple travelling becomes traveliving (combination of travel and living) and it really can spice things up. After all, what better way to learn about different cultures than to experience them for yourself?
A travel lifestyle may well be associated with the self employed and those that run their own businesses, but it really is open to anyone who loves to experience the history and varied life of distant places.
Backpacking may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s a great way to start this lifestyle choice. As long as you travel in pairs or groups and take advice on the best places to stay and go, it’s a safe and enjoyable experience and one that can be repeated time and time again. Start with a holiday in Europe and progress to more distant places as you become more experienced. You might end up backpacking around India or South America once you are more confident.
Alternatively, for those that associate travel with the mystery of the deep blue sea, a boat or ship can prove the perfect way to invest in traveliving. Travel on a cargo ship or sailboat to really experience what it’s like to ride the waves and, if funds allow, hire a car when you arrive at each new destination.
While you may feel like staying in a place you particularly like, the time to leave always signals the start of a new adventure elsewhere and the continuation of your role as a traveler. No matter whether you stay three months or ten years in a country, the craving for more new experiences is likely to drive you onwards.
Although some people may opt for a part-time travel lifestyle, others see it as a full-time occupation and adopt a nomadic lifestyle. For those that choose to take the plunge and live life in travel, the key to a fun and enjoyable life is to keep things simple.
Get rid of any possession that you don’t need, cancel accounts and subscriptions that are not relevant and make a list of your favorite places. Put them in order of preference and keep an open mind for opportunities to travel that may occur that you’ve not yet considered. Make sure you do your research before you go, learn a little of the language and ensure that you understand the local customs and laws.
A life in travel may well require a little work now and again, but you’ll reap the rewards later as you begin your new journey. Passive book learning will soon enough turn to active participation and will bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘studying at the University of Life’.
While school tours may seem an insignificant part of an individual’s desire to travel, it is by far the best way to begin learning about travelling as a lifestyle. School tours make travel simple, easy and lots of fun and although they may well be a million miles away from the seasoned life of a traveler abroad, they can be the start of a career and lifestyle that involves many new and exciting places.