The flight attendant life is fairly transient. Between working and commuting, this month I’ll take an average of six flights each week for a total of twenty-seven flights in March! Maintaining that average, I could possibly take over three hundred flights in 2015! (And I’m considered a “low time flier” by most flight attendant standards!)
When friends and family hear about my flight attendant schedule, some shake their heads and say I’m crazy. They can’t imagine maintaining such an “unstable” lifestyle. In all truthfulness, it really isn’t as frantic as it may seem at first glance. In fact, I feel like my life is pretty grounded! Although I travel A LOT and spend much of my time bouncing around in airplanes, I always return to one of my homes - either my permanent residence with my husband in the Midwest or my sister-in-law's apartment in my base city (Washington D.C.). Now, try to imagine a life where you didn’t have any home!
I recently stumbled upon some truly adventurous people who take their passion for travel to an entirely different level! Let me introduce you to some individuals who live a life that is filled with constant travel. These are full-time travelers who have chosen to break free of traditional norms and live a nomadic life where their only agenda is to see the world and experience its riches! How do they do it? How do they have the funds to travel endlessly? Surprisingly, they’ve all accomplished their travel goals in different ways! I am amazed at their courage and I know you’ll find their stories fascinating!
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Paris, Costa Rica, Barbados, Spain, Fiji – these are just some of the places Australian couple Nicole and Michael have visited since starting their journey. A few years ago, they took the plunge to quit their jobs, sell nearly all their possessions, and set off on the adventure of a lifetime! Last December they celebrated over 1,000 days of being on the road. Used with permission from SuitcaseStories.com.
What surprises me most about Nicole and Michael’s story is that they haven’t been spending their nights in run-down youth hostels. In fact, most of the time they’re staying in beautiful fully-furnished houses! Their secret? They’ve had over thirty house-sitting jobs!
When house-sitting, this couple is responsible for taking care of the property while the homeowners are away. This involves fairly simple tasks such as keeping the walkways cleared of snow during winter (in some countries!) and taking care of the homeowner’s pets. The best part is, they’re paid to sleep at the person’s home and given ample time to explore the city where they are staying! Michael and Nicole have written an ebook – House Sitting | A Travelers Guide – to share their secrets. Ebook sales, travel blogging, and their house sitting jobs have allowed the couple to keep traveling and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon!
Follow them on Twitter @Suitcases2
Think back to your family’s camping trip you took as a kid. Maybe you rented an RV camper – one of those giant rolling mobile homes? Now imagine a life where that RV is your home! Until recently, this was the life for Americans Sara, Matt, and their daughters who traveled across the United States for four whole years while living in their RV.
A look inside the Janssens' mobile home! Photo used with permission.
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Sara and Matt felt inspired to live a simpler, greener life and to teach their kids to cherish the most important things in life – God and family. One day they sold the majority of their belongings, left a few boxes of keepsakes at a family member’s home, and took off into the sunset in their mobile home which they nicknamed “The Rig”. While roaming North America, they marveled at the beauty of nature (visiting sights such as the Redwoods in California and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado) and met diverse and interesting people. To fund their journey, both parents took up odd jobs along the way. Matt offered his services as a handyman to fix and remodel other RVs while Sara worked as a freelance photographer and graphic designer.
With the arrival of a third daughter and two dogs, the couple finally decided to buy a “real” home in Colorado, but they didn’t stay for long! Sara’s posted in her blog last September that they are renting out their house and taking off for another 9 months of traveling in their new RV! Talk about living the life of adventure!
Follow them on Twitter @happyjanssensman and @nestinggypsy
Jonny working as a steward on a car ferry!
Jonny Blair in Kharanaq Iran! Used with permission from DontStopLiving.net.
This Northern Irishman tops the charts when it comes to traveling the longest! Twelve years ago Jonny Blair left his home in Northern Ireland and he has been traveling ever since! This true nomad has seen a vast portion of the world and experienced many things. To fund his travels, Jonny has taken on all sorts of odd jobs including teaching English to Kindergarteners in Hong Kong, working as a bartender in Australia, and milking cows in Colombia to name a few! Currently though, Jonny earns most of his travel money as a travel writer and successful online blogger.
Jonny admits that during this twelve years he has stopped on occasion to stay for longer periods of time in cities such as London, Hong Kong, Bournemouth, Parramatta and Poatina. Nevertheless, he estimates that he’s “traveled properly” for about seven of the twelve years! In his fascinating blog, you’ll read Jonny’s amazing tales of backpacking in Azerbaijan, climbing mountains in Borneo, skinny dipping in Antarctica, and discovering new, tasty beers in Andorra, New Zealand, and well…nearly every place he’s visited! ;) Jonny in South Korea!
I am truly amazed by all these individuals who have found ways to live a life of endless travel! After reading their stories, I know I've felt tempted to trade out monthly home mortgage payments and rooms full of possessions for a nomadic lifestyle that would feed my wanderlust! At the same time, I know I'd cave pretty quickly to homesickness! For now, I'll stay put in my "white picket fence" home and live vicariously through these astounding adventurers! What about you? Do you think you'll try to follow in their footsteps?