Inspiration: #TravelGoals Part 2

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Megan Smith of Meganotravels

Often times, life’s obstacles can ignite a passion inside of us and inspire us to live life on our own terms. For Megan Smith, this was absolutely the case. After spending years working in an unfulfilling industry, Megan reached her breaking point after going through a breakup and decided to embark on a plan that would change her life.

She spent the next year saving up money and preparing herself to take off on the exotic journey she’d so desperately been yearning for. In the late summer of 2013, she embarked on a trip across the United States before heading up north to Canada and jumping across the pond to Europe. Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and India are now under her belt, and she shows no sign of slowing down.

Megan told Buzzfeed,”it’s been an incredible experience so far–teaching me so much about myself, other cultures, the world, and how I fit into it.” 

Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Working as a corporate lawyer, and being able to get joy out of it, is no easy feat, and this is something Jodi Ettenberg knows all too well. After spending over five years within the world of corporate law, the Montreal-native decided to leave her New York City digs and eat her way around the world for a year.

Starting her blog, Legal Nomads, as a way to keep her mom updated on her whereabouts, it’s turned into a popular food-travel blog, ripe with photos of exotic, delicious, and colorful meals from all over. Jodi prefers to take things “one day at a time” and is able to fund her excursions through freelance writing and social media consulting, as Legal Nomads is unmonetized, meaning she has turned down sponsored links and/or ads.

Jodie told Buzzfeed, “I am thankful for the ability to have built a business around the foods and places I love, and never quit my job to ‘be’ a travel writer. If this doesn’t work out, going back to being a lawyer isn’t the worst thing I can think of. But it’s far less fun than what I am doing now!” 

Some had a savings account to help get things started and others couldn’t afford to eat dinner the night they decided to pack up their things and live the life they had been dreaming of. But they had a two things in common: the vision to see themselves in foreign places, the drive to turn their dreams into reality.

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Inspiration: #TravelGoals

If, like me, you’ve ever been bit by wanderlust, you know it’s a condition that never truly leaves you–it’s like a itch that will always need to be scratched. The symptoms of this life-long condition?

Insatiable curiosity, swollen memories, colorful daydreams, and a tight budget.

While it may seem impossible to simply pack up and leave and pursue your dreams of living in exotic places, learning new languages, sampling foods you’ve never heard of, experiencing cultures that bring you closer to self-understanding, and more, it’s not. 

Let me guess, you don’t believe me? Lucky for you, I’ve complied a list of inspiring people who did just that: left the world they knew behind to live a life of travel, adventure, challenge, and exploration, both within themselves and across the world.

Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site

Over ten years ago, Matt Kepnes found himself in conversation with five backpackers on a bus while visiting Thailand with a friend. They discussed how outrageous it was that American’s only receive two weeks vacation (if that!) from their jobs each year, especially when there is so much world to explore.

The more Matt contemplated this, the more unjust it felt. And then a thought dawned on him: Why not me too? When he returned stateside from his Thailand trip, he quit his job, and began to plan for a yearlong journey across the globe. Setting off in July of 2006, Matt’s yearlong journey has stretched to present day, as he realized that traveling is whats made him most happy.

Taking on various jobs to fund his lifestyle, Matt has been able to travel to over seventy countries, and now works to help others realize they can achieve their travel dreams, no matter their financial circumstances.

“I remember being scared and worried when I was planning my trip. Every fear when through my head but being on the road taught me that the hardest part is getting the courage to walk out the door. The rest is a cakewalk. Everything on the road works itself out,” Matt told Buzzfeed.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this post, coming soon!