Over the course of 9 months in 2017, my partner and I sold all of our possessions, including 2 vehicles, and a house full of stuff. In order to sell the house for its maximum value, we also completed 3 months of renovations that had been lingering for over 3 years. We wrapped up 2 businesses and left a town and tight knit community that we both cherished. We did all of this in order to seek out a life of freedom, away from the hustle and bustle of the 9-5 life, but most importantly, we did it so that we could travel. This is our story…….
As we sit in Costa Rica, after 8 months of arriving here, I can’t help but feel like pieces are finally falling into place. It’s not like all of a sudden everything has become easy, and that we have it all figured out. No, it’s more of a feeling. A feeling that big things are starting to happen. A feeling that we are both stepping into our shoes.
This past 8 months has allowed us the freedom to explore our deepest desires. It has allowed us the time to really consider what it is we want to do, and where it is we are headed. Day by day, bit by bit, the petals unfurl to our souls, moment by moment we are finding out who we really are. Who we are without the crush of society telling us who we should be.
Since leaving Nicaragua, 21 days ago, we have rested, we have recuperated, and we have done a lot of thinking about where we are going and what is next. And the only thing that has been really clear, is that we really don’t know. We have discussions about going to Mexico, or maybe Columbia. But when that will happen, is something that has not yet presented itself to us. For some strange reason, we are content here in Samara. We are back in the safe arms of Costa Rica, and we are happy with our place in this life right now.
Living in a hostel is not something that I ever would have considered in this life. But I have to say, I am really enjoying it. We have our own room, our own bathroom, a kitchen to cook in, and a social scene that is just perfect. The average age of people that stay at our hostel is about 35 years old. This isn’t your typical party hostel scene, and I’m realizing that at the ripe ol’ age of 41, most hostels aren’t really like that anymore. I mean sure, if you go to well known party places like Whistler, Thailand, or Australia, and I’m sure even in parts of Costa Rica, sure there are party hostels. But here, it’s different. It’s nice. We have a constantly changing rotation of roomates, and we like it that way. We are meeting other travellers and are learning about where they come from, and what their cultures and traditions are like.
We have made lasting friendships with some of them, with promises to visit their countries one day. We have exchanged travelling stories, and we have become immensely inspired. Having this time to really dictate what we do with our days, has been refreshing and rewarding. We both feel like our minds are clearer and our goals are manifesting.
My online stores have finally grown their own legs. I mean, obviously it all takes work, and I will be putting effort into those things until the day that they cease to exist, but the hard work of getting them off the ground is finished for now. I feel like now I have time to focus on my writing, and to really set out to start making a difference in the world.
You will notice that the visual format of this blog has changed to reflect something a little more professional. It no longer serves as a fun Travel-y blog type thing, now it is a platform for me to share my experiences, I call it a Travel Lifestyle Blog. I’m not interested necessarily in trying to promote travel destinations. I’m not into doing those blogs that do “Top 10 budget destinations” type writing.
No, I am more interested in inspiring people to get out into the world and to live the life that they can only dream of. And when I say “get out into the world”, I don’t necessarily mean to go travelling. I guess more of what I mean is to get out of YOUR world. To leave the feelings, the places, the normal-ness of your life to explore something different. Try those things that you have always wanted to try. Take that salsa class, do a pottery class, go to a paint and wine night. Write that blog, go to that restaurant, call that person.
Just switch things up a bit. Don’t become stagnant, don’t become normal.
Throughout this journey, and from day one of making this decision to sell all of our possessions and travel the world, I have been keeping a log of what we were going through at each stage of the game. Some of this is reflected in this blog, but much of it is also kept in journals, by voice recording and memos to myself. It all has to do with living a life that we create, stepping away from the normal day to day routines that have been set out for us by society.
I will be writing a book that will bring this message together. My hope is that it inspires others to build a life that they love. To get away from the everyday grind and to seek out a life that you love, one that inspires you, one that excites you.
Something else that is new is that I have set up a Patreon account. (Click here to see that.) Patreon is a platform that allows individuals to fundraise money for certain causes, to create a product, to launch a book, to create a constant income stream to allow them the time to be creative. I feel like we fall into all of those categories. We are constantly creating, and putting our best work out into the world, but it takes time to build. It takes time to build our own brands and to reinvent ourselves.
Patreon is a way for our fans to contribute to our journey in some small way. You can donate as little as $1 per month to help us to keep moving forward and to bring our projects to fruition.
As always, we are so grateful to our friends and family that have supported us in our journey so far. Without the community and family support that we have received, this journey and decision to live this life would have been much more difficult.
And so, here we stand. We stand in immense gratitude for this life that we have created. And we look forward to continuing to share that with the world.
Thanks for reading! Please know that above all else, I aim to inspire others to just get out and see the world. Traveling is such an enriching experience, and I can’t even comprehend how much it has shaped me as an individual. If you have ANY questions, or need travel advice of ANY kind, PLEASE don’t hesitate to email me at the address below! I will do my very best to help you in any way I can!
Xoxoxo Happy Travels!
Current Location: We are currently in Samara, Costa Rica. After having to leave Nicaragua unexpectedly due to civil unrest, we are here still figuring out where we want to go next.
Travelling Plans: We have nothing scheduled at this point other than a housesitting job in Livingston, Guatemala in late November.
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