There are a lot of travel websites on the internet. It seems that anyone who has ever hit the road has also started a travel website. But most trips only last a year before people head back to the infamous “real world.” And when they do, they stop blogging. Yet some of us don’t ever want to go back, and so we keep going, finding creative ways to pay the bills and pursuing our dreams. We give up regular nine to five jobs and find a way to make travel work for us. Our goal is to travel the world and have a flexible work schedule to let us do that. So if you’re feeling down and need a travel or inspirational pick-me-up, the following nomads can help you and show that any lifestyle is possible and there for the taking:
Christine gave up her well paying job at a Fortune 500 company to follow her dreams. Since then, she has traveled extensively in Europe, lived in Spain and Guatemala, traveled South America, and soon has plans to make her way to Asia and India. She’s currently pursuing her dreams of being a writer and has vowed never to return to the cubicle. Her digital nomad lifestyle is inspiration for many people who want to follow in her footsteps.
Gary has been on the road for over two years and has visited over 40 countries, 90 world heritage sites, and taken more than 10,000 photos. Over that two years, his website has grown with the number of stamps in his passport and he has now over 6,000 RSS subscribers and 78,000 twitter followers. Gary’s site is easily one of the most recognized travel blogs on the web. Though Gary is on the tale end of this trip, he has already started discussing his next one.
Indie Travel Podcast
Craig and Linda have been moving around the world since 2007. They were English teachers in two countries, Europe as well as Australia, and are now back roaming the lands of their Native New Zealand. They use their English and writing skills to finance their extensive travels and then share that travel knowledge on the award winning Indie Travel Podcast to inspire others to pursue the world on a budget.
Audrey and Dan have been traveling for over 900 days now and show no signs of stopping. In 2006, they left comfortable jobs in Prague to explore the world and never looked back. To them, seeing the world change is more important than reading about it on the news. They are currently roaming Central America, photographing and writing all that they see. They use their extensive writing and photography skills to help pay the bills because, as far as I know, they have no desire to return to an office.
Benny the Language Hacker
Benny decided that knowing one language wasn’t enough, so he went off to learn seven more. After realizing that still wasn’t enough, he moved to Prague to learn Czech. I believe his current goal is to learn 12 languages. He has lived in 10 countries in the last 6 years as he as pursued his dream of becoming a human universal translator and uses his language skills to pay the bills. He plans to tackle Asia next where he plans to learn Thai and Chinese.
The Professional Hobo
In 2006, Nora Dunn decided to take the plunge. She sold her financial planning practice in Toronto, Canada and got rid of all of her belongings in order to free herself for the adventure of a lifetime. Since then, she has been traveling, both in her own country and abroad. She uses her writing skills to help pay the bills, but has also produced content for World Nomads where she got a free trip around Australia. She’s still currently in Australia planning her next adventure with her boyfriend.
Brooke vs the World
Brooke is another twenty something world traveler. In 2006, she decided to take on the world, and in 2007, she left the states to explore what life outside the US had to offer. She fought the world through Central Asia to learn Russian, taught in the Ukraine, explored ruins in Central America, and visited historic Europe. She is currently in Sydney, Australia teaching and blogging. But like all nomads, she’s always planning her next big trip.
The Longest Way Home
Dave has been traveling for over four years as he searches for a place to call “home.” He’s roamed Asia, Africa, and Europe in pursuit of his goal. He’s currently in the Philippines to see if that is a good place to call home. Sadly, I couldn’t find a photo of Dave but I am sure we can all imagine him off having fun somewhere.