The adventure and exhilaration of packing up to travel long-term


When it comes to travel, it is fair to say that we all want to experience the world in our own way. Earth is such a wild, open space with so much rich history that it is near impossible not to wander upon something magical when travelling. For those of us who want to see as much as possible (and ideally, if not a little unrealistically, everything), we are drawn to travel without exhibiting or harbouring a trace of wanting to stop (why would we, after all, when there is so much to see?). There is a wild side to travelling that calls to the adventurer in us all, and when we explore the wide, open expanses of the world, we are emboldened by the beauty and glory of it all. However, there is a downside to this lust for adventurous travel. We all must maintain some essence of an income to travel (unless born ridiculously wealthy, in which case travel is as easy as one, two, three…), that is the way of the world. As the saying goes, ‘nothing worth having comes easily’.

Even so, the lust to travel does not ever seem to stop for most of us (if not all of us, to a degree). We have all been there. Whether it is going to take a break from studying and finding yourself going through your social media newsfeed, wistfully looking at other peoples’ travels, or hustling to save enough to have a weekend trip away from the chaos of work life, or any other manner of fleeting thoughts or burning emotions, we all wish we could travel more. Human beings were quite literally designed to be wanderers, and despite our evolution (natural and self-imposed), the call to wander never seems to stop altogether. And, now, long-term travel is a notion that is being picked up more and more. While the journey of long-term travel is not without its challenges, it is rewarding beyond all measure, and it offers up adventure and real-world experience that is unparalleled.

Thanks to the introduction and subsequent ongoing rise of the internet, it is easier than ever to look up a location and see reviews, pondering if the location is safe or not. While exercising common sense and a general field of caution is always warranted and recommended, technologies like the internet and all the sites and apps it offers, have made long-term travel – and travel in general – easier and safer than ever (for the most part). Long-term travel was once a pipe dream, an ideal that was thought to be near impossible for most. But now, people are taking on remote careers, selling everything they own, or working along the way at all the destinations they stop in to, to fund their international travels. This is a whole new world for travel and travellers alike, and it is nothing short of inspiring and thrilling.

From the sweeping landscapes, to the beautiful unique details of each country and region around the world, and everything in between, long-term travel allows you to immerse yourself wholeheartedly into the depths of travel, and all it has to offer. Of course, long-term travel is rarely (if ever) glamorous. Sometimes, it means hitchhiking to the next town, or sleeping in a shared room in a crowded Airbnb. But even these less-glamorous ideals of travel are adventures in themselves, and often end up being the best stories there are to tell and remember later. People want to experience everything the world has to offer, and that means taking on the good with the bad and making the best of less-than-ideal situations. There is something profoundly magical about wandering the planet and having no responsibilities elsewhere to hold you back entirely, or restrain you in any way.

The world is a wondrous, expansive place. We all want to experience everything the big, wide world has to offer. Lucky to call Earth home (and all too aware of it, especially in recent times), we live in a time where the internet has made us all too aware of what we are missing while sitting at home. So, we are taking to the skies, roads, and oceans to see it for ourselves. Despite modern life being expensive by nature, more and more people are taking the leap and travelling long-term. Whether this means selling everything they own to embark on the round-the-world trip of a lifetime, exploring the wide, open spaces of one’s home country, or using their skills to embark on a remote career to travel and work simultaneously (or any other manner of long-term travel circumstances, for that matter), the point remains the same. More people are driven to the adventure the world offers, and they are changing their lives to experience it all for themselves. 

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