Things that Scare Me about a Traveling Lifestyle

This is my face right now...
This is my face right now…

 

Last summer I was working at an information booth in a mall in order to make money for my trip to France. One day, when I had to work by myself in the back room with absolutely nothing to do, I started reading travel blogs. It was on this fateful day that I stumbled upon Wandering Earl’s Blog and my plans in life changed forever. This was the first time that I read about someone who has made traveling a lifestyle. You mean this guy has been traveling non-stop for 14 years and is making money from it? I couldn’t believe it!

And then this idea started brewing in my head that maybe I could figure out a way to do this too, that I could actually live out my dreams of traveling for a living. The idea has just gotten stronger and stronger and stronger, and the more time passes,the more I imagine myself as a permanent nomad.

But as amazing as I imagine this life will be (actually, I guess I have been living it for the past year) there are things about a living a traveling lifestyle that really scare me, and that make me wonder if I actually want to do it.

Things such as:

1. Having to always make new friends:

It’s not always easy to find a niche in a foreign land, and I am a social being. I need to have a support network and people to go out with! I’m afraid that I’m going to end up in a place where I make no friends and end up finally embracing the hermit within.

2. Messing up my career:

What if I travel for a couple of years and then I realize it isn’t financially viable and have to enter the workforce but have absolutely no relevant experience and then I end up in a dead-end job I hate? Yeah, I’m freaking out just thinking about it. Maybe it’d be better to focus on my career instead of traveling? But what if traveling can be my career? Agh, so confusing!

3. Being shallow:

When I tell people that traveling is my passion I feel a little guilty, like I betrayed my passion for social justice. I’ve always dreamed of working to somehow improve certain societal/global conditions that drive me mad, but can I do this if I’m constantly traveling? I’m afraid that I’m going for a dream that will benefit mostly me, but then I think that I can find a balance and do them both…am I being unrealistic?

4. Being selfish:

I’ve been focusing so much on my own dreams I think maybe I’ve neglected the needs of the people I love. If I focus all my money on making traveling as a lifestyle viable, how am I supposed to help my mom financially? Can I find a way to juggle living my dreams, paying loans, helping my mom out, and saving for the future?

5. What if I miss my chance?

What if in the middle of all this debating I miss my chance of creating the life I want and end up in a life I’ve always wanted to avoid?

 

Right now I am not sure at all about what to do! I just know that I feel like traveling is essential, that it is a way to learn about everything that interests me, and to challenge myself to grow, to change, to mess up. I know that traveling has to be part of my life. I’m just trying to figure out how to make it all work!

 


Have you ever felt anxiety about your travel dreams? How do you juggle travel with everything else? Wanna give me advice so I stop freaking out?….halp!

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15 thoughts on “Things that Scare Me about a Traveling Lifestyle

    1. Hey, thanks so much for reblogging my post, it means a lot! It makes me feel better to know that other people feel like this and ughh I hate that money is such a huge hinderance! If only loans didn’t exist!

  1. I can totally relate to all of this, especially the career thing. My best advice is try to find a happy medium. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. It sounds like you have a serious passion for making the world a better place. Have you ever looked into living in another country and maybe working for an NGO? That’s something I’m just starting to look into now that I’m living in Jakarta. And I’m sure it’s easier said than done. But maybe there is a way to combine our wanderlust with a meaningful career! The bottom line is we have to make money. So I think it’s crucial to always continue to build your skills and network. I wish I would have worked harder at this while traveling all these years. Better late than never!

    1. Yeah that’s kind of what I had always planned, I got a job in an BGO in Malaysia that I had to turn down because of family stuff, but I feel like it’s really not that easy! I’ve been trying to find something here in Colombia but boy, is the job market tough! My sister told me to consider a career in international development but there’s so many things I hate about development, aghh! haha

      I think that you’re right though, there’s probably a happy medium where I can do both things, we just need to find a way to make it work!

      How’s life in Indonesia going?!?

  2. You’re so right!! It’s totally what we ‘young professionals’ have to deal with all the time! Carreer=money=travel? Travel=happiness but does going at it with continuous worries of low funding still=happiness? The thing with us wanderlusters is that we want to travel ALL the time..not just the two weeks a year you get to take your leave. It’s indeed very confusing!! Great post!

    1. SO.spot.on! Yes, exactly! Two weeks of vacation? Am I just being a spoiled princess who wants more from life? It’s really hard to juggle all of it, especially knowing what the best professional step is, and also figuring out how to help my family out, pay my loans, save for the future, and save for travel at the same time!

      All this support is giving me all of the feels!

  3. Something about this post really hit home with me, maybe it’s the selfish or shallow part. I think those of us who blog about travel usually hold this secret (sometime not-so-secret) desire to take up travel full-time and never look back, but then real life always seems to get in the way. There are loans and jobs and families we have to think about because these are tangible things that influence our choices. Still, at the end of the day who wouldn’t like to say “f*ck it” and buy a one-way plane ticket? The struggle is real.

    Also, have you ever read furtherbound.com or thewanderlustproject.com? They are current inspirations of mine because they made it happen after careful thought and planning.

    1. The struggle is SO real! I think for me the biggest thing is helping my mom out financially. I kind of feel guilty about spending money on travel that I could send her…but I think there needs to be a balance within that dynamic. My problem is how to reach that balance!

      I haven’t heardof hem but I’ll definitely check them out, thanks!! 🙂

  4. I guess if you really wanna do it, you will adapt to it and find your way out. Of course it won’t come naturally nor the anxiety will be any less, but I guess, with time, the satisfaction that you’re doing what you want should calm you down. Though I think I couldn’t help you much, I wish you all the very best for chasing your dream 🙂

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