“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” – Jack Kerouac
Thanks to Eric Fulton (@MrEricFulton) [Co founder of Poplar Travels, luxury travel enthusiast, and adrenaline addict. Sharing unique travel experiences
@poplartravels] for providing the inspiration for today’s post.
I sent a note today to blogging pals James and Terri Vance, who together write the insanely entertaining Gallivance blog through which they share their worldly travels with all and sundry who join the conversation.
My note was seeking their input in answer to today’s question. I am looking to share a variety of perspectives. Thoughts around the idea of “The Adventure Filled Life… What Does It Mean To Be “Living The Dream“?”
As I told James and Terri, I plan to contribute discoveries and experiences from my 10 years of solo travel while living abroad.
I often hear solo-travel described as the dream of many a traveler- exploring the vast unknown, unfettered and unhindered.
It turns out to be so for my 63 year old brother. John is loving his lifestyle- a dream long desired and recently achieved. I am happy that he sounds so happy whenever he calls and checks in. The dream of traveling the world freely, and alone, once thought to be only for backpacking college students, is becoming a viable dream lifestyle for many retirees and internet entrepreneurs.
Oddly enough, after traveling and living abroad for 10 years, visiting more than 20 countries, only then did I realize that it wasn’t my dream- rather, I was living someone else’s dream.
How did I miss that? How did I not know myself, or, had I just changed as I got older?
And that’s the whole point. Discovering options that fit.
The discussion I’d like to have is not so much solo-travel vs full-time couple travel, or travel at all for that matter. I want to share ideas around how we go about realizing “our dreams”: discovering what our dreams actually are, developing and setting a plan in motion, and finally learning to be be happy, whatever our dreams may be.
[Speaking of being happy…I sometimes want to ask my friends, when they complain endlessly about life, “Whose dream are you living, anyway?” If you don’t like your life, what are you doing about it?]
So, now you know the reason for the title here today. It’s about discovering what makes a “dream lifestyle” that truly fits us and what it takes to make that lifestyle a real and fulfilling lifestyle.
Here are a few blogs and a variety of lifestyle dreams, to get your started:
Curious Rambler – Margo Lestz –
An American abroad (with her husband Jeff) in Nice, France, Margo spends time also studying Italian. Who said American’s are provincial? They even let her write a book on “French Holidays & Traditions”… Oh, that was tricky! I had to watch my space bar there… I did say abroad- as one word, just checking!)
“Margo went to Florence, Italy to study art history and fell in love with that city and with Europe in general. She decided that one day she would like to live in Europe. She and her husband, Jeff, started travelling to Europe often and found that they felt very much at home there. In 2003 they had the opportunity to move to England…” and the rest is history in the making.
http://www.parttimetraveler.com/harder-face-fear-regret/ – Anne Lowery
“I spent five years in a job that I didn’t love, because I listened to what everyone else thought instead of what I knew…since then have traveled to sixteen countries and simultaneously turned my life upside down. Suddenly, I became single and searching for a new career, new city, new friends. All at once. It’s really scary, but incredibly empowering.”
“And finally, on my trip to Ostia Antica I discovered the first of the Vance family line, Reclinus Maximus. Now I know where I get it.”
“Did we check out of the work force too soon? Will we be able to stay thinking, intelligent people without a schedule given to us by some outside force? Were we ever THAT intelligent? We did retire in the midst of economic crisis, so there’s room for discussion here.”
I am devoting the next year or two or ten to retirement quests. If you have a retirement question you want someone to find out before you take the plunge into that unknown, send it. I have some of my own. Mostly, how to have no job, but plenty fun.
Just what we need. A diverse starting point for this chat.
So tell me, what does your dream life look like? Start the discussion for us- leave your comments below on your ideal retirement dream, or how you achieved it already!
Add your lifestyle/travel/retirement blog in the comment box and tell us how you made it happen or what problems you’ve had to overcome. Come on now, the world is waiting to know!