When people often ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I’m a Travel Blogger, I often get the usual, “You’re so lucky!” or “WOW! What a cool job! I wish I had your job” as a response. But what they don’t realize is the sacrifice I make to live this amazing life of seeing the world. Luck has nothing to do with it.
I’ve never been one to believe in “luck”, luck is a word used to describe random success. One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta is “I, like God, do not play with dice and do not believe in coincidence”. I believe that hard work, combined with devotion, a vision, being a good person and sacrifice, can often times make you “blessed”. So yes, I am very blessed and fortunate to live the life that I do, but I also give up a lot of things that most people don’t consider.
Choosing A Life Of Travel, Doesn’t Make You “Lucky”
The truth is, in this game of life we all have the free will to create our own destiny and become whatever we want to become. Some of the biggest millionaires came from very poor homes, like Oprah, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. They didn’t become millionaires and successful by “luck”, they became successful because of the things I just listed.
I am not rich, although many people seem to think so. For the past 9 years, I haven’t asked for my parent’s help financially, not even once. I’ve always been very goal oriented. When I set a goal, there is nothing in the world that can stop me from making it happen and I don’t care what people think. I’ve worked very hard for everything I ever had and chose to spend my money in my passion, traveling.
Traveling the world as a job or a lifestyle is indeed a luxury, people often times don’t get to experience. My good friend Lee Abbamonte, who is the youngest American to visit EVERY country in the world, often says that in order to travel the world you gotta have 2 things, time and money. Most people that have the money, normally don’t have the time to travel because they are busy making money. Others have the time, but not the money.
I love my life and I love traveling. But believe me when I say that I work very hard for this lifestyle and I give up a lot of things for it. This doesn’t make me lucky, it makes me a person who believes in a dream, works hard, sacrifice things for it and makes it happen.
The Sacrifices — Giving Up A Life Of Comfort
When considering a life on the road, most people need to realize that you’re also giving up a life of comfort. Of course luxury hotels, room service and seeing the world has its perks, but it doesn’t give you “normal” day to day comfort. Most people I know, couldn’t live this kind of a lifestyle because of their fear of leaving their comfort zone. I don’t mind playing with my comfort zone because I know how much more I gain by risking it.
I love traveling, I really CAN’T live without it. I have been traveling my whole life and at this point, if I stopped traveling, I think I’d go crazy. But there are a lot of things that I have to sacrifice to live this kind of a lifestyle.
First and foremost, a house is a basic essential that every person needs. But what if you’re more out of the country, than in the country that you actually live in? Where is home then? If I look back at the last few years of my life, I can easily tell you that I spend more time out of the country or city that I live in throughout the year, than I actually do living in it. I average more than 6 months of traveling every year, which makes it very hard to have a home.
Then I think of money, why would I pay rent for something I burly use? Sure, a good response would be comfort, but I could use that money on more travels. One month’s rent in Los Angeles, can be the price of an international flight and hotel, every month.
This year, I have plans to travel to different countries almost every month until 2016.
People often times say, home is where the heart is, but what if you left your heart in so many amazing cities? The more of the world you see, the harder it gets to pick just ONE place to live. Every time I visit a new city that I love, the thought of moving there definitely crosses my mind, along with what I would do for money, what kind of a house would I live in and what would my lifestyle be like.
So for these reasons, I don’t think having my own place is the smartest thing to do at this time. At the same time, I have to give up on a LOT of my freedom, comfort and independence. Which may not be a big deal to some, but I have lived on my own since I graduated high school, freedom and independence are very important to me.
SHOPPING- I love fashion, what girl doesn’t. But when I picked this lifestyle, I also knew I would have to give up on my shopping addiction, in order to make more traveling possible.
NIGHTLIFE- Not that I’m big on going out and partying, but if I once was, I’m far from that nowadays. Going out can get pretty expensive and I’d rather save that money on traveling or attractions. At night time is when I usually do most of my blog work. On the random occasion that there is something going on, I most of the time have to pass on it, because I have to finish working on the blog.
TRANSPORTATION- When you can’t pick a place to live or again traveling more throughout the year than actually living in a city, having your own car just doesn’t make much sense. So I usually rent a car when I’m “home”. Which isn’t the cheapest thing and is always such a headache, when I come back from a trip.
SLEEP- What is sleep? I can’t remember the last time I had a normal sleeping schedule. When you travel as much as I do, sleeping doesn’t come so easy. When you’re traveling to a city, sometimes you can’t quite get on the time zone schedule of the place you’re visiting. Even more so when you’re traveling to a few different countries on one trip. You’re always jet-lagged, even when you come home and get inspired at random hours of the night. When I am at home in Los Angeles, I normally go to sleep at 5am, sometimes even 6am-7am, it’s when most of my writing takes place (like tonight).
PET- Traveling the world, means I have to give up on my time spent with my puppy, Peanut, which never gets easier with time. Leaving him behind and traveling the world makes me feel like a bad mom. There are times that I miss him so much and would love to just call him up and ask how is doing, but I clearly can’t do that.
EVENTS- When living a life on the road, you miss out on a lot of things that you often wish you couldn’t but sometimes have no choice. I miss a lot of weddings, bar mitzvas, birthdays and other fun events that most people get to attend. I wish I could be everywhere at once, but sometimes I just can’t and people get upset all the time.
FRIENDS- On one hand I make friends all over the world and on the other hand, I also lose touch with a lot of people because I’m never in one place all the time. Things happen, people change, the people you once shared so many things in common with, you don’t anymore. It’s also hard to remember which friends live where, as odd as that may seem. I’m obviously not the only one moving around, many of my friends move to different countries all the time and it’s hard to keep up with all of that.
RELATIONSHIPS- While most of my friends are getting engaged, married or having babies, I travel the world. Having a long distance relationship with such a hectic schedule just doesn’t work. I don’t find it suitable in the lifestyle that I have to also maintain a relationship.
So there you have it…the reality of a life on the road.
Yes, traveling the world is amazing, but sometimes all I want is just a freakin closet with ALL of my things in it!
I never take anything for granted. The small things in life to most people, are the big things I get excited over. This lifestyle has humbled me in many ways. I cherish every moment I get to spend with my family, close friends, at my favorite restaurants and the luxury of having my own bed. I can’t predict the future, but what I can say is, I’m not stopping any time soon and I wouldn’t change my life with anyone else’s. 😉