The Escape Plan: Take Your TimePosted on Sep 24, 2012 | 12 comments
It's something special to think about traveling for life. It's a wild, freeing feeling.
Can you imagine waking up and being able to go and do whatever you want?
Of course you can. It's easy. It's what so many of us dream of. But you've got to be careful. Dreams like those of endless travel don't come cheap. You've got to plan. You've got to work. You've got to be flexible. And you definitely have to be patient.
Patience is the key to successfully escaping the grind and hitting the road. Rome couldn't be built in a day, and your travel lifestyle can't be either. No matter how much you want it now, you've got to find a way to give yourself time to put the pieces of your magic puzzle together.
We all have obstacles to overcome and loose ends to tie up before we make the big move. There's a tendency to rush the dream. To say, Just GO, and figure it all out later. Well, it's great to leap. But it's also great to peak over the edge of the cliff and take a look at what you're leaping into. It doesn't hurt to plan, or study, or save, or sell, or wait. It's smart to proofread your work. It's a good idea to let that wine age a bit longer. And it's wise to make sure you and yours are ready for the big day. There's nothing wrong with preparing. The world isn't going anywhere.
For all of those who have succeeded there are 10 people who haven't. There are people who didn't think ahead. There are people who rushed the dream. And there are those who just didn't want to work for the rewards this lifestyle offers. To achieve successful outcomes, we have to work for them. They don't just materialize. Dreams don't just come true - they are earned. And earning our dreams takes time.
Stick to your goals. Don't quit on your dream. Work daily. And don't feel bad about taking your time. You'll be ready when you're ready.
Our 1-year plan turned into a 3-year plan - and we're really glad it did. Our dream is playing out much better because of it.
Inevitably, if you do manage to stay the course and earn those travel dreams, someone will come along and recite to you the following:
You travel for a living? Wow! You're so lucky. I mean, why not? I guess if you have the means to live that kind of life, then you might as well do it. Good for you!
And to this you will certainly reply:
I know, right! I can't get over my luck. One night I had a few beers and went to bed thinking about cruising the Mediterranean with my wife and kids. When I woke up the next morning, we were on the beach in Cyprus! Can you believe that? It's so easy! You should do it!
And then your guest will come back with a smirk:
Oh you, you're just being silly. It had to be harder than that?
And you will say with all sincerity:
Well . . . it wasn't all that easy (smile). Actually, it was the hardest thing I have done in my life. Yeah, I guess I got a little lucky. But the truth is I worked everyday for years to get this point. I was careful. I studied. I sacrificed. I was patient. And now here I am.
And then your new friend will buy you a beer.
This is Tip #1 of 30 of the Escape Plan. The Escape Plan is a series of posts designed to help motivate and prepare those of you who are looking to break free from your daily routine and make big things happen.
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