Live Small, Travel BIG…

Happy with what they've got in Cambodia!

There are many different ways to live this life. So many choices, that we often don’t even realize we are making.

Much of the way we travel through life, an expression of things we were taught by the experience we were born into, for better or worse.

Living “within your means”, to me, has always meant spending less then I earn. Early in my adult life, I realized that, above all, I did not want to become a slave to my possessions. Debt makes me nervous. This may not be the recipe for accumulating enormous wealth, but it lets me sleep at night. Isn’t it interesting that living “small”, or frugally, seems to be frowned upon in our culture? Or is it just human nature to want to accumulate?

As a kid, this would have been my dream house, I loved building forts and sleeping in them!

Society, media, government, all tell us that it is our responsibility to consume, acquire, buy more, and bigger. It is easy to rationalize charging it all on credit cards when we really believe we NEED all of these things. I somehow missed that part of the ‘how to be a patriotic American’ indoctrination. I am just not a big consumer. I did try it for a brief stint, but found it left me cranky. Buying is intoxicating, but the high wears off quickly, and I was left pissed off at myself for wasting money that could have been allocated to my next plane ticket.

My “Live small, Travel BIG” motto has not always been easy, I have at times questioned myself.  Do I lack drive, ambition?  Am I just lazy? Am I missing the boat by not taking advantage of “leverage”? (that oft-heard, cocktail party buzz word of the 90’s) For the last few decades, I watched people pass me by in the race to have a bigger house, newer cars, and more toys, and I wondered, why don’t I want all of that?

No garage to fill up with stuff!

Well, I am still not sure what made me a saver, not a spender, but I am damn glad I missed the “credit” boat! (That doesn’t mean I am completely immune, we have a mortgage, and I somehow managed to clutter our little condo with way more “stuff” than we need)

We have to discover our own path to happiness, and I do not presume to have the answers for the rest of you, all I know is that living a simple life that allows me to pack up and GO, is what fulfills me. Maybe, contrary to what has been drilled into us, it is an option for you too? I guess we just continue to strive for balance in our lives.

Recently, I have been feeling an even stronger urge to purge, load the backpacks, and wander the world for a few years. Watch for more to come on those plans! 😉



4 thoughts on “Live Small, Travel BIG…”

  1. I feel trapped if I am not in a position in life to just GO. I don’t like to collect lots of stuff, I don’t like the idea of having a car payment or a house payment. I don’t want to feel stuck in my life, unable to be spontaneous with my decisions.
    I established the travel bug back in college when I decided to study abroad in Florence, Italy. I have never been the same since. I was able to visit 7 countries in 4 months. I have been dying to leave the country ever since I returned to the states.
    Recently I have been looking into missions trips with my church. They offered two week trips to many different countries, but I was craving something more. I have been aching to go out of the country for a long term adventure.
    So I decided to apply for a YWAM program in Thailand, a 6 month program. And I was accepted! I leave in January. I took this as my ticket out of here…I can escape and once again feel the freedom I did while studying abroad.
    I moved out of my apartment and I am staying with my folks for a couple months to save up money. Not an ideal situation, but totally worth it! So I officially have nothing holding me back…just the way I like it 🙂 As my departure date comes closer and closer, I get more and more excited for the adventures I will have and the memories I will make.
    I know this trip will only inspire me to travel more, and therefore the travel bug will continue…hopefully for the rest of my life 🙂

    1. That is why Passport to Adventure exists – to inspire more young people to make the same choices you are making! Your plans inspire ME, and I hope I can continue to inspire more like you! Keep sharing your adventures with us Rachel! Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing! Helen Keller

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