Some would argue that we have everything we need in our own backyard and, for those some, that may be true. If you have had the great honor of meeting your mate, having a child, and/or retiring in a home you love with a community you are involved in, you very well may have won the game of life and may not feel the need to search further. You have cultivated your own utopia and are completely content with your surroundings. If that is you, I give you my sincerest congratulations. I, on the other hand, am not quite there. My seeds are still being sowed. 🙂
Last week I tweeted about my gypsy soul and my homebody nature always being at odds with one another. From the responses, it seems I am not alone. This is a constant battle I fight within myself. While I appreciate all that I have, my ideas for utopia and my reality are not quite matched up. Some of that is work-related, a fair portion is timing, and some other shit I have brought on myself. I love the idea of “home” and being completely settled…I can even picture what it looks like in my head! But a life of contentment takes a certain amount of polishing. It takes time to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. It takes time to build that tribe around you. And it takes freedom to fully explore the ideal life outside of the glimpse you get before or after work.
All that being said, I can’t pretend that once I find “home” I won’t still be tempted to travel. Because travel does more for me and my insight than any book in the world can. I’m one of those weirdos who need to actually touch and feel something to have it make an impact.
While I don’t often write about my travels, they are always being planned or occurring behind the scenes. For someone who writes about money, that may seem counterproductive. And I get it. Continue reading “Why I Travel Despite It Delaying FI”