Quitting your job. Selling all of your worldly possessions. Buying a backpack sizable to fit everything you carry with you and nothing more.
And finally, formally applying to have more blank visa pages applied to your passport.
All of the aforementioned actions would be a variation of the process you would need to undertake if you were to leave the trappings of the Western world to go explore the rest of the world.
Can it be that simple?
Traveling the world is one of those wildly ambitious on paper, but not really feasible in reality, dreams that most people say they aspire to accomplish in life.
At one point in our lives we all wanted to be race car drivers, astronauts and lawyers too.
Travelling the world, going from one country to another for the foreseeable future, is a much more different prospect that just going on an across-the-globe adventure trip and then coming back home again.
Could you leave it all behind? Walk, ride and fly the Earth until you find what you are looking for?
What would you do for work? Unless you have a fortune stored away to use for such a purpose, you would have to have a vocation that would allow you telecommute. Do you speak more than one language? How do you react when you are abruptly jarred from your comfort zone?
Unless you are rich or a celebrity, then you will be treated like a foreigner wherever you go. This could be a good or bad thing depending on where you go and how you personally adapt to situations.
Could you really survive without the conveniences of Western living?
The adventure and thrill of leaving it all behind to wander the world can create just as much problems as excitement.
One man who is living the dream is revealing his unique insight to help other travelers who follow his lead.
A professional 26-year-old global vagabond named Will Hatton, a British man, has been traveling the world since 2008.
He bought a one-way ticket to India and has been traveling the world ever since then.
To get all the way to Iran from Europe he mainly hitchhiked to get there. He then traversed Pakistan to make his way to India.
Hatton is now doubling-back through Pakistan to make his way through to Southeast Asia. He plans to build his own sailboat so that he can sail the almost innumerable islands of the Philippines and Indonesia. His final destination will be Papua, New Guinea.
After Hatton reaches Papua, New Guinea, he will think over his next journey.
Hatton calls himself the, “Broke Backpacker,” since he eschews air travel as much as he can, a personal preference he travels. He maintains a website chronicling his global journeys.
Hatton also uses his website to inspire people to consider traveling the world as well – just as long as they are realistic about it.
Hatton notes that most people don’t even realize that they have intense and personal comfort zone standards until they leave them.
It might be better to take ever more progressive longer trips before deciding out of the blue to live life abroad for the foreseeable future.
Hatton travels light and often lives rough, which is how he wants to live.
But he cautions that it is very easy to burn-out on global traveling, especially if you are used to Western living, the cubicle-riding work life or 24-hour fast food convenience.
Every few months Hatton takes a break, finds good Wi-Fi, eats well and exercises. Otherwise he would seriously burn out.
Still, Hatton wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world. And while he encourages other people to consider traveling the world for themselves, he cautions that it is not for everyone.
If you plan to quit your job and pick up sticks, develop a living and day-to-day operational plan.
Obtain and maintain a job where you can telecommute and be paid electronically. Like freelance writing, blogging or photography.
Be in good physical shape as you will move from place to place often.
It helps to have a positive attitude on life and to be optimistic. Research where you are going and learn a language or two, or at least learn some non-English phrases pertaining to where you travel.
Hatton believes that you shouldn’t quit your job to travel the world, but that you should quit your job and travel the world to be, “location independent,” in his words.
Remember, traveling around the world and then coming back home is not the same as traveling the world and experiencing it for as long as possible. To do such requires an optimistic, realistic and pragmatic mindset.
So remember that the next time you spin a globe and pick a spot to begin your around-the-world travels.
You can either live to travel or travel to live, but perhaps not both.
A. A. Francis