Often, I’m described as “lucky” for my lifestyle; one of a semi-permanent traveler.
A semi-permanent traveler is a person that travels or is traveling, as to distant places, on semi-permanent basis. A semi-permanent traveler is usually without a permanent address, travels for pleasure, and travels more than eight months out of the year.
I’m continuously asked how I’m able lead such a lifestyle.
“Damn, you’re so lucky you can travel like that! Are you rich? Do you just, like, make enough money to cover your travel expenses?”
Categorizing someone as “lucky” tends to overlook the path taken to achieve their lifestyle. Similar to pro-athletes, oscar winning actors/actresses, and world famous musicians the process taken to achieve those titles are sometimes overlooked. The fact that a person is “living the dream” becomes the main focus shadowing the hard work taken to get where they. This makes it extremely easy to think the person got where they are due to luck.
Now, I’m no Burt Reynolds, and I definitely don’t have pro-athlete money, but I have chosen a path and a lifestyle much different than the average person. For this, I consider myself lucky, but in a different context than I’m usually categorized.
I can’t give you the path [insert famous athlete, because I don’t know any off the top of my head] took to become the best [enter sport] player, but I can give you a look into the path I took.
Keep in mind, these are ever-changing steps and I must continuously take them. There is no one-stop-shop in the life of the lucky. My path include the following:
- Working Effectively.
- Working Harder. Playing Harder.
A few years ago, I consciously made the decision to become a minimalist. I know, this buzzword is thrown around a lot and I’m not referring to the pseudo-minimalist that furnishes their upscale apartment with furniture that looks sleek and has more than one function. I’m talking about downsizing to a twin-sized bed, a lamp, 10 t-shirts, one pair of shorts, one pair of jeans, one pair of shoes, one pair of sandals, camping gear, and a MINI Cooper.
To take it a step further, when my last lease ran out I became actively homeless redirecting what went towards rent towards hostels, AirBnB, campsites, and family & friends with extra bedrooms.