" LIVING on the TRAVEL ROAD LIFE"
- By: Nick Smyka
... This is the travel update site for NICK SMYKA - aka: Nick123.com
LIVING the TRAVEL LIFE
- ----- I enjoy this road I'm on - I'm very happy that I did get out of the typical situation most people live through, and that I was on for many years previously - - - Staying mostly in the same one or two cities as a home base for the entirety of life - running around in circles repeating days and weeks over and over for decades and decades while dreams from youth or ideas for the dream life never really get off the ground.
- INSTEAD OF MORTGAGES, UTILITY BILLS, SLAVERY TO JOBS OR BUSINESS OWNERSHIP, DECADES LIVING THE SAME DAYS OVER AND OVER IN THE SAME GEOGRAPHIC PLACE, YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR .... COULD IT BE MORE FUN TO JUST TRAVEL FOR YEARS ON END?
- - - Can living a life of endless travel, actually be less expensive than the typical "AMERICAN DREAM" life of multi-decade bank slavery debt payments??
- Is it possible to "retire" early -or "get out" -or "go off the system", "quit the rat race" -- and live a life of vacation and freedom to pursue hobbies, interests, and enjoy projects to work on to fund this travel??
Exploring the World, Exploring the Options
My basic solution was to go after the MINIMALIST ideas about reducing un-needed possessions, tasks, etc. And trying to get out of the consumerism brainwashing that has become standard in the modern world. I enjoy travelling light, and living light, and not focusing too much about "keeping up" or defining myself by my business success, or bank account, or personal success, or image. It's very relaxing. Also, getting rid of all debt helps too, ---and this is an extremely hard idea to bring into reality - - - but the reality of living with no debt, very low bills, and no demands on a person's time and life, and the freedom to go to any part of the country or world that they want are the key rewards of the minimalism travel life I have been searching after - - and have begun to find in my life day to day.
It's very peaceful on the non-consumerism travel road. It's an adventure. I'm not rich, I'm not even well off. Some people might actually call my situation poor. - - -But I have my freedom. And I'm going to see the whole world - That's my dream, and that's what I'm doing.
It's fun to check out of the system, -- and get on the travel road lifestyle.
Short Term "Vacation" v.s. Longer Term "Living Vacation" (IE: Moving there full time, for a season or a year)
The greatest freedom I enjoy on the minimalistic non-consumerism travel road life is the ability to turn the Short Term "Vacations" I used to take for 1-2 weeks into the Longer Term "Living Vacations" (IE: Moving there full time, for awhile, 6-12 months+) that I now enjoy everyday and every year!!
This idea, added to the Minimalism is really the key to my life on the travel road. - Most people take vacations, its part of the American Dream. Vacations are the best times in life, period. But they end real quick if you have to get back to some demanding place like a job, or mortgage, or bills, or appointments . . .etc etc. That's why I like to pick a fun place, and go there, with no plans to leave. Find a place to live. Find out about income. Find out what it is like to live there. And then start getting ready for the next jump.
My preference is about 6 months or so. That's enough time to settle in, learn about a place, and really feel like you live there. Right around 6 months I start to feel the noose getting tight, and its time to get going. That's just me. But I like the concept of going on vacation and STAYING THERE!!! - This really is the best part about this travel road, in my opinion.
I'm travelling the world one city to the next country to the next continent for 6 month periods or so to live, work on projects and income and explore each area for more of a living travel experience to see the WHOLE WORLD!!
Buying and selling items for a business income is a good way to earn a living that people might want to explore to get on the travel road. ESTATE SALES and FURNITURE SALES, etc are great income sources. Also, working on projects, in hostels, hotels, offices, restaurants, bars, sales, estate sales, deliveries, copy writing, painting, handyman services, maintenance services, etc etc etc.
I grew up in Northern Michigan, earned a college degree with Business Management degree, was married around 10 years, moved to Tampa, FL and ran my Real Estate office 15 years, did a divorce, "retired" quote un quote from my real estate career, and then disengaged from my belongings and chasing dollars to define my happiness and identity as a "successful" person quote un quote ... Now I have a travel van, and I have been doing 6 month stints in hospitality, estate sales, and hotel work for 5 years travelling to various cities and enjoying a minimalistic lifestyle. ... It's my DREAM LIFE!!
I will post travel updates as time goes on. Cheers.