A dream of traveling to exotic places in search of what the world has to offer can be all the inspiration you need to quit your job and travel. It certainly was for Rebecca and I back in the summer of 2012. Full of optimism and without much planning for the future we left our little apartment behind and flew to Indonesia to start a backpacking trip. Over the next eight months we saw wonders of the world, camped on deserted beaches and made friends we remain in touch with today. Eventually though, we spent all our money and had to fly home. It felt like waking up from a dream when reality set in and we had to go back to the jobs we were so happy to leave behind.
Rebecca went back to work in the multi-billion dollar investment industry. There, the intense focus on material wealth seemed to contrast completely with her real passion for teaching yoga and it’s corresponding principles. I worked as a machinist for a company that was changing from transportation to arms manufacturing and supplying Canada’s tar sands. Both the investment and manufacturing fields are booming business and offer security for someone looking to advance their career. However, we envisioned where that life would take us – working long hours to slowly move up the ladder, getting a 30-year mortgage, staying in one place and being controlled by a corporation or the market’s whims – and decided it was too much of a risk to our future happiness. We dreamed of something sustainable and more in line with our personal values of contributing something positive to the world, respecting the environment and always learning and teaching.
Traveling had changed us. We knew we wanted to do more, lots more. Also creating our own business became an exciting idea. Over the next two years we changed our spending habits and developed a vision for our ideal life. We read dozens of books and hundreds of blogs. We shared too many bottles of wine and talked about all kinds of crazy ideas. From past experience we knew that many unique opportunities arise when traveling that aren’t obvious when you’re stuck in a cubicle. We have a game plan in mind and will be searching out other entrepreneurial opportunities as we travel. By slowing down, drawing on the experience of people we meet, being open to new opportunities and always working towards a vision of what we want for the future, we plan to create a lifestyle that is both rewarding to us and offers something of value to the wider world.
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