Quit Your Job to Travel

The topic of traveling long-term and the way many online travel personalities glamorize the perpetual travel lifestyle has been on my mind quite a bit lately. As you know, we are huge advocates for finding a balance between a healthy home life and wanderlust.

Let me start off by saying I’m not judging anyone who chooses to quit their job to travel. Our goal here is to present a different side of the coin from our personal experience. With so many articles advising others to quit their job to travel full-time, we think it’s important to note that it’s not the only option.

Just because you have a job or a home base doesn’t mean you can’t live a life filled with amazing travel experiences. We have yet to publicly announce this, but we just bought a house in coastal San Diego and as someone who has been fighting against the traditional American dream for the past 10 years of my life, this was a HUGE life-changing decision for me.

However, after traveling nearly 6 months per year for the past 5 years, I’ve grown to love my routine at home. I’ve surprisingly found a massive amount of joy in remodeling and DIY plans for our little beach cottage — in between trips to places like Canada and the Philippines.

Having a home base and a career you love doesn’t mean you have to give up travel. We’ve managed to travel to over 40 countries in the past 5 years — all while paying astronomical prices to live in a beach town we adore, Scott working a traditional full-time job, and both of us running this busy online business. My point is, it’s entirely possible to find a balance. You really can have the best of both worlds.

YOU WANT TO HAVE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS

Because we decided against selling all of our possessions to travel, we’ve been able to keep close ties with our dear group of friends — and for this, I am eternally grateful. I’ve heard far too many perpetual travelers express regret over losing friendships after bouncing around for long periods of time. At some point, almost everyone realizes the value of long-term relationships and most even eventually find comfort in daily routine.

TRAVEL WON’T FIX YOUR PROBLEMS

In my experience, if you are using travel to avoid a big emotional issue (been there, done that!), then it’s probably not going to fix anything in your life. Deal with your problem first, with a clear head, and then hop on a plane to an exotic location — ready to take on whatever adventures life throws at you.

SOCIAL MEDIA IS ONLY A HIGHLIGHT REEL

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. I mean, drink it if you want to — I’m not here to tell anybody how to live their life — BUT… remember that people only show their best moments on social media. I’m not saying all long-term travelers are unhappy; just take it with a grain of salt if someone’s life on social media seems perfect.

YOU DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS

In many cases, the brutal truth is that many long-term travelers wouldn’t be able to afford a lifestyle of jet setting all over the world if they didn’t have a comfortable place to crash in between trips. Long-term travel is exhausting. Even taking 1-2 trips per month like we do is taxing and it’s nice to have the luxury of coming home when you get tired. And you WILL get tired.

I moved away from home at 17 and I can’t imagine relying on my parents to provide a place for me to live when I’m in my 20’s and 30’s — especially if I’m just choosing to spend all of my money on travel versus going through a tough time for other reasons. I would much rather find a balance of supporting myself AND traveling than crashing with my parents until I’m 40.

Now, if you’ve gotten to the bottom of this article and you still want to travel full-time, then more power to you! Just because this lifestyle is not right for us, that doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for someone else. As a full-time travel blogger, I’ve written quite a few resources on how to make a living while traveling, which may help if you are looking for a way to make a living while you are on the road.

Prove Alberta is Heaven on Earth

Comparing the cost of an Uber, Lyft, or local taxi doesn’t require multiple apps or standing in the cold for 5 minutes. RideGuru – available in over 70 countries – is the comparison site for all rideshare and taxi services, and even allows you to request your ride straight from the website. Forget jumping from app to app looking for the quickest and cheapest ride – a quick check on RideGuru’s website will save you time and money in seconds.

“Many times travelers can save even more money on taxi and rideshare rides with student or senior discounts. If you are unsure of the promotions in your area try asking one of the “Gurus” in the RideGuru forum.

CARPOOL

In major cities, many taxi services like UberPOOL offer ridesharing or carpooling services; take advantage of these! By sharing a ride with other passengers, you can save around 20-40% on your ride fare. Chatting with locals or other travelers is just a bonus!

UTILIZE BUSES AND TRAINS

Large cities in the U.S. are consistently rated among the worst public transportation systems in the world, so it should be no surprise that most Americans have no idea how to navigate public transit. Nevertheless, don’t let this intimidate you from using buses or trains in other countries!

Western European countries are known for exceptionally efficient and organized public transportation – a great cost-effective alternative to traditional taxis or flying from country to country. Eurail passes are widely popular among tourists visiting multiple bordering European countries, although there are multiple reputable railway systems running through each continent.

Budget tip: Travel at night and sleep on the bus or train to save money on hotel accommodations and have more time to experience your destination city, rather than wasting precious daylight hours traveling from location to location.

BIKE

Contrary to popular belief, Amsterdam and Copenhagen are not the only cities where cycling is a popular mode of transportation. Save yourself some money, get around like the locals, and rent a bike! Not only is this much cheaper than other alternatives, but getting to experience your surroundings on two wheels is probably the most personal way to see a new city. Here are some of the top bike-friendly tourism cities around the world:

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Seville, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Paris, France
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Montreal, Canada

Top Haunted Hotels In US

unduhan-73With Halloween approaching it’s hard to not believe in the paranormal, so we went out in search of the most legendary haunted hotels in the state of California. Whether you believe ghost tales are fact or fiction, these hotels with eerie backstories are sure to test your wits!

HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL, LOS ANGELES

The classic Hollywood Roosevelt is reported to be haunted by celebrities who had previously lived there, specifically Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. During the 1950’s Marilyn temporarily resided in Suite 1200, which led up to the peak of her modeling  career. Although her room is not said to be a hotspot of activity, Marilyn’s reflection has been seen numerous times in a mirror hanging in the hotel’s lobby – a mirror taken from Suite 1200.

Montgomery Clift, another actor and celebrity icon of the 50’s, is said to haunt his old room 928 and rehearse lines out loud.

In addition to the celebrity “sightings,” many other inexplicable ghost occurrences are known to happen regularly. Perhaps the most famous legend is of a small girl named Caroline, who supposedly drowned  in the hotel’s pool with her brother after their father left to run an errand. She makes phone calls from the lobby’s main phone, and haunts the Blossom Ballroom. Attempts at contacting these spirits with ouija boards made for very frightening experiences, so do not mess with these ghosts!

NAPA RIVER INN, NAPA

Tucked away in the heart of wine country is Napa River Inn, home to ghosts of owners past. The first reports of ghosts date back to the early 1900’s; although the first ghost was said to be recognized as Captain Albert Hatt Jr., the son of original owner, there seems to be an ever-present woman in white who is the “resident ghost” and seems to be more prominent throughout the inn.

Unusually cold rooms are reported during warm weather, elevators go up and down without being prompted, doors open and close, and one guest has even reported having a personal encounter with the ghost of Robert Keig, the second owner of the once working mill. Rooms 207 and 208, which happen to be the two rooms directly above the spot Capt. Albert Hatt died, are reported to be the most haunted. The presence of these ghosts is hard to deny – even the inn’s staff fully acknowledge them!

MADRONA MANOR, HEALDSBURG

Peaceful ghosts walk the halls of this gorgeous Sonoma County manor, including a woman – Hannah Paxton – who was the wife of the original builder and owner John Paxton. She has been witnessed by a paranormal expert who explored the house, as well as numerous guests. Room 101 seems to have the most mysterious history of guests’ personal items disappearing, only to turn up in unusual places. Most of these strange occurrences happen in Room 101 or the dining room.

GLEN TAVERN INN, SANTA PAULA

Former brothel and gambling house, the Glen Tavern Inn has had a bit of a wild history. A little girl — possibly multiple children — have been heard running up and down the halls, laughing, on the second floor. In room 307, a ghost named Calvin is accompanied by a prostitute of the Prohibition era who was found decapitated in the room’s closet by a maid. The stories of cold spots, shadows, and strange voices have proven to be valid enough to be investigated by the Travel Channel and multiple paranormal specialists, so if you’re looking for a real scare this hotel will give you an unforgettable experience!

UNION HOTEL, BENICIA

Man and woman apparitions are often seen here the Union Hotel, and legend is the young woman supposedly hung herself in one of the rooms. She has been reported to cry or talk to herself, and will sometimes stare out the windows of empty hotel rooms looking down on the street below.

Every year in the month of October, paranormal experts lead a “Ghost Walk” around Benicia and tour the town’s most haunted locations; the Union Hotel is, of course, the main attraction.

ZABELLA HOUSE, HALF MOON BAY

The Zabella House is known to be the oldest standing house in Half Moon Bay, and Room 6 is said to be haunted. Alarms sound, keys jingle, and windows rattle at any hour of the night. Although ghosts are denied by the owner and staff, there was – up until recently – a guest book for guests to log their “ghost” experiences.

Share Your Travels with ShutterBee

For all you adventurers out there, jumping from place to place, logging your travels and exploring new areas virtually – by way of social media or travel blogs, etc. – can become an obsession. This is why we were so excited to discover the new up-and-coming travel app ShutterBee, which has created the perfect atmosphere to plan, map, and share your travels with friends and fellow travelers across the globe!

The chat forum for ShutterBee users sparks discussion for Q&A and advice between travelers and local residents all over the world. Users can share their personal experiences of past trips and countries visited, give sightseeing recommendations, and even offer tips for avoiding tourist traps. The location-specific discussion boards allow you to actually engage in conversation with a community of people who have traveled to (or live!) in a country you want to explore creates a bond over a common interest and can easily make you new friends abroad!

The chat forum is perfect for those of you who shy away from meeting new people on trips, or are intimidated by solo travel. By reaching out and talking to others, you can find great travel partners and cut out the stress of navigating a new place alone.

Not only can you post and collect your photos, but you also get to explore others’! ShutterBee has a profile layout and feed similar to Instagram, but is specifically designed for travelers and travel photos. Plus, the added feature of the Bucket List organizes a list of cities you’d like to visit and allows you to explore popular locations and landmarks within them. Real travelers post real – often unedited – photos, giving you a true sense of what any particular place is really like.

Because the app appeals to a community of like-minded people, photo sharing is much more personal than aimlessly scanning millions of strangers’ photos on social media sites. Keep tabs on friendly faces and discover new Bucket List destinations!

National Parks in United States

If you’re daring enough to attempt the unforgettable Half Dome hike, come prepared for a full day of sweat and tears! This 20 mile hike will likely take you 12-14 hours roundtrip and requires a permit, but the rewarding scenic views from the peak are unsurpassed.

The numerous hikes and mini-hikes to countless waterfalls make this a great park for families, as so many of the trails are stroller accessible and easy enough for children to tag along. The towering giant sequoias (thousands of years old, literally!) and fields of wildflowers in the off-seasons make for the perfect backdrop for your vacation photos.

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

The Channel Islands – comprised of 5 separate islands – are located in the outlying waters west of Ventura and Santa Barbara and are the perfect day trip for anyone visiting the West Coast. Plan on doing a lot of walking once you reach the islands, because there are no other forms of transportation available!

Once you’ve chosen what island you’d like to explore, ferry from Ventura or Santa Barbara and spend the day hiking, kayaking, diving, or snorkeling the many sea caves and kelp forests. Camping is available on some islands but requires a permit, so plan in advance or spend your evenings in one (or many) of California’s gorgeous coastal towns.

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Arches National Park’s main attraction is – you guessed it! – it’s famous arches. Utah is known for its red rock formations, canyons, and deserts, and you’ll find the best of all of it right here. Hiking trails are plentiful, and rock climbing is even allowed for the adventurous. Stunning arches like Delicate Arch, Double Arch, and Skyline Arch are also perfect photo opportunities.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone is one of America’s most popular national parks, with nearly 3.5 million visitors a year. Old Faithful and the rainbow-colored hot springs are just a couple of Yellowstone’s unique features, but be sure not to miss the lesser-known Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; the view of the canyon and Yellowstone Falls is unbeatable. If you have yet to see the Rockies, this is a trip to take at least once in your lifetime.