Life on the Go: A Complete Guide to a Traveling Lifestyle

You’re done with your 9-5 and want to live the new American dream. This means freedom to wander the world, experience life from a new point of view, and be the adventurer you always wanted to be.

There are many different ways you can achieve this, so don’t give up on your dream! 

Are you tired of sticking to one location? Check out this complete guide on how to begin a traveling lifestyle so you can live free and discover new places.

Are you tired of staying in one place? Check out this complete guide on how to begin a traveling lifestyle so you can live free and discover new places.

The Vision

This thought experiment has no limits because life is short and there’s no reason to short-change yourself. Make a list of travel gear. Stretch your imagination to the limits, and take notes on dream locations, types of weather, sights, sensory experiences, and interesting adventures.

Take the list and circle your top 5 must-do items, and keep a strong focus on those goals.

The Vehicle

Find a vehicle, such as a van, camper, or RV (visit Take note of the price, the shape it’s in, and if it’s modded out the way you’d like for your needs on the road. Get the best deal you can. If you’ve saved enough funds, buy it and consider it your ticket to freedom.

The Budget

Now, if you’ve got enough money left in the bank to feed yourself and pay for enough gas to reach a choice destination, go for it! Consider starting with one trip or maybe 6 months. Then, if you want to keep driving and exploring, all you have to do is set up odd jobs along the way via phone and the internet.

The Mindset

After this initial trip, if you know in your heart that the wandering lifestyle is for you, remember there will be some hard times along the way. But, they’ll be a lot different from the hard times you’ve experienced in the rat race.

Here’s some food for thought before you travel the world long-term:

  • Will you trust the kindness of strangers?
  • Will you trust yourself to handle surprises that are part of the traveling lifestyle?
  • Are you willing to work odd jobs to preserve your life on the road?
  • Will you travel alone or with family/friends?
  • Will you and that partner be able to tolerate each other in close quarters?
  • Would you be excited to dive right in and take a chance on the nomad lifestyle with all the mysteries that lie ahead?

Take your time pondering these traveling guide questions. They will help you think about any preconceived notions you have (or had) about yourself, such as your fears and needs that might have been false all along. After all, how much have you been influenced by culture to have these innate ideas in the first place?

The Traveling Lifestyle Is Calling You

The fact that you’re looking into this at all is a sure sign that your soul is yearning for the traveling lifestyle. You have a beautiful new philosophy on what your human experience could and should be.

You’ve learned that fulfillment might not exist in a cubical (surprise, surprise). And, if you do hit the road, remember to have confidence in yourself and always trust your gut feelings.

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Author: SHABL

Rob has been traveling the world and living abroad for over a decade. The goal was to stop having a boring life and it turned into something far greater. He's worked with national tourism boards and been mentioned in National Geographic. These days he lives abroad and loves business, technology, the tropical lifestyle, good food and travel.

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