One of the gladdest moments in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off…the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Civilization, we feel once more happy.
–Richard Francis Burton (a British explorer who learned 29 languages)
I saw the sign on a hill overlooking Ha Long Bay.
On a short trip through Vietnam, I hoped to squeeze out the most from my vacation time.
As there is no punctuation in the Stop Work sign, I freely interpreted it to say…
Work routines consume too much of our precious time, attention, and life energy.
This blog is about taking a true break from work – whether for a month, a year, or a lifetime.
Putting aside all thoughts of default living. Being present to fully enjoy the journey before you.
On the Vietnam trip, I kept wondering how to travel more – and prioritize this joyful activity in my life.
Though I didn’t know how it would all play out, I felt the truth in my bones.
It was time for me to stop work and truly see the world.
It took me a few months to figure it out and prepare myself; I then embarked on a 6 month full-on travel adventure.
Sixteen Countries Later…
As the sun sets over the Arabian Sea, I sip a papaya smoothie from a rooftop restaurant and enjoy the warm tropical evening. I am 3 months into an amazing round-the-world journey as I write this post. I am very grateful that I finally gave myself permission to “stop work” and travel the world!
So far I have savored treks on two continents, rolled through many surprises and adventures, connected with hundreds of wonderful people, seen amazing sights, and eaten strange but delicious food everywhere.
I have marveled at Aurora Borealis dancing above my head at the 68th parallel, the turns and dips on the steepest railway in the world, intricate salt sculptures 130 meters underground in a 600 year-old mine, hang gliders soaring off a glacier, a WW2 bomb shelter complete with composting toilets, an intact 40 year-old rosary made of bread crumbs by a Soviet gulag prisoner, beautiful old towns of cobblestone streets in small-but-mighty countries you may not have heard of, rolling over sand dunes in an endless desert, so much more.
You are invited to hear all about my adventures and learn along with me.
I share how I worked through challenges and fears. How I created a support system, figured out my optimal travel style, how I left my great job and lovely home, and prepared myself for long term travel. I talk about how I roll with day-to-day ups, downs, and opportunities, and what I love the best.
Mostly I hope to inspire you to fulfill your own travel dreams.
Are You Next?
If you feel moved by my message, you might be next.
Consider a true break.
Don’t wait endlessly. The perfect time never comes.
Pick a date by which you will start out.
Commit to that date – and see how life responds.
Do the preparation that supports your trip and sustains you.
Take matters into your own hands – it’s your one precious life.
Welcome to StopWorkTravel!