As I walked through the gates of my job for the final time, I looked up towards the sky and let the warmth of the sun hit my face. A flood of emotions washed over me as I recalled the events that had led me to this moment. The sadness I felt as I was surrounded by loved ones as we said our last goodbyes to my aunt who had lost her battle to cancer. The smell of smoke as I walked through what remained of a home that had been in my wife’s family for generations, now sifting through the ash for any memories that could be preserved. The heart break I felt as I looked into my dog’s, Bella, sad eyes, her eyelids becoming heavy and then finally closing for the last time.
All of these memories and emotions flooded my mind as I got into my car and drove home. My eyes teared up but then the weirdest thing happened; I started to smile. I remembered the moment when Laurie and I finally decided to stop letting life just happen to us; we wanted to go out and live it. The excitement and nervousness I felt when we decided to leave our jobs, sell our house and most of our belongings and travel the world. And now it was all becoming real. We would be grabbing our backpacks and setting off to see the world for 6 months.
My name is Edgar. In 2016, my wife, Laurie and I, decided to take a 6 month break from our jobs to travel the world. Even though we had what was considered the “American Dream” we had grown dissatisfied with our lives and after some unfortunate events we decided to make a change.
We had always loved to travel but like many Americans we didn’t venture much outside of the United States; mainly because of cost and our limited paid time off. I had always wanted to see the ruins in Rome, walk along the Great Wall of China and see other places I had learned about in history class. So when we decided to go on this great adventure together we made sure to see as many places on each other’s bucket lists as we could. We did a pretty good job as we made our way through Europe, Asia and the Americas.
When we returned in 2017, it felt as though someone had pumped the brakes on my life. I was different. I saw the world differently. Traveling the world for six months had changed me. But everything and everyone back home remained the same. I struggled to return to a Monday-Friday routine, to be put back in a box. That adventurous spirit in me was still burning bright and I wanted to escape.
I knew something had to change. I couldn’t live my life feeling this way. There had to be a way I could quench my thirst for the road and at the same time keep my life back home intact.
I started to prioritize travel in my life. I budgeted myself and would only spend money on necessities, saving the rest for my trips. I used my weekends to take road trips to nearby cities. I used my paid time off in conjunction with holidays to get the most out of my leave. I signed up for websites that search flight deals all over the globe. I studied travel hacking to get the most out of my travel points.
This is when I created my blog, Weekend2Wander. I’ve seen those videos on Facebook and YouTube of the couples who quit their jobs and sell all of their belongings to travel the world. Hell, that’s what inspired my six month trip. In reality, most people can not just up and quit their jobs. They have families to care for, responsibilities and obligations to attend. Others (myself not included) do not like to leave home for an extended period of time but still want to travel. I’m here to show you it’s possible. Weekend2Wander will be a source of inspiration and knowledge for the weekend wanderer.
Life isn’t meant to be spent at work to pay bills and then die. Life is meant to be lived, to be experienced. It’s a journey, not a destination. Be adventurous.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” – Helen Keller
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