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Why I Encourage Travel
Beginning this road trip was such an easy thing to do once I set my mind on it. From the very beginning I could already tell that there was something incredibly liberating about hitting the road, getting out of your comfort zone, and setting off into the abyss of the unknown.
Looking back now I can put the puzzle pieces together on how much my life has changed and the particular instances that drove that change. Long-term travel has become much more than simply a fun time, and though it will probably be difficult for people to understand even after I've explained it, the reality is that long-term travel has given me something of which I can anticipate and look forward to besides just another day of work; perhaps not for everyone, but for many of you I believe there could be the same attraction.
It was one of my Lyft passengers in Dallas, TX that told me of two people/websites that have had a tremendous influence upon my way of thinking and inevitable, my future. He told me of Nomadic Matt and Tim Ferriss. I made a note of them and continued on with my day as if nothing had happened.
Later, when I was Reno, NV I received an invitation on the Couchsurfing community website to a book tour from none other than Nomadic Matt himself - he would be signing copies of his new book: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day right there in Reno! Obviously I went, met him, and even snapped a quick ugly Polaroid:
While at the book signing I met some people that told me of another book entitled: Vagabonding - An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts. As I found out while reading it, Tim Ferris highly regards this book, had an excerpt in it, and on his own travels brought it and just one other book along with him: Walden, by Henry David Thoreau (1854).
Since there was an excerpt by Tim Ferris, I then began reading his book: The Four Hour Work Week. The story and the connections continue on and on, but my point being is that traveling has enabled me to break into worlds of understanding, learning, and discovery that has literally and positively changed my life in many ways due to the people I've met and the connections I've made over the course of the trip.
Not only this, but travel has become my greatest hobby and as I said earlier it has provided a means to an end; a reason to work and earn money; something to look forward to - a light at the end of the tunnel which gives me meaning in my life and happiness knowing that there is something in the works and a world waiting to be discovered.
I certainly do not encourage Living with Lyft for everyone; it hasn't been an easy trip by any means, however, if you are someone like me who is 26 and spent the last 8 of them trying to figure out what to do with his or her life... I'd say you have nothing to lose but a whole lot to gain.