How To Travel For 3 to 6 Months (or Longer) In 4 Easy Steps

Do you ever wish you could abandon your life and run away in search of exciting and magical adventures like Amelia Earhart or Mark Twain? Well, you’re certainly not alone! With more than 75 percent of Americans reported by Gallop as being dissatisfied with life, hating their job and bored in general, I’d say you’re in good company.

The difference between the 25 percent of happy and content people and the 75 percent who are discontent and unhappy is intentionally choosing their own unique path and taking ACTION!

If you dream of spending three months overlooking sunlit wild flower fields from an Italian villa; back-packing through Europe with your family; or setting sail along the North American coastline for a year, then this post is for you!

What if dashing off for 3, 6 or even 12 months wasn’t as difficult as you thought?

I too dreamt this dream many years ago and am beyond thankful that I had the courage to dream and to take the plunge. Initially, I traveled from one side of the US to the other, as well as internationally with my sweet little doggy! And now I live, work, adventure and play while traveling with my dazzling hubby and two pups- he too dared to dream! And while your vision of increased travel and freedom might not consist of full-timing in an Airstream like we do… whatever your dream is, it’s completely worth creating and living! You only live once, right? Why save travel for the retirement years? By then you may not have the health to do it!

There are dozens of ways to create increased mobility, travel and freedom for yourself or you and your family. And surprisingly, it’s just not that difficult, nor as expensive as you might think. Especially if you’re truly motivated and willing to live your best life! Life by intentional design is fabulous beyond explanation!

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity!” Amelia Earhart

The first and seemingly most difficult step is to believe anything is possible. I can assure you the steps that follow aren’t nearly as difficult as daring to dream! Let’s look at 4 key steps to adding more travel to your life.

1) GET A DREAM

This step is the amazingly fun part! You (and your family and friends if you wish) can brain-storm, research, buy travel books, and discover far away places you didn’t even know existed! There’s unimaginable beauty on this planet, and you’ll relish every moment of experiencing it (as will your spouse / children).

“If you can dream it, you can do it!” Walt Disney

Note: Don’t let being single, or single with children stop you! I know plenty of traveling, single men and women and single moms who have found great adventure (and courage they didn’t know they had) … and even love out on the road!

2) PLAN YOUR ESCAPE

Once you’ve dared to dream, it's merely a matter of logistics. This is where the rubber meets the road and decisions need to be made. Here are the most common questions I receive:

* How long to travel during your first adventure? * When to leave? * Where to go? * How to get there? * To work or not to work? * Take a sabbatical or temporary leave of absence? * Sell the home? * Sell the cars? * Take pets or share them with family while you travel! * Sell the contents of the home or pay for storage? * Home school or travel only during summer months? * School children in Spain or other desired travel destination? * Start a remote business? * Become a remote employee? * If you have a specialized career niche, you can get work status in other countries.

“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop.” Confucius

The number one obstacle dream travelers struggle with is “work”. But usually, the real questions is, “How will we pay for life while traveling?” It's a valid question. Here's a sample of ideas that clients, friends and I have come up with (there are dozens more to be found).