In the about section I give a general synopsis of who I am and why this blog exists. If you haven’t already read that… go back and start there!… If you have, that means you want to learn more about my indefinite world travels! Here it is…
On April 4th 2018 I left the USA with a one way ticket to Bangkok in hand and everything I owned on my back! Since that day I have been to Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, India and Indonesia!
I’m not on an extended vacation, I’m creating a new lifestyle, a lifestyle of freedom! A lifestyle that doesn’t bind me to one location or a collection of things. A lifestyle that allows me to travel, meet new people and spend time with the people I love… all over the country and the world!
Solo Trip to Europe
My first solo backpacking trip to Europe gave me courage and confidence. I made friends instantly and memories that will last a life time. It reinforced my desire to experience the world. More importantly, living out of a backpack and sleeping in dorm rooms and on buses, showed me how little I actually need to be happy. This all led to a whole new world of self discovery.
I came home to my big beautiful townhouse and jam packed schedule at the salon, unsure of how I felt about anything.
Before Europe, I had believed my life was as close to perfect as it could get.
After Europe, I had no idea what I wanted anymore.
Bye Townhouse, Hello Freedom
Within a few weeks of returning from Europe, I moved out of my townhouse. The owners had given me the option to buy it but I declined.
Before Europe, I seriously considered buying it. I had even looked into financing.
After Europe, the thought of owning a house made me hyperventilate.
I moved in with a friend and started selling things I didn’t use much, like kitchen appliances, furniture and tons of the decorations I’d purchased. I donated clothes and gave away tons of odds and ends to friends and family.
It was obvious that I was pruning down my material possessions, but it wasn’t obvious why. I had no intention of letting go of my salon or leaving Vegas… (Ha! Goes to show what I knew.)
After 6 months of utter confusion and with the majority of my stuff gone, I took a trip to Australia. I was reminded of how little I needed to be happy and how badly I wanted to experience the world. Somewhere between the pages of Walden and Vagabonding, a coffee shop in suburban Brisbane and the Great Barrier Reef, what I wanted became clear: freedom.
The salon had provided me with immense amounts of freedom, but at the end of the day, I was tied to it- the money, the stuff and a single location. I wanted the freedom to travel for months on end, to not have a plan or to relocate completely if I decided to. To obtain such freedom I had to let go of everything that was holding me back. I had to stop worrying about clients, oil changes, and iPads and start living. Once I made the decision to let it all go, I never looked back.
Preparing to Leave
It took me TWO YEARS to sell ALL of my belongings, pay off debt, save money, build up airline miles, research destinations, prepare to work on the road, dissolve my salon business and gracefully untangle myself from all other stateside obligations.
By detaching from my comfortable life in Las Vegas, I hope to cultivate a lifestyle of freedom for myself. A lifestyle that doesn’t keep me tied a certain income, a collection of things or a single location. My ultimate goal is to create a lifestyle that allows me to split my time between Las Vegas, Chicago and experiencing the rest of the world!
As I move through the world I’m picking up skills, tips, tricks and advice on how to sustain a lifestyle of freedom.