“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show” -unknown
A lot of people have asked me how I am able to travel as much as I do and make a living off of it, so I want to share my secret with everyone. The secret is, there is no secret. I don’t make a living off hiking and traveling. I don’t get paid to explore all these wonderful places I’ve been lucky to see. & I have the time to travel because I pack in my weekends with non-stop adventures, week after week. Like many other people, I work, save, and play.
When you work a full-time 9-5 job, you only have the weekends. I want to spend that precious time doing what I love: hiking and exploring the outdoors. If you spend all week working, and all weekend resting, you are just living to work which isn’t living at all. I would plan weekend trips that leave the evening I got off work and came home the late night before I started work. After the first few road trips, a 6-hour drive seemed like a short trip. Was I tired at work? Of course, but I still took care of my workload. Life is about balance so I would take a break from going to the gym to rest after work the days after my trip. I was lucky that my job required me to work a handful of weekends in the year, so I would grind through 12 days of work so I could have a 4 day weekend later (plus the evening before) and go on a longer adventure. Yes, I said I’m lucky to have to work 12 days straight sometimes because the reward of an adventure was worth it for me.
You can pack a lot into a short amount of time if you tried, you just have to want to and be committed to it. There are two types of travelers: the ones that want to relax and the ones that want to adventure. It’s not hard to guess which one I am… I’m the type of traveler that always likes to be on the move and exploring which makes it easier to pack in a non-stop weekend of adventures. My main source of income is not from any social media related work, it’s from actually working. & I have all the time to go on all my trips because I use every single earned PTO on it. So before you say “I wish I could go there”… you can. Set aside a budget for traveling and save those vacation days! Even if you only save a couple bucks from every paycheck, you’ll find that it soon adds up. If traveling and exploring are important to you (which it should be 😉 ), you’ll make the effort to make it happen.
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This post is sponsored by Life is Good, all opinions are my own.
(photos are from my recent trip to Cancun/ Playa Del Carmen March 21-26, and hike to Mt. Baldy April 1)