A Little Adrift

Choosing to Volunteer Around the World

Deciding to Volunteer Abroad

After setting my Short Term Pre-Travel Goals in my last post, I began reviewing my finances.  What I found was, I don’t feel comfortable traveling about with my current financial situation.  However, after reading many sites about budget traveling, I believe that I don’t need to delay my adventures.  There are many amazing volunteer programs I would be honored to be a part of and that would be of interest to me.

So far, my favorite source of information is A Little Adrift’s Grassroots Volunteering Database.  I was happy to find many different types of opportunities, in very desirable locations.   There are animal sanctuaries, coffee farms and teaching opportunities, just to name a few.   I’m also considering World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) after reading Nomadic Matt’s post, How to Travel and Work Around the World with WWOOF.

My next move seems to be narrow down my choices and create a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or two.  I have an impressive engineering resume but It’s NOT what I need for my new adventures.  My time as an engineer at Lockheed Martin was very exciting and enjoyable.  However, I’m so happy not to be returning to that lifestyle.  I’m loving where my future is headed and now it’s time to start those CVs.

~Michelle

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I want to be an Independent Traveler

Independent Traveler

I want to travel on my own but NOT as the anti-social traveler.  I want to meet new people and have amazing experiences with others.  However, I want to remain independent.  I want freedom and I’m very excited about obtaining it.

Living the American Dream, owning homes and cars, having a high paying job and other obligations, has made me feel like what I assume a wild animal feels in captivity.  It’s not the life for me.  In the past, I have always traveled with at least one other person but my desire to be on my own is very strong.  I love being by myself, enjoying my own company.  So, during times that I am alone, I’m never lonely.

I have found others that travel solo and they are my inspiration.  It all started when National Geographic shared a video about David Welsford….

After watching this video all I could think about was traveling on my own.  I just didn’t know how to make it happen.  I searched and eventually found many people who travel alone and provide detailed information on how to make this dream a reality.  So far, my favorites are Nomadic Matt and A Little Adrift.  I’m following their advice and preparing to be an Independent Traveler.  I’m in the planing process, months away from my departure but I’m going to make this happen.  Stay tuned…

~Michelle