Nomadic Matt

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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Setting Short Term Pre-Travel Goals

Set Pre-Travel Goals

It’s time to set some pre-travel goals.  After reading many sites about this topic, I’m still a huge fan of Nomadic Matt’s site.  I really appreciate the Start Planning Your Next Adventure Here section.  The information is just what I need and the site arrangement and ease of use is top notch.  So anyhow, that’s enough fangirling Nomadic Matt, for now.  I believe the following to be my current short term pre-travel goals.

  1.  Get My Finances in Order
  2.  Obtain a Travel Credit Card
  3.  Define Travel on My Budget

I’m on it.  Hope to have details soon.

~Michelle

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

My Bucket List (Item) is Complete

My Bucket List(Item) is CompleteI recently read a blog post by Nomadic Matt about getting rid of his bucket list and felt a small sense of relief that I don’t have one.  I mean, I did have one, sort of.  It was a list of one item.  So, I guess what I really had was a Bucket Item and I completed it two years ago.

His reasoning for getting rid of his bucket list went something along the lines of, he never followed it, didn’t care and therefore it wasn’t a list of items he was dying to accomplish before dying.  Then I wondered, was mine really ever a Bucket Item?

I wanted to see clear, tropical waters before I kicked the bucket.  I have been close to death a few times and while lying in intensive care, the thought of not completing this item actually never crossed my mind.  What I was thinking was, how to get myself better and out of this place as soon as possible.

If you remove the trendiness of the “Bucket List”, the Bucket List Syndrome seems to be a thing that happens to one when the end is drawing near and regrets all of the things one never did but wanted to do.  Maybe this regret is because they only did the things that society dictated appropriate and allowable.  I don’t really know because I don’t have that problem, although I know a few people that wish I did. 🙂

I have always lived my life to the fullest within my circumstances.  I want to travel but if I died tomorrow, I would have no regrets and nothing that I feel I missed out on.  I have had the most amazing life.  My life situation is such that I now have freedom to travel, an opportunity I’m most definitely going to take.  I will not be creating a new Bucket Item or list but I will be continuing on living a happy life, without regrets.

~Michelle