This beautiful portrait is credited to Kevin J. Beaty!

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


The idea of up-rooting and embarking on a long-term travel adventure seems pretty much crazy to most people yet so many wish they say they could do it. Or, at least they say they wish they could.   Why?


Freedom to roam, freedom to run towards or run away, freedom to be who we are, etc.  

It's important to always remember that we paint ourselves into the corners of our own boxes when it comes to the things we believe we should or should not do. When you find yourself on the edge, wanting to travel to get away from or fix a situation that is yielding unhappiness because you should or should not do something, all you need to do is remember that you did this to yourself... 

 ...which means you can also un-do it to yourself if you're unhappy. You can travel anywhere, for as long as you want, change, or both, you just have to want to bad enough.

I'd argue that perhaps the majority of people embark on the journeys of their lifetime after breaking out of a jail cell of unhappiness.  Not everyone, of course, but many, many people.   During my travels I've come across many a-folk who speak with reverence about the time they spent on the road some time in their life. They talk about it like being in a love affair. As if it's a lover you'll never get closure with; The one that got away, if you will.

Being on the road  means restless searching, perpetual curiosity, and the unquenchable thirst for experience. It's true that eventually everyone stops traveling eventually but that doesn't make the time spent any less hallowed.  

Freedom is a mindset just like being on the road is or being happy is. So, when you think you've gone off course with your life or travel plans, when find yourself unhappy, or when you have lost the freedom to be yourself for whatever reason, remember that none are far off, you just have to seek them to get back on track.