It has been brought to my attention that we have been on the road for over 1,000 days. ONE THOUSAND DAYS! What a weird looking number that is. We left Australia in April 2012 and are still moving. In ten days we leave Ireland and head towards Thailand where we will base ourselves for a few months. We plan to rent an apartment for a month or two and live life in Asia…all the while writing, editing and earning online.
It has been an emotional time back here in Ireland. We only planned to be here for a couple of months but ended up staying over six. I even took up gainful part time employment dishing out pints in The Stags Head in the city centre for a while. We lived back with my mother in our old family home. One of my sister’s is there with her daughter and another sister just returned home with her husband for a while! Bedlam!
Ireland has changed little since I’ve been away. Porter is still being guzzled, footballs are still being kicked and the Irish female’s propensities towards ostentatious stylish clobber, continues unabated. The whirl of revolution is to be sniffed lightly in the air and the fact is that there is a feeling of immense positivity lingering in the crispy oxygen. When I left here over six years ago at the beginning of 2009, the words “doom, gloom and recession” were the order of the day. This has changed.
There is a fine feeling here in Ireland right now. As I travel on I do so knowing that people are in love with life again. The bigger emotion is one of open minded excitement at what is in store. Sure we all have our problems, but nothing is insurmountable. Spending the last 180 odd days of my 1,000 days travelling in Ireland, has been as educational as any of the others I have spent in further far flung towns and countries.
Living as I do from a suitcase these days means that I lack the stability we normally associate with life. I have an unpredictable future which means I cannot count on anything long term. This would scare the bejaysus out of a lot of people. It means you cannot plan long term. It means you don’t have regular and predictable routine. It means you cannot join clubs or play team sports. It means you cannot hold down a regular job. This is an intimidating list of what is not possible.
But what is possible is that one Monday afternoon, you can sit with your wife and decide that you are going to stop planning a six month trip to Africa and instead book ONE WAY flights to Thailand. It means that you can spend some great quality time with those you love without getting stuck in a rut. It means you can pick and chose the climates of the world you would like to live in and not be victims of the whimsical disregard of the inclement Irish weather.
One thousand days later I am in a similar financial position to when I began the trip. I have written a book, filmed over seventy different projects and have earned a moderate income from our websites. I have progressed as a poker player and am able to grow my hair as long as I want without giving a shit about what anyone thinks about it. I have freedom. I have the freedom to create the life I want with my wife. We earn money online and our eyes are open to the amazing possibilities this internet world is providing.
The last three years has seen us travel through South, Central and North America. We have spent the last year seeing family and friends in New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. In ten days we are heading into the far East where we will base ourselves for six months. It is freedom but it is not for everybody. It is a certain type of industrious and relentlessly hard working freedom which involves a constant ability to create. It needs motivation, inspiration and an ability to keep going no matter what comes you way.
Here are some occasions when you should pick up your passport and travel:
- you are stuck in a rut
- life is boring you
- you are not living well
- you have a broken heart
- you are looking for fun and adventure
- you want to learn about yourself
- you want to meet new cultures
- you want to experience the exotic
- you want something different
People have excuses for everything. There are a thousand and one reasons to stay in your regular job. There are a million good reasons for having a regular life. But, if you think you might like to try something different, then all you have to do is hit the road.
You never know…it could last a thousand days or more.