You Just Have To Start Somewhere

That is what this post is all about… I’ve discovered I’m like a lot of other folks, who one day woke up from their 9-5 coma and realized there is a whole world out there.  You could say I have taken the ‘Red Pill’, and now I am hooked by that obsessive Travel Bug.  how will I free myself from the daily doldrums that bind so many of us? My journey has become a personal voyage of discovery.

This is very complicated, you see I have a family (two young children, wife, dog, etc…), There are lots of issues to work out, and I’m not sure how I will get there.  Oh sure lots of folks will tell you – “it’s easy”, “there is nothing to stop you but you“, “Lots of family’s travel together, if they can do it, anyone can“.  And for the most part, they are correct and I believe it to be a matter of priority and choice… hold on there what are you saying?  Well, as we move forward on this journey, we have to figure out these priorities without compromising other responsibilities.

Perhaps it would have been more ideal had I been bitten earlier in life?  there was a period of time in my history that I could have spent several years on the road and “gotten it out of my system”.  Even though I think it never really gets out of your system.  But that is neither here nor there, it is time to move forward and figure this out.

So Welcome to this quest, a pursuit to free a man from the cubicle, teach two children to explore the world, and somehow satisfy those travel demons that haunt him…

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7 Responses to You Just Have To Start Somewhere

  1. Chris G says:

    I just read your post on the almostfearless.com site:

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    Travel to me is simply exploring… It doesn’t matter how, or how long, or what method of transportation. For the person who bikes around the world that is his journey. compared to the guy who drove around the world in a Mercedes To say that neither one of these guys really traveled is clearly not true.

    No two journeys should be alike.
    -Skip
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    … then I click over to your web site and read your first blog entry. That’s exactly me! Coupl’a kids, dogs, house in the ‘burbs, cubicle job, etc. But I just want to travel the world. I spent about a year in my 20’s backpacking South America and another year living in Europe. I grew up in Winnipeg and almost every weekend my Dad used to have us all jump in the car and he would just drive – rarely to any touristy things, mostly down roads and into places off the beaten track across the USA. It definitely runs through my blood.

    My problem is the first few chapters of my life were (I think) pretty interesting reading if you like adventure. But the last few with my life in a cubicle? You can certainly get caught up in cubicle life, but it’s entirely unimportant to my kids. I don’t want the rest of my life to be a couple of pages of dull reading. Gotta make this interesting and get my kids to understand that they don’t have to just become cogs in the machine paying mortgages and car loans to keep corporations going. That just ain’t what it’s meant to be about.

    So … how the hell are you going to do it? Any ideas? What’s step #1?

  2. Skip says:

    “I don’t want the rest of my life to be a couple of pages of dull reading”

    Chris, I think that Sums it up pretty well. Great first comment! Life is about more than this, I’m certain of it… So how the hell am I going to do it? Good question, I wish I had the answer, but I’m workin on it.

    In my opinion, Step #1 is acknowledging the Deamons (My name is Fred, and I have a problem) – recognizing that you want more out of this life. For me it took some time to see what was clearly in my veins, I’ve always been an explorer, but my younger years were spent working on a career, getting a big house, etc. So, I think I’ve taken that first step, starting this blog, and hopefully, finding a way…
    -Skip

  3. Chris G says:

    I’ve spent some time thinking about how to go about taking that first step, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

    After about a year backpacking South America I figured out that traveling to me isn’t completely being on the move all the time. The ‘been there, done that’ checklist form of traveling is less about the experience than it is the bragging rights. Bragging rights were cool when I was younger, but now they don’t mean a whole lot. Settling into a particular place, getting to know the people, the customs, the food, how the transit system operates, daily routines, the language (love languages), the sports, the sense of humour, the economics and politics, the climate … THAT’s what I have found I believe traveling’s all about.

    … more to come … work’s calling :(

    Chris.

  4. Tomas says:

    Hi Jeff!
    WEll start planning (and saving) ahead, you could example send your kids as exchange students when that day comes, like I did. we might have a few empty romms by then if you want them to go to school in Sweden for a year :)

    Nice to see that you’re back!

    // Lt.Dan

  5. Tomas says:

    Sorry about the spelling, should have read it through first…

  6. Skip says:

    Hej Tomas,

    That would be awesome… wait you have a daughter, I’d better not send my son 😉

    It is a great Idea… If I’m still in the states, then you children are welcome as well.

    -Skip

  7. Sean says:

    Hi Skip,

    Just read your story and wanted to tell you to go for it! Our family took the first step in August of ’08…we are a family of 4 that left behind the trappings of our 9 to 5’s to experience more of what life has to offer.

    In our case we sold everything we owned and set off to Latin America with a 12 year old and a 7 year old. We only have a rough itinerary and will see what the world has in store for us.

    Good luck to you…

    Sean

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