This is an old post. It was written when I finally woke up to what we’d achieved, it was the moment everything changed for us and our website’s following and monthly views started going through the roof. It was when I first came up with the concept of ” Living Differently” and was meant to inspire and help others do likewise. Back then, 2016, I wrote:
How many years have I been writing blog posts? Don’t know? Well I’ll tell you, it’s 4 .
The conversation between Chef and I, the one that changed our lives, took place 4 years ago in our garden in Australia and I’ve been blogging about it from every corner of the globe since.
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Only I haven’t.
I’ve been talking about the travel not the lifestyle shift. I’ve had a realisation, a blinding flash of light that shook up my thoughts and made everything crystal clear on a grey London day.
This shouldn’t so much be a travel blog. This must be a blog about living differently.
I’ve been doing it all wrong, writing factual destination based posts and handy tips and how-to-s of family travel. These posts are the bread and butter, they pay the bills ( see how here) but for you, the readers, I don’t need to do that.
Anyone can do that, but not many can write about living a life so different that most would be scared to even try.
We’re not just dreaming or planning, we’ve done it. For the last 3 years. It’s in the bag and it’s been a glorious success.
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Here are the secrets:
You do not have to grow up, get an education, get a job, climb the career ladder, get married, have kids, climb the property ladder, send the kids to school, retire and take cruises in that order. Nothing is forcing you to live life to any schedule. Nobody is forcing you to do any of those things at all.
You do not have to get a good job with good prospects, stability and promotional opportunities. You don’t ever have to work for somebody else if you don’t want to.
You do not have to seek acceptance from society.
You don’t need pieces of paper to be educated, you can teach yourself anything.
Kids are not required to go to school. ( in most countries)
You don’t have to buy the latest gadgets or buy anything at all to prove you’re a success or not poor or to improve your image. You just don’t.
Living your life joyfully doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to live within your means other than earning more and more money and sacrificing more and more of your precious time for that paycheck.
You only need to work for the things you really need, be they personal satisfaction in your working life, to give something back to global humanity, or bed and board.
Do you see? Do you see that you can be the creator of your own lifestyle and that there is NOTHING to stop you, only yourself. And you know why they’re secrets? It’s because the world, as it stands, would stop turning if consumerism was no longer a part of the typical human make up. Schools teach us to be good consumers and follow the above lifestyle schedule, earning more, paying more taxes, buying more. They provide half an education, they don’t want people thinking too much.
But there is another way. We found that way by chance after 30+ years of being normal. Normal and of average ordinary happiness with a large measure of boredom and monotony on the side.
Changing our lives was the best thing we ever did. I know we’ve had our ups and downs but these last 3 years have been mind- blowingly fantastic.
So thanks if you’ve been with us all along, a lot of you have become good friends, real and virtual and you mean a lot to us. If you’re new, sign up to follow . I’ve found my voice and I have a lot more to say!
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Alyson is the creator of World Travel Family travel blog and is a full-time traveller, blogger and travel writer. A lifetime of wanderlust and now over 7 years on the road, 50+ countries allowed the creation of this website, for you. She has a BSc and worked in pathology before entering the travel arena and creating this website. World Travel Family Travel Blog has been helping you travel more, better and further since 2012, when Alyson and James first had this life changing idea. On this site you can find endless travel information, tips and guides plus how to travel, how to fund travel and how to start your own travel blog.