How I came to be traveling now and for so long


What would you do if you’d hit or neared 50, had always wanted to travel the world and didn’t even come close to having the resources to do so.

Deb's logoFor too many years, all of my work and earnings had gone into keeping a roof over my head without allowing me the luxury to go out from under that roof to enjoy my own town, city, state, country or planet.

I’d never had the good fortune to recognize my bershert (soul mate) and have a family of my own, so although I am great on my own and I enjoy my time alone, my life under that roof was sometimes too solitary.

I love exploring new places, cultures, histories (well old histories, actually) — and I felt stuck.

I’d loved what I’d accomplished in life. I’d even achieved a modicum of fame as the author of several award-winning computer books and as a popular columnist and speaker. But I felt I wasn’t living anymore, merely existing.

I had long wanted to travel the world again, but not alone. (When traveling alone you have to take your backpack into the public restroom of a bus or train station.) Besides, traveling anywhere wasn’t possible with the rent I needed to pay in LA. I’d waited patiently for someone to give me a house (well, not really) but that had not come along (or the deed was lost in the mail).

Then one day my excellent longtime landlord called to say he needed to move back to his condo. I was facing a move and higher rent. Not a good thing for this freelance writer.

And that’s when the wave of freedom hit me!
Some say a wave of insanity — that I’d lost rational thought.
If I didn’t have to spend so much money on rent I could travel.
It costs less to rent a dorm room any place in the world than it did for me to rent my apartment for any given night! So the money I saved in rent would cover my travel costs.

Traveler Deborah Shadovitz and her backpack during her travel on Roatan in Honduras

Me and my backpack as I’m about to leave a hostel on Roatan and get back to the Honduras mainland and head south in Central America.

And this is how I came to live my life as I travel the world. :)

My life as I travel

As I travel, I continue working for my same pre-travel clients doing websites, social media, and other writing and design.

My clients include:

This is one of the great benefits of the internet. I also do other small writing or website jobs as I travel and help Mac users whenever I can.

The rest of the time I am enjoying discovering and getting to know people, places, cultures, and life around the world – and sharing it with you if you choose to read this website and blog or any of my magazine articles as they come out.

 

~ Deborah, 2014

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