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I’ve been traveling the world nonstop, without a permanent address nor a conventional career for the last three and a half years. (Read my full story: Why I Left My Fancy City Life to Become a Globetrotting Gypsy.)

 

To some of you, that might sound totally insane. Impossible. Certainly impractical. It might seem idealistic. Unrealistic. Something that you might like to do, but you could never do, because of this, that, and the other.

 

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Most of us were raised to believe that we’re meant to follow a clear, conventional path and any deviations lead to bankruptcy and unhappiness. We’re meant to work hard in school, get good grades, go to a good college, get a good job, invest in a good house, find a viable partner, raise a family, and then, one day, when we’re 70, we can begin to think about what we actually WANT to do with our lives.

 

New York City

 

Except that by that point, we haven’t got a clue. Our health has suffered, we’ve grown jaded, and we’re too exhausted from working our whole lives to set off on some great adventure. We settle for mediocre comfort, rather than greatness.

 

I don’t know about you, but nothing about that model sounds practical to me. That model does not support my image of happiness nor freedom.

 

This American Girl

 

I want you to know, that if you want to, you can do something different. Anything different. Whatever it is that makes your heart flutter.

 

And maybe that something even looks like leaving your old life and setting off on an adventure around the world, And there’s nothing impractical nor insane about it. In fact I know thousands of people who are doing it right now.

 

This American Girl

 

Typically, I like to focus on what is possible rather than what is practical. It’s the romantic dreamer in me who wants to write you poetry instead of numbers and figures.

 

But I know that’s too idealistic for many people. I know it doesn’t soothe their worries about security, safety, and necessities. I know many people need something clear and specific. Many people need something practical.

 

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So, today I’m answering your biggest questions, your biggest concerns, and your biggest roadblocks, to show you that quitting your job and traveling the world is more than possible. It’s a realistic goal that starts with one step: deciding to do it.

 

Boom, Bam, Boom. Here we go.

 

Hanoi

 

#1: How Do You Make Money?

 

Travel has a reputation for being either expensive or something for young people who don’t mind being completely poor. It can be both of those things, but it can be much more than that. It can actually be a sustainable lifestyle that supports you financially. Making a living while traveling the world takes work and it takes guts, but it’s entirely possible. There are plenty of ways to travel for free or work abroad (check out my post How to Travel the World When You’ve Got Absolutely No Money) however for freedom and sustainability, eventually you’ll need to create your own path.

 

My advice on getting started? Depending on your current career, ask your employer about options to work remotely online. I’ve met many people on the road who do this for extended periods of time. Whether that’s an option or not, take stock of your skills and consider how you can take them online to create your own freelance business. Can you do writing? Skype consultations? Social media? Get creative and take advantage of the amazing opportunities the digital age allows. Read my post How I Afford a Life of Constant Travel, And You Can Too for tons of actionable ideas and inspiration.

 

Most importantly, spend some time thinking about your long term goals and your dreams. What gifts do you want to share with the world? How do you want to improve people’s lives? Think about how you can turn that into a business. If you’re feeling lost and uncertain about your purpose, my post How to Figure Out What the F*&K You Should Be Doing With Your Life, will help you discover it.

 

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#2: What About Paying Off Student Loans and Debt?

 

Last month while I was traveling in Morocco, I met a girl who worked in banking, but desperately wanted to move to Sri Lanka and volunteer at an elephant sanctuary. When I asked her why she didn’t just do it, she told me she was nearly a hundred thousand dollars in student loan debt and needed a high income job in order to make her monthly payments.

 

While debt can certainly make you feel less free, looking at it simply as a monthly expense, rather than an insurmountable sum, helps ease the pressure. If you think “Oh my God I’m 100k in debt!” that’s far more overwhelming than “Ok, I have an expense every month for $150 that I need to factor into my overall budget.” I too have student loan debt but brought my payment down the monthly minimum, which is now $70 a month, more than manageable.

 

Worst case scenario, you can always apply for a Student Loan Deferral or Forbearance while you figure out sustainable ways of making money on the road. Read more about these options here.

 

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#3: Can You Save For Retirement?

 

Without a full time job, how are you supposed to save for retirement? No benefits? No 401K? No IRA?

 

Alright, I’ll be honest. I’m not a financial whiz, and while I do have a retirement fund, the thought of “retirement” doesn’t really concern me because, I already feel like I’m retired.

 

I’m already living the life of my dreams and I’m already living life on my own terms. Isn’t that the whole goal of retirement for most people? To finally be able to stop working for the man and start living for themselves? Right now I may not have a million in the bank, but I’m investing my time and energy into a business that I believe will continue to grow and sustain me for the rest of my life.

 

Perhaps this sounds irresponsible, but I’d rather live in the present moment than devote my life to a future that I’m not even sure if I want yet.

 

Finca Tierra

 

#4: What About Health Insurance?

 

Not having medical benefits concerns many people when considering quitting their day jobs. Paying your own medical insurance can be extremely expensive, with poor coverage and high co-pays. First let me say, this isn’t any more of a concern for a traveler than it is for any freelancer or independent business owner. Therefore it’s not a question of whether it’s impractical to travel the world, it’s a question of whether it’s impractical to not work for an employer.

 

That said, I personally don’t have health insurance, and I haven’t had it for about 3 years. Brace yourself, this might get a lil’ controversial.

 

I could write an entire blog post on why I don’t have health insurance, but the gist is that I generally find Western medicine to be extremely misguided and actually harmful. Rather than go to a doctor, I practice yoga regularly, eat a healthy organic vegetable rich diet, do regular cleansing rituals (I’ll be writing more about these soon), and consume probiotic foods daily. I know what you’re thinking, “what about emergencies?”

 

In the last year I haven’t been to any doctor at all, because I haven’t needed to. However, the year prior, while traveling in Southeast Asia I did need to go to the doctor because of a few emergencies. I paid everything out of pocket and it cost next to nothing. When a stray dog bit me in Thailand, I had an emergency hospital visit followed by six rounds of rabies vaccines. I paid $250 altogether. In Indonesia I stepped on a sea urchin and my foot got so infected I broke down and got antibiotics. The doctor’s visit along with medication cost $40. In Cambodia I went in for the best teeth cleaning of my life, for $20.

 

I realize that now the government is penalizing you on your taxes if you don’t have insurance. Which to me is freaking nuts. However, given my current income, the penalty is still much lower than the cost of insurance. In the end it’s still in my best interest not to have it.

 

If you’re already on lots of medications that you need insurance coverage to pay for, I highly recommend you gradually get yourself off of them. Medications come with all sorts of side effects and most are highly toxic for your liver. Cleaning up your diet is a good start. If that sounds overwhelming to you, consider working with a holistic health coach, I recommend my friend Carly Shankman.

 

Finca Tierra

 

#5: But Don’t You Get Sick All of the Time When Traveling?

 

I used to, then I discovered probiotics. Traveling can be very hard on your body, especially when traveling in parts of the world with poor sanitary conditions. Foreign bacteria can cause serious illness and digestive issues. That’s why I travel everywhere with my own water kefir, packed with thousands of strains of live probiotics, which I brew daily. Read my post How to Travel the World and Never Get Food Poisoning for more info.

 

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#6: What Do You Do With Your Stuff Back Home?

 

When I first left to go traveling, I put all of my belongings in a storage unit for a few months. This gave me security in case I decided to come back. Though I quickly realized that freedom meant far more to me than any possessions. Since then I’ve downsized nearly everything I have, save for a few boxes of mementos and clothes. I keep them in a closet in my Mom’s house, and every time I come for a visit I downsize even further.

 

We need far less than we think that we do, and nothing makes that more apparent than travel. Read my post Less Stuff = More Happiness for some added insight.

 

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#7: How Do You Live Out of a Backpack?

 

The key to traveling light is learning to be content with less stuff. I’ve found this happens naturally the more you connect with what’s really important to you. It also happens when you realize how easily your stuff gets lost or ruined on the road.

 

Traveling typically to warm, tropical places, it’s quite easy to fit everything that I need into my 46 liter bag along with a small day pack. In Southeast Asia, it’s cheap and easy to buy most things, so you can pack very light. Wondering what I bring with me to Costa Rica? Read my post What I Bring Beach Backpacking.

 

This past winter while traveling in the Arctic Circle and the Alps, I clearly needed much heavier clothing, so I used compression bags to fit everything into my small bag. Once I arrived in Spain for the warmer weather, I left the winter clothing behind to have a friend ship them back to the states. In Spain I bought a few simple outfits, which I took with me to Morocco.

 

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#8: Can You Ever Have a Relationship?

 

In my recent post, Enough Bullsh*t, This is What Being a Nomad is Really Like, I wrote about my challenges finding a viable romantic partner. True, establishing and maintaining a relationship on the road comes with many unique challenges.

 

However, I believe that a lot of that comes from the fact that world travel cultivates independence and self-awareness that prevents us from investing in relationships that don’t serve us. Personally, I feel far more equipped to choose a healthy relationship now than I did when I lived back in the states.

 

I’ve also met many traveling couples and families who seem quite happy. I’m not sure what their secret is, but they all assure me that by following what I love, the right person will show up.

 

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#9: Is This Something You Can Do With Kids?

 

I can’t speak from personal experience, but I’m connected with many traveling families and even single parents! Many travel much more slowly, homeschooling their children or staying long stints in different countries and traveling during the summers. Check out these blogs for inspiration:

Travel With Bender

Escape Artistes

1 Dad 1 Kid

 

otres beach sihanoukville

 

#10: How Do You Take Your Pets With You?

 

Again, I don’t have pets, so I can’t speak from personal experience, but I do know people who have moved abroad with their animals. I don’t recommend traveling with a pet, and would suggest you instead leave it with a responsible friend or family member. If you’re hoping to travel for long stints or move abroad, check out this guide: 7 Practical Tips for Moving Overseas With a Pet.

 

Granada, Nicaragua

 

#11: Is it Dangerous Out There?

 

Often the media likes to scare us into thinking the world is a bad place, while the more I travel the more I discover just the opposite.

 

In three and a half years of travel I’ve been mugged once in Costa Rica and nearly scammed once in Cambodia. Otherwise my experiences have been positive. I’ve been faced with kindness far more often than I’ve been faced with danger. I’ve been offered free transportation, been invited to share meals, and received genuine friendships all over the world.

 

That said, it’s important that you do your research on safety for the specific places you plan to travel in. I typically do this through Google and read safety recommendations in guide books. If you’re a woman traveling on your own, my post Why I Feel Safe Traveling Alone will give you some valuable insight. If you’re planning to travel in Latin American, read my posts Is Puerto Viejo Safe and How to Survive a Taxi Ride in Latin America.

 

No matter where you go, remember to always trust your instincts, carry yourself with confidence, and treat others with respect.

 

Koh Tao

 

#12: How Do You Get Visas to Travel to All of These Places?

 

If you’re traveling consistently, and you hold a USA, EU, UK, Australian, or New Zealand passport, visas shouldn’t be an issue. Most countries offer free or cheap visas upon arrival, and the ones that don’t can usually be processed in about a month.

 

For everyone else, first off, I’m sorry that the world has a system that makes it challenging for you to travel. To me, it’s a horribly messed up travesty far beyond the scope of this post. However I want you to know that there are people from developing countries all over the world who are living this lifestyle. Read what they have to say in my post: You Don’t Have to be a Privileged White Girl to Travel.

 

Puerto-Viejo

 

#13: But How Do You Get Visas to Stay Longer Than a Few Months?

 

Alright, I’m going to let you in on a secret. Most people who “live” abroad, are doing so illegally. I’m not saying that I condone it, I’m just letting you know the reality. Most countries have a one month or three month visa on arrival, at which point you will need to leave the country.

 

In many countries you need only cross the border for a day in order to get your visa renewed. Tons of people living abroad do this regularly, and in Thailand there are even special transport options for people leaving the country specifically to renew their visas.

 

The Shengen Zone, however, is its own beast, and can be much more difficult to get around. Check out this post How to Legally Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days for legal options for staying longer.

 

If you’re serious about relocating somewhere, getting a student visa, a work visa, or even residency is possible. It’s not easy and can be a lengthy process, but if it’s what you really want, it’s worth it.

 

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#14: What About Security?

 

Raise your hand if you or someone you know has ever been laid off, lost their house, lost money on investments, or been divorced. Yep, every hand is up. Let’s face it, the job market, the housing market, and marriage, are just as unstable and unpredictable as anything else in life.

 

I’ve personally been laid off from one job, been fired from another, been broken up with multiple times, lost people I loved, and learned to let go of my obsession with feeling in control.

 

Stability as we know it is a complete and utter illusion. It does not exist no matter how much society tries to scare us into believing in it. The only constant in life is change. My security comes from knowing that I’m equipped to handle and respond to change with humility and grace.

 

If you want to live a life that involves excitement, passion, growth, and fulfillment, you’re going to have to learn to let go of your aversion to discomfort and lean into the unknown. You might wobble, you might fall, but once you find your footing, you will see how much you can fly.

 

Chefchaoeun

 

#15: Aren’t You Wasting Your Potential?

 

I remember a time when the voiced concerns of family and friends left me questioning the responsibility of my lifestyle. Others when the voice in my own head stirred fears of what my future might hold. Giving myself the permission to pursue lifelong travel has been an ongoing process in deprogramming the paradigms instilled in me by my culture. It has required identifying which lifestyle choices are in my pursuit of happiness, and which, deep down, are about satisfying my ego.

 

During my first year of travel I went back and forth in my head about whether I should return to the US to go to graduate school. I wondered if I was wandering aimlessly and if I should go back down the traditional path of education and become “contributing member of society.”

 

But instead, I opened myself to the possibility that there were other ways to feel challenged, inspired, and alive, than those accepted by society. When I did, I began to see that the more I followed the path towards my own personal bliss, the more energy, ideas, and love I had to share with my family, my friends, and the world. Consequently, I began to connect with my true life’s calling.

 

Read more about this in my post Is Traveling a Waste of Your Potential.

 

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#17: Do You Get Tired of Traveling Eventually?

 

Yes. And No. All of the time. Never.

 

I love travel more than most anything else on earth, and that’s why I keep doing it no matter what it puts me through. However travel burnout is inevitable. This is why if you’re living nomadically, it’s essential to find a place that you love, where you can spend time resting and recharge. Read more about that in my post Enough Bullsh*t, This is What Being a Nomad is Really Like.

 

Time will tell whether I choose to live this lifestyle forever. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the beautiful ride. Are you?

 

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  1. Well said, I often question whether I’m making the right decision whenever I feel the pull of the ‘correct lifestyle’ – all those years of being conditioned into being a cog in societies machine don’t go away easily. It also doesn’t help that all my old friends are on that path, ticking off the college, job, marriage milestones – although when I mention it, they all tell me they’d rather do what I do. I just need to remember that I’m far happier now than when I was buying a houseful of crap because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. Thanks for this post, it was just what I needed to read today

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 17, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Yes, I hear you! It’s an ongoing process for sure. So glad to have offered you some support.

  2. I love your blog! My wife, son and I just came back from spending two months in Costa Rica and I so want to find a way to make it a permanent thing. Your blog is the biggest inspiration to me in this dream. Thank you!

  3. Hi I read your blogs as often as I can and I’m a lot older than you, I’ve had a pretty good life doing what I wanted to do I’ve travelled a fair bit but not like a nomad…
    If your having fun doing what ever then carry on there are no rules really but most people stick to the home life style if I had my life again I would definitely travel more and see what the world has to offer for people like us in the western world it’s easy but not if your from a part of the world where there is mostly poverty….So we do have a head start….
    I admire your love and courage for a young woman to travel alone does take courage a courage that not everyone has I take my hat off to you and wish you much luck fun safety and well being…..
    Take care my friend and safe travel…..
    Brian

  4. “If you want to live a life that involves excitement, passion, growth, and fulfillment, you’re going to have to learn to let go of your aversion to discomfort and lean into the unknown. You might wobble, you might fall, but once you find your footing, you will see how much you can fly.”

    Promise??? :-)

    Anyway, this was a great post. I’ve traveled some in my life and I do miss it. These types of posts remind me how much, and how easy it could be to resume my travels…if I wasn’t so…comfortable. :-)

    I’m going to keep this quote somewhere I can see it to remind me that it’s ok to move outside of my comfort zone.

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Carly so glad to hear it spoke to you!! No matter what it is, getting out of your comfort zone is the surest way to grow <3

  5. I can relate on #12! As a Filipino citizen, I need a tourist visa to enter 2/3 of the world’s countries. Those countries that are visa free for us are Southeast Asian countries, some South American countries, a few African countries, Israel, and Mongolia. That’s it!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Filipino_citizens

  6. Hi, you have a lot of courage and probably foolness to … be happy. Cause it requires a lot of courage and foolness to actually take the risks to do what makes us really happy.
    I love travelling and I travelled myself around the world a bit in the past but never for longer periods than a few months.
    Good luck anyway and I’m from Morocco by the way …
    Salim

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you so much :) I LOVE MOROCCO! My brother in law is from there and I’ve been two different times. Can you give us some advice for how a Moroccan can get visas to travel?

  7. Love all these new posts (so I’ve been bombarding your blog lately)! I’m on my very first, very short (3 week), solo trip abroad. The first week was such an adjustment…I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was terrified and felt like I wasting my time. I had to retrain myself to be me!!! I didn’t realize how bored and complacent…and empty? I was until this trip. Being completely off the grid –haven’t spoken to anyone from home –has really helped me remember all the things I wanted from life. There’s a good chance I’ll sell everything when I get home and start a new chapter. It’s time. But very scary to veer off the path of least resistance. Your writing has been a godsend lately! Thank you!

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Soooo amazing! Thanks for sharing Sam! Yes, I have BEEN THERE! My first week in Costa Rica I was going NUTS. I didn’t know what to do with myself. And then I settled into the flow and became happier than I realized possible :)

  8. I have to thank you. Thank you for writing down your thoughts. You have no idea how much you’re helping me. I’m in my second semester now and have decided to quit. Your blog is one of the reasons of my decision. I am finally brave enough to do it. Thank you!

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Aw Verena thank you thank you! It means so much to hear that my blog is helping you!! Keep focusing on your dreams, on your unique voice, on your unique path, and everything is coming <3

  9. Trully an inspiring read, thanks Camille! :)

  10. all sounds great but this will bite the writer in the butt eventually. Not a sustainable plan in the long run. Very short term vision here and feel sorry for the naive readers who may be struggling with their careers/lives now who try to execute this without way more thorough planning than what is articulated here.

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Hi Mike, I appreciate your comment. In my opinion the way to do this sustainably is to build your own online business or find a place in the world that you love where you can invest in property or vacation rentals, hostel, etc. A lot of people first just need to get out of their current routine and environment to begin to see those possibilities, and that’s what this post is all about.

  11. Totally inspired by you… again!! I found so many valuable bits of information in this post. I can’t wait to hear about your cleanses I have been wanting to try a new one so I am curious to hear which you recommend. Lastly, I could not agree more on western medicine I wish more people were on board with this mentality..

  12. Love this! I’ve been following your blog for sometime and always feel inspired but something about today’s post sparked something. I suffered a stroke last year while 33 weeks pregnant with my fourth baby, I have slowly recovered and now feel that I am at a place where I want to live my life to the fullest. Show my kids the world because at the end of the day a job, bills, a house , what society wants us to do doesn’t matter. Life can change in a blink of an eye and believe me, you will ask yourself “did I live the life I wanted?” Thank you!

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 19, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Leslie thank you for sharing your story. I’m glad to hear that you are healthy again, and I couldn’t agree with your insights more <3

  13. This is fantastic. Hate to sound like a perpetual trite triller of accolades but I am relatively selective in terms of writing/content that resonates with me. Very much enjoy getting your weekly blog posts. A delicious amalgam of the enjoyable, inspirational, and informative. I’m one of countless readers on the cusp, drawing from your experiences, and getting the nerve to die in.

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 19, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Thank you Angela I really appreciate it!! So glad you are enjoying my posts and emails. I’ll keep them coming :)

  14. I am convinced. I will be doing a solo trip to backpack South America in August. I’ve already quit my job. I feel like I should be a bit more anxious than I am, but I’ll take this feeling. Your blog is great, I happened upon it at the right time. Best of luck in your travels.

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Awww thank you Akilah I’m soooo excited for you! Please keep us up to date on your travels :) It’s AWESOME that you don’t feel anxious, sounds like confidence to me!

  15. Yes…and no! I traveled a lot before becoming a mother. And I loved it, but I also yearned for some stability. Now I have it (I now have my own family) and feel utterly bored. I think there are some important lessons I am learning from living in one place, in a lifestyle I do not completely want. I’m just not sure what yet…and oh how my heart just wants to leave and travel again. I think in this case, until I know I’m ready for travel once more, I would just be running away. It sure can be hard to know the difference between the two!

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Yes I totally totally agree!! There is a huge difference between running towards your dreams and running away from something, and it can be easy to do both on the road. I think for travel to truly be sustainable, after a while you need to ask yourself what the greater purpose is and how you’re making the world a better place.

  16. You inspired me!!! I always think there’s so many things that I need to handle to just leave everything and travel around for months… but this post opened up my mind:)
    Sometimes we just need to get out of the comfort zone and take the first step, once it is taken, the rest will be manageable.
    I’m gonna do it:D

    Thanks for sharing! hugs

  17. Everything in the list except forgoing health insurance and traveling while 100k in student loan debt is fine.

    In US since there isn’t a universal health insurance, health insurance via employer or private purchase is to protect oneself in case of medical emergencies that can costs into hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a medical emergency occurred, I doubt anyone would just idly die even if they knew they didn’t have the resources to pay their medical bills because they made a choice not to get health insurance. Forgoing health insurance is basically expecting society to pay for your coverage if something serious occurred to you.

    Secondly, traveling for few month to volunteer while 100k in student debt is fine. Someone can just ask for time off. However, traveling indefinitely while burdened with so much debt is a dumb recommendation unless you have a realistic way to pay off the debt while traveling by earnings money through other projects and self employment.

  18. Wow, I love your posts and the advice you give. For a long, long time I’ve felt like I’m not destined for conventional work and a conventional life, but wasn’t sure of an alternative past freelancing. Your enthusiasm and positive outlook have helped drown out the negative inner voices that I can live my dream life and my husband and I have started talking about how we can make travelling the world a reality. Thank you!

  19. Kate O'neal Says: August 14, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Yesterday I learned that my “pipe dream” of traveling the world is actually going to happen. I have had a rough past 13 years starting with my apartment burning down in 2006 and many other issues have left me at the mercy of others in order to survive. I have never felt sorry for myself, I have always been grateful for what i do have, but i have felt very limited in what i could actually accomplish given my situation. God/The Universe/ whatever you want to call it, is so freakin awesome in the way it works things out for you while you don’t even notice it happening and yesterday i was made aware. I cant even find the words to describe how thankful i am and how in love with life i am right now, and also how tremendously grateful i am that when i told my sister, who lives in New Zealand, that she had just happened to read one of your articles and forwarded it to me. Everything is working out the way that i have always wished for right now and I just wanted to take the time to say thank you to you. I am, by my nature, a “just go with it” person… but so far you have already answered any initial (minute) concern i might have had, and also given me tips i never would have considered. Thanks again!!
    Light and Love,
    Kate

    • Camille Willemain Says: August 14, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Kate, I am so so touched by your words, and I’m overflowing with happiness for you. You are right, Source always gives us what we need in one way or another, sometimes through deep lessons, and other times with divine bliss. Savor every moment of this bliss, you are so worthy of it <3 I couldn’t be more excited for your new journey!

  20. Very inspirational!

  21. Just wanted to say that i find you very inspirational. I have actually just recently given in my resignation and I am preparing my first trip. Not far though, stil in my home country, because I want to see more of it. After that i defintely want to see the world. Costa Rica has made my list.
    I wish you well in your journey forward. Stay excellent.

  22. You make me so happy.
    You are the living proof that I can live my dream.
    And I can’t wait to start living my dream!

    Thank you so much, you are amazing! <3

  23. Hi Camille!

    I just realized I read your blog all the time, and I’ve never commented before! I just want to let you know that you are a terrific writer and so inspirational! You have really helped me with the gathering practical information for traveling (especially the health and wellness tips, love me some essential oils 😉 I also want to let you know since you are partially responsible, that I decided a few weeks ago to quite my job and travel the world indefinitely. I’m starting off by flying to Europe (from Canada btw) in August 2016, and I’m SOO EXCITED!!!

    Light and love,
    Kelsey

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 26, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Kelsey that is so beautiful thank you so so so much for your comment! SO excited for you and let me know any other insights I can offer xx

  24. I’m 25 and a half, graduated last year, and have been working an office job for the last year. I’m miserable, but I keep making excuses…I’ve never taken the time to develop any skills I might have that I may actually be passionate about, one of the many reasons I don’t believe in myself. Truly I am a lazy person who is very unhappy at the moment. I don’t have any friends around me, and truthfully I regret taking this job in the first place…I feel like I have so many problems, but in reality I don’t. I’m lost in your blog, because I feel like I can relate to almost everything you posted. Anyhow, thank you for writing and for inspiring me. I hope that what you write sets in with me sooner than later.

    • PS. I know I am emo af right now, thankfully I am talking to my therapist tomorrow haha

      • Camille Willemain Says: October 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        Girl, I am emo af all day every day and I love it because it reminds me that I know how to feel <3

    • Camille Willemain Says: October 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      You are welcome Lill. May you recognize the light, beauty, and power within you. May you see your unlimited potential and patiently honor your path in getting there <3

  25. Amazing stuff, I like reading blogs like yours and others. I am working in the big Washington DC area my whole life, and I desperately want to get out and move to either Panama or Costa Rica for a more slow pace life. The funny thing is I have no debts, no mortgage, I live very frugal as it is, and Ive been blogging my whole life…and I still cant seem to make the move lol. Im more keen on Panama, and thinking once I save up a few thousand I may try to get down there. But blogs like these make me feel empowered to do it. “Doing it” is different, and the hard part for some strange reason lol.

    • Camille Willemain Says: October 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Mmmmm I hear you Chris. Might sound like a strange question… but how are your abdominals and how is your digestion? It’s all connected with willpower, which gives us the motivation to DO.

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