Voluntary simplicity. This concept was first introduced to me five years ago and has shaped the life I lead today. The premise is simple, to choose experiences over possessions, but the practice can be more difficult.
I've always longed to travel. As a kid I would imagine exploring remote and untouched areas and not much has changed as an adult. The problem wasn't finding motivation, it was the time, money, and freedom I was missing. I needed to find a way to give myself this freedom so I began to simplify. Instead of looking for a traditional career out of college, I began exploring the opportunities of seasonal work. Through seasonal work, my jobs became my adventure. I was getting paid to kayak, ski, and raft and I was living in beautiful parts of the country. But these were still jobs and I still lacked the money to travel. So I simplified more. Instead of paying rent, I lived out of my van. I was not alone in this practice, I had a core group who was homeless with me. We worked together, camped together, and inspired each other to take grand adventures.
This lifestyle has given me the time, money and freedom to travel. Its unconventional and tiring at times but my freedom is worth all the sacrifices.
With no cycling or touring experience, I have decided to bike from Atlanta, GA. through Central America. My goal is to slow down how I travel. I want to see and experience more by being in control of my own transportation. I hope to appreciate it more because I will have earned every sight, meal, and bed I sleep in. This will be the most challenging trip I have ever attempted and I look forward to sharing it with you.