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Marcello Arrambide

I decided in 2009 to start traveling and eventually reached the point where I wanted to have a new lifestyle.
I embarked on a journey that has now taken me around the world many times and the thing I cherish most in this world is my ability to live a life on my own terms.
After visiting roughly 80 countries, visiting all 7 continents, and even getting kidnapped and detained in some of the most dangerous places in the world…
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Once I stepped off of the ‘normal’ life highway and threw myself into the unknown of leaving my job to travel; things slowly changed.
I don’t think I realized how much my mindset changed until just recently as I was preparing for Meet Plan Go in NYC.
I was talking with the other panelist and we were all discussing what we were doing and how we all looked at our careers and choices differently now…
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I knew the worst case scenario when I left for Thailand was that I’d come back and get a “real job” 6 months later.
Quite the opposite happened, I was able to keep working independently and doing some pretty cool stuff in the process.
Things are growing every day…
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In 2009 I got rid of everything I owned that wouldn’t fit into a carry-on bag, scaled my business so I could run it from the road, and started up a blog
In the six years since then, I’ve also lived in New Zealand, Thailand, Iceland, India, Romania, and Czech Republic.
I visited the 48 contiguous US states twice, road-tripped through South America, rode the rails through Southeast Asia, and visited about 30 other countries alongside my longer-term homesteading adventures…
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I am not a backpacker, nor am I living off of a trust fund.
I am just a normal person who has learned how to get the most out of the travel experience.
I’m like many people; I have a mortgage, significant other and even three dogs, but I have also made travel my profession…
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Stephanie Yoder

In September 2010 I left my office job to travel the world and become a freelance writer and blogger.
Since then I’ve spent time living in China, Argentina and Mexico.  I’ve climbed the Great Wall of China, been underground in the Colosseum and snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef.
I’ve traveled through South America, South East Asia and Eastern Europe among other places, and had amazing adventures all over the world…
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In September 2010, at the age of 26, I quit my job to travel Southeast Asia for six months. Six months turned into four years across more than 50 countries.
While in Southeast Asia, I worked on developing this site along with building a freelance work portfolio.
After returning to the U.S. in May 2011, I realized that I was making almost enough money to support myself full-time…
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Late in 2000 my husband and I decided to go.
We could finally see our way clear to living our dream of long-term travel. Having sold our business and with two sons out the door, one entering his last year of high school and the youngest going into grade six, it all seemed possible.
To others, it may have made more sense to wait, at least a year, but we planned and went. We bet on the present over the future and, as you’ll see, we won.
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Dave & Ayngelina

I left what others defined as a successful life – long-term relationship, great career, apartment and friends.
But something was missing. I wasn’t happy. I was living someone else’s dream.
I longed for something more substantial so I sold my possessions, left the relationship and career. As much as I was afraid to, I was more afraid to regret not going…
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Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

I realize that for our many perpetual nomad friends, “living the travel dream” is all about never staying in one place for too long.
But, for us, happiness lies in the balance of work/play, rest/adventure, family/foreigners and home/travel.
After four long years of struggling to put all the pieces together, it’s incredibly rewarding to feel as if we finally understand how to solve the puzzle that makes our lives feel perfectly complete…
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Derek Earl Baron

Somehow along this crazy traveling adventure of mine, my life became so scattered that I forgot some of my principles.
I forgot some of my strongest beliefs and I definitely forgot about staying true to myself.
I was trying to live up to one image one day and another image the next, never even knowing myself which Earl, or Derek, should show up or would show up, when all along I should have just been the one and only ‘me’…
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I actually tried for an internal job transfer. Several times. I tried for nearly 9 months to remain on my predestined career path; I just wanted to do it elsewhere.
I tried and tried, but due to circumstances outside of my control, as close as I got (and trust me, I got very close), it just didn’t work out for me.
After wanting it for so long and trying so hard, to ultimately fail was a straw too many. I was promised more opportunities “next year.” But who knew what “next year” would be like. That’s when I knew it was time to quit…
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I spend anywhere from four to seven months out of every 12 on the road, including both far-flung international trips and closer-to-home jaunts around the United States (more common than the former these days).
Scotland was my first love, and it’s still one of my favorite places on the planet.
I’d move back there in a heartbeat if, you know, the sun ever actually came out to say hi…
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In 2006, I decided to take the plunge. I sold my financial planning practice in Toronto Canada, and got rid of all of my belongings in order to free myself up for the adventure of a lifetime.
Since early 2007, I’ve been on the road, traveling slowly through over 30 countries and five continents. I have lived a variety of lifestyles by working in trade for my accommodation.
My location independent writing career takes care of the rest of the expenses. As such, I can travel in a financially sustainable manner like this for as long as I wish…
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I long ago abandoned a career as a geologist, dietitian and hands on owner of a successful small business to follow my passion for travel, adventure and the outdoors.
Along the way I developed a love of photography.
Now travel isn’t complete without a camera. Recently I competed 100 outdoor adventures across Canada and wrote a book…
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In 2008 I set out to travel through South America. A few months later I found myself grazing through Southeast Asia. Money soon ran out, so I caught a flight from Manila to Bangkok and signed a contract to teach English for a year.
English teaching was not for me. But during that year, I set a goal that I would never teach again, and that I would find a way to make a living online, so I could travel and earn money at the same time.
It wasn’t easy. it took about 3 years before I really started making enough to live off…
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Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane.
After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home.
Right now, I am back on the road, down in Colombia…
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In 2009, we blindly moved from our 2,100 square foot house full of unnecessary goods into combined luggage space of 200 litres.
We then began a life of perpetual travel that has been endlessly fulfilling.
Quite simply put, we went from scraping the bottom of life’s deepest hole to blowing the roof off the top. And we have no plans to slow down. This life is too good…
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