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When travel strips us from our everyday cares, removes our social crutches and forces us to face the truth that there is no-one but ourselves for company one long and lonely night.
When there’s nothing, really nothing else we can be doing but waiting silently where we are…
We give ourselves permission to really let our thoughts fly…
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On our return to the UK, we found it very difficult to get back into the routine that we’d left.
The mortgage, the bills, the car, our accumulated junk, the tedious repetitiveness of the nine to five – having experienced the vastness of the world and all of the opportunity out there, we struggled to fit back into business as usual.
So we decided to head off again, but this time we left for good…
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Chris & Cherie

We delivered our Oliver with about a week’s notice, borrowed a small motorhome from a friend on the way and then jumped on Amtrak with a month long rail pass to travel the country in search of a vintage bus.
It was hectic and crazy, we had no plan.
We didn’t know terribly much about buses and we trusted completely in serendipity that we would be lead to where we needed to be…
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In 2005, we moved to London to find work and during those days, we explored the city like curious vultures and took vacations just like you did.
We started off with weekend jaunts to France, beach vacations in Greece, and cultural immersions in Morocco, but we wanted to go deeper and further.
Within a year and a half, we saved money and left our jobs to spend a few months volunteering in Tanzania with hopes of making a difference to the world…
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There’s already a lot written out there in this area: quitting your job, making money online, starting a business, vagabonding around the world, etc. A lot of it’s great.
But a lot of it doesn’t talk about the emotional realities — dealing with doubt, finding the motivation, addressing the strains on your friends and relationships.
I want to paint a realistic portrait of this life change. There are a lot of challenges, both mental and emotional, but I encourage you to take the leap…
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Laura & Cipri

12 years and 32 countries later, we’ve had some amazing experiences. And we’ve built countless memories that bring smiles on our face time and time again.
We had a super romantic dinner in the oldest restaurant in the world, fell in love with Japan, we became train travel experts while repeatedly Interrailing Europe and exploring Britain, and found a piece of lost paradise in Bali, among other things.
With every new place we discover and with every new experience, we open up more to the world and our bucket list grows longer…
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Having no wealthy benefactors, there was no way I could just ‘travel’ indefinitely. So I headed to the USA to work on a summer camp, then to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English.
Another couple of years of budget backpacking left my travel fund depleted (read: gone), and with online business dreams rumbling around my brain, I headed to Australia to work and save.
I headed to Africa with a one-way ticket, and now more than 100 countries later I don’t need to ‘work’ for anyone anymore. I’m as free as I could have ever dreamt and I love it…
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Talon Windwalker

Years ago when I was a young adult, I had a dream of raising my children in foreign countries and having them experience this amazing, large world.
After years of working in intensive care, trauma, and with the dying, my family & life motto became Vivez sans regrets! (Live without regrets!).
In that tradition, I decided now was the time to take my dream and make it a reality…
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After 36 years I left the corporate life I detested, strapped on a backpack and traveled solo around the world for six months, determined to visit the places I’d always wanted to see.
 I traveled without major plans, went wherever the wind blew me, took thousands of photos along the way and blogged about the places I visited. At the end of that trip, I returned to the States, but the travel bug had bitten me…hard.
By the end of 2009 I was traveling so much that it made no sense to maintain an apartment, so I sold or gave away my remaining furniture and hit the road full-time.
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We traveled 30,000 miles together; went to 20+ countries when we had no clue we would fall in love with travel; learned to scuba dive; made art; made interesting friends; had Burning Man change our lives.
From Mexico to Argentina, Iceland to Italy, Burning Man festivals and food trucks, we were non-stop for almost 2 years.
Now we’re back in Austin, starting our life again from square one. Does this mean an end to travel? Hell no. It just means we get to start designing our life the way it should have been in the beginning…
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Urooj Quresh

After eight years as a social entrepreneur, I was headhunted for an important non-profit organisation in Ottawa, Canada. But I had already made my decision: 30 March would be the last day I would “go to work”.
Growing up, my father – an airline manager – was often sent on international postings; meaning every three years we would move to a new school in a new city and learn new cultures and languages.
My parents spared no opportunity to go on family trips as well: I was just 11 the first time my friends and I camped with Bedouins in a Jordan desert…
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For three years, I took Spanish and surfing lessons in Costa Rica, rode through the narrow fjords and icy glaciers of the Chilean Patagonia, hiked up a snowy volcano in Ecuador, swam with dolphins off the coast of New Zealand, climbed high atop the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.
I sand-boarded the dunes of Dubai, kayaked between pristine islands of Belize, climbed like Moses to the top of Mt. Sinai, and successfully accomplished a two-week bicycle tour through the rice fields Vietnam.
I have also found work in many places—I served up coffee and sandwiches in a café in Melbourne, taught private business English lessons in Istanbul…
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When I was younger, I thought it would be impossible for me to travel to far flung places. But as time passed by, I realized that I shouldn’t stop believing in what I could do but instead stay positive and optimistic that I could achieve whatever I put my mind into.
My way of traveling kept on changing, from going to the usual resorts when I was still in school, to going to nearby provinces when I started working.
Then I started backpacking which changed my life forever…
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On this day in 2009, I left my office for the very last time. It was a Friday when I left and I remember walking out of my office for the last time with a million things rushing through my mind.
Did I manage to leave everything in good order? Was this really happening? Am I now without a job? Did I really just leave everything I ever worked for in hopes of trading it for a little more?
I remember almost ripping the steering wheel of my Mercedes on the way home when it finally it hit me at the first stoplight; I was in a most marvelously manic mood…
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I will never forget the first time I jumped into the water, or more accurately, the dive master pushed me in since I was so nervous! It’s incredibly difficult to willingly take that first leap into shark infested waters!
But once I relaxed, which admittedly took a few dives, I felt an incredible sense of gratitude for swimming alongside these magnificent creatures, one of the most misunderstood on the planet.
Here I was, easy prey, invading their habitat and yet they weren’t attacking me, even as the JAWS theme music played on loop in my head…
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Recently, I became a career breaker. Escape from the cubic farm, I am living my own life as a full time traveler and a full time blogger. It’s a tough job!
Two things at the same time… but, I’m loving every second of it. I opened Runaway Juno for sharing, learning and keeping up my dream of traveling the world.
Because it is a part of my life. The joy, thrilling moments, excitement, adventure and most of all, the life. I have to thank so many great bloggers out there now….
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In the summer of 2008 we made a bold decision, we traded our great jobs for a backpack and a checklist. It was a scary and exciting time, filled with every kind of emotion you can think of.
We were on the move every few days for over a year, from Peru to Japan to Jordan to Italy.
To this day, it remains one of the best experiences of our lives. The world opened our eyes to possibility and taught us that happiness is a state of mind.
Long-term, meaningful travel gave us the gift of confidence and clarity. It taught us to be patient and humble…
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I hit the age of 30 and quit my full-time job (snooze!) in the Australian media so I could travel the globe at my own pace and really experience the places I visit.
I had worked as a television and radio journalist for some of the country’s biggest broadcasters but I felt like there was more out there in the world.
I wanted to find stories that I was passionate about. I wanted to learn about other countries and share those experiences with everyone who was interested in the same things…
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