Money ≠ Happiness
Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding says, "The more we associate experience with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live." How do you put a price tag on the sound of your nephew's laughter, or the passing glimpse of a bird you've never before seen, or the look on the face of a wild bunny begging for carrots?
Hope ≠ Strategy
For years, Marvin and I discussed the idea of flying across the pond and backpacking our way through Europe, or buying an RV and traveling the US. But until we decided to take the plunge, sell and give away most of our possessions, and buy our tiny home, we continued in the same rut, running the rat race, requesting a few days off here and there and hoping for approval.
"The more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we're too poor to buy our freedom," Rolf Potts continues. If you tell yourself that you must have money in order to experience full-time travel, you will convince yourself that until you have $XX,XXX dollars in the bank, or you pay off your house, or your kids are through college, or your retirement money kicks in, or you can afford a 40-foot motorhome, the longer you will put off the experiences that long-term travel (whether regional, national, or international) has to offer.
If you desire a life of travel, change your mentality and put a plan in place. Stop telling yourself you can't afford your freedom. Give yourself a timeline. Downsize, downsize, and downsize again.