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Beautiful Door and Keyhole - Travel Photography

August 19, 2013

beautiful inspiration - travel photography and rumi poems - unlock doors

Experiencing beauty around the world , inspiration and learning photography during our family world travels these last 8 years has been a big part of the joy for us. There is so much beauty in this world!

DOORS, WINDOWS AND BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE

Beautiful Doors and Travel

Paris Architecture

History and Doors in Spanish White Village

Southern France

Dar Saffarine in Morocco

Mykonos


Lovely Ljublijana

Two poems by Rumi to comtemplate too!

"You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It's too bad that you want to be someone else
You don't see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours"



"Travelers, it is late.
Life's sun is going to set.
During these brief days that you have strength,
be quick and spare no effort of your wings"



What door do you want to unluck and what will set you free?


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Amanda S

Hello,
I've been following your blog for a few years now. I've loved living vicariously through you. But I've also wanted so much to be able to do what you're doing with my little family of three. I've tried figuring out how we could earn the funds to do this but can't seem to find a viable way. I'm often weary of trying some of the digital nomad jobs that are suggested on the web. Do you know of any successful stories? Any suggestions? I'm becoming so disheartened thinking this will not become a reality since I'm no closer to accomplishing the goal as I was 3 years ago when I started dreaming and trying to find a way.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Hi Amanda,

So happy you have enjoyed reading our blog and I understand your frustration too about preparing for your own long term travels.

I suppose I should do a series or a book on this topic as well, but that is a time consuming job, so I just haven't. Plus there are sooo many resources online about this topic...have you tried DNA...digital nomad academy? Tell them I sent you if you go...some like that resource.

Don't get disheartened ...I know planning a long term trip can seem daunting and totally overwhelming...but there are now a TON of people doing it...even many families...so you can too. If there is a will there is always a way!

Alas, there are as many ways of doing it as there are people doing it..so each must find their own route.

I think the first step is saving money, living a frugal and minimalist life, clearing out "stuff" ( make money on your used items) and finding out ways to make a living on the move.

Have you looked into teaching English? This is one of the easiest and most popular ways to do this.Or if you or your husband have college degrees ..get jobs teaching at an international school in places like China or Korea and save up for a year or two from that base ( where all expenses and housing is covered)..plus vacation travel the area....then use that money earned to travel/live for a while.

If you own a home...some sell to get money, others rent it out to pay for travel.

Asia and South America are low cost living areas...so one finds a TON of people in these areas living this life and backpacking types living on little successfully.

Some even get rich ( like Tim Ferris or Chris Guillebeau...who have fab books on this topic with great tips) http://www.soultravelers3.com/2010/03/the-4hour-workweek-review-by-world-traveling-family-rich-global-digital-lifestyle-design.html

BUT most don't get rich...but do it for the freedom.

If you live simply in a cheap place ( or even expensive place)...rural areas are cheaper too and more family friendly as is slow travel...this is really doable for most anyone. You don't have to make the same kind of money you do in the USA or other expensive countries.

I've known a family of minimal means with 8 kids who did it, a single mom with 5 kids and parents with handicap kids who have done it, even a guy who did it for years on absolutely no money...so truly if there is a will there is a way.

I think it is good to have some savings to back you up, but some do it without and travel the world...some with kids...never knowing where the next buck is coming from.

Much depends on your comfort zone and goals. Like most people who retire early, we sacrificed for years and lived under our means...and still do...we watch every penny...as we know that is the key to our freedom...as we are not trust fund babies.

Today there is no safe place to keep or grow your saved money really, so even with that option there are risks.

Whether one travels or stays home, there are always risks and choices in life...and never any certainties.

A travel life will not take all problems away, and in fact, will add different ones and some will remain no matter where you are...as that is life.

So like most things in life...the fantasy of a travel lifestyle is different than the reality. You can't really know what that is until you do it.

For us it is a great choice..but obviously not every body loves this lifestyle..for this long.

I will say, that the thought of doing this is MUCH more intimidating than actually doing it. Before we left and sold our home, it seemed like an impossible goal.

Like most things in life, you get a plan, research how others have done it for ideas, then tweak for your specifics, then commit and DO it ( with flexibility and back up plans).

If it doesn't work out, you can go to plan B,C,D etc or go back home.

If we had not liked our choice...that is what we would have done...gone back home and made up a new plan...but obviously we like this better.

Hope that helps!

I do consulting via skype for $30/hr if you ever want to do that.

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