Covid has forced us to pause as a collective. Of course, writing these posts well before the quarantine and total pause on the travel industry, I have been left wondering if now is an opportune time to share this information with the world or not. The truth is, my aim is to help you create your lifestyle according to what lights you up and spend your time intentionally— and the process can begin anytime. Why not now?
I believe that this is an opportune time for reflection and forecasting how we want to spend our time when freedom of movement is an option again. Now that we have all realized the importance of not taking travel for granted, we can use the downtime to get intentional with our habits once borders begin to open up, and we regain flexibility and freedom.
Mother earth is encouraging us to slow down and reflect on our life paths and our choices. As a frequent traveler and adventure chaser, I’ll admit I’m sometimes guilty of seeking the next best thing. If we can shift our mindsets and see this time as a gift to reflect, we can constructively create our future lives starting right now!
The Daily Sunday is a blog designed to help you create more Sundays in your every day. Let’s look at how we can prepare for a location independent lifestyle from the comfort of our homes and use the quarantine to plan your next adventure!
1. Do the inner work & unblock limiting beliefs
Before I took my first trip, it took me about a year to plan and eventually get on the plane. We can spend this downtime doing the inner work, overcoming our limiting beliefs that perhaps tell us we can’t quit that 9-5, or that there’s no way we can travel solo! Let’s start with the inner work, the not so exciting parts of us that will not go away without our attention. COVID has given us the gift of less excuses.
One of my favorite resources for unblocking limiting beliefs and manifesting is Lacy’s work over at To Be Magnetic. It’s really helped me raise my self worth and manifest so many awesome things while traveling!
2. Get rid of your excess baggage, literally
Less is more, and true riches lies in experiences. Perhaps it’s time for you to clean out your closet, get rid of your trinkets you haven’t used in years, and clean out your apartment! This is super exciting and you can use the money towards your travel fund, when the time comes! I sold over $3,000 worth of things on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist before my first trip.
Selling clothes? Checkout Poshmark to list your closet from your phone.
Don’t want to bother listing all your stuff? There are also so many Facebook groups where you can give away your stuff, or swap with someone else. Search your city and then “free”, you’ll probably make someone’s day with your old flower pots (like me).
3. Envision our dreams into reality
Spending time journaling and daydreaming about our next destinations will only expedite it! Let’s read all the blog posts, Pinterest our hearts away, and plan for our next journey. We first have to see it in our minds and now is the perfect time to begin the research phase.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to visit SE Asia or Mexico, but have no clue where to start? Planning takes time, and the internet hosts a goldmine of information of preplanned travel itineraries for you to look at and map out your next steps 🙂
4. Buy a flight, even though…
Let’s use these low costs to our advantage and book a flight. Even though it might be a year in advance and somewhat unpredictable, most tickets are steeply reduced right now and also refundable. Perhaps we can take that first step and commit to a date… even if it’s subject to change, at least we’ve taken the first step and made the commitment to ourselves.
I have so many posts about becoming a digital nomad and quitting your 9-5. We can build the foundations of our business while sitting at home and begin mobilizing our talents to eventually become a freelancer.
Your next steps…
Want to become a digital nomad and work anywhere in the world? Start with my guide How to Be a Digital Nomad and Travel: 5 Steps to Freedom in 2020.
More questions? Check out The 5 Most Common Questions I Get As A Solo Traveler here.
How are you spending quarantine? Let me know in the comments below what steps you are taking towards living life (eventually) on your terms!