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There are many reasons we keep ourselves from heading out into the world.

Not enough money. Not enough time. I have to work on my career. I’ll get to it when I’m older.

The truth is that the external realities are rarely the reason we choose to stay in a job, relationship, or 30 year mortgage. It’s our internal inability to make that leap of faith; to deal with the uncertainty that comes along with a life on the move, with little more than the clothes on your back and your items in your bag.

Here are 12 websites filled with 12 people who decided to make that leap.

1. Down The Road

Quote: “We are Tim and Cindie Travis, an ordinary American couple who decided to live out our dreams. We saved our money, quit our jobs, sold our possessions, and set off to travel around the world by bicycle. We left our home in Arizona, USA on March 31, 2002 and have been on the road ever since. Our plan is to continue to bicycle tour and travel for the next several years.”

2. Gone Walkabout

Quote: “The term Walkabout comes from the Australian Aboriginal. The idea is that a person can get so caught up in one’s work, obligations and duties that the truly important parts of one’s self become lost. From there it is a downward spiral as one gets farther and farther from the true self. A crisis situation usually develops that awakens the wayward to the absent true self.

It is at this time that one must go on walkabout. All possessions are left behind (except for essential items) and one starts walking.

Metaphorically speaking, the journey goes on until you meet yourself. Once you find yourself, you sit down and have a long talk about what one has learned, felt and done in each other’s absence. One talks until there is nothing left to say — the truly important things cannot be said.

If one is lucky, after everything has been said and unsaid, one looks up and sees only one person instead of the previous two.”

3. Modern Gonzo

Quote: “My tiny Modern Gonzo has now become a horde of inspiration from my journeys to over 50 countries (and counting) on 6 continents. I built and maintain the site myself, for I’m certain that within its pages lies a spark that can help others fire up their dreams too. Things appear to happen for a reason after all. You hear about these dream stories, and then one day, you wake up and find yourself living one. ”

4. Expedition 360

Quote: “I had absolutely no interest in the watery sections of such a proposal, having always failed to be convinced by recreational mariners of the supposed fun to be derived from being cold, wet and seasick all at the same time and for extended periods of time.

But the overland sections sounded intriguing: my head was filled with wildly romantic images of riding bicycles across the steppes of central Asia, trekking through the frozen wilderness of the Himalayas, staring into the flames of a roaring campfire after a hard day hacking our way through the Amazon jungle.

And the 2 years the expedition was projected to take traveling through predominantly warmer climes sounded like a welcome escape from that cold, wet island known to us natives as England.”

5. Let Me Stay For A Day

Quote: “My name is Ramon Stoppelenburg . When I was 24 I left my house in The Netherlands, on May 1, 2001, with a backpack filled with clothing, a digital camera, a laptop, and a mobile phone. From May 2001 to July 2003 I traveled the world without any money, visiting people who invited me over through this website. I crossed distance with my thumb or with help of sponsors and supporters. In return for all support I wrote about this all in my daily reports on this website.”

6. Mark Moxon

Quote: “In early 1995 I visited a friend who had just bought a new house. I remember it quite clearly: at the top of the stairs he had a perfectly formed bathroom in which I had what can only be described as a religious experience. The bathroom was one hundred per cent peach. It had a peach-coloured bath, a peach toilet, peach tiles on the wall and a peach basin on which sat a bar of peach-scented soap.

Hanging on the racks were fluffy peach hand towels that neatly matched the peach carpet below, and sitting on the windowsill was a bowl full of peach-coloured potpourri. I realised then and there that if I didn’t do something pretty radical, I was going to end up with a peach bathroom all of my own, and the thought filled me with dread.”

7. Where The Hell Is Matt?

Quote: “Matt is a 29-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. He achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around the planet until it ran out.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt the idea of dancing everywhere he went and recording it on his camera. This turned out to be a very good idea. Now Matt is quasi-famous as “That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I’ll send you the link. It’s funny.”

8. Hitch50

Quote: “Why are we doing this? We both just graduated college and didn’t exactly pursue the typical business jobs our classmates were chasing, so we needed something to do. Something fun to do, which involved traveling and meeting people and sharing experiences with them. So… we decided to hitchhike to every state capital, in 50 days or less. This gives us the opportunity to meet fun people and see fun places all over the USA.

As much as we’re into seeing all the great places we’ll visit, we’re even more excited to meet the people that will take us to those places. Hitch50 isn’t really a project about places; it’s about people. Are you one of those people?”

9. Vagabonding

Quote: “I view travel as life’s great educator. There’s no better way to learn about people and nature and your place in the world.

I got hooked on travel during my final semester in college, when I studied literature and theater in London. After school ended, I stayed in Europe for a year, working at pubs, record stores, and Italian restaurants to fund further travel. I managed to get as far south as Morocco and as far east as Turkey.

Those dramatic, vivid destinations fueled my appetite for more travel, more experiences, further-flung places. The more you travel, the more you realize how little you’ve seen.

I came home from Europe penniless and began to write for a newspaper in my hometown. These vagabonding dreams were born at that newspaper. I figured I’d travel around the world and write a column for the paper as I went. Of course, travel is hard to fund on a bottom-rung journalist’s salary.

I took a job in Chicago a little later, writing copy for web sites. I’d never seen a web page, had never sent an email before that job. It doesn’t seem like a day’s gone past since I haven’t. I bought the URL while at that job. That was 1998.”

10. The Travel Junkie

Quote: “My year around-the-world taught me a lot of things: never turn down an invitation, bargain hard and always carry a roll of toilet paper. Most of all, travelling made me globally aware.

I learned about abducted child soldiers in Northern Uganda; the loss of indigenous culture in Tanzania; the construction of the “separation wall,” also dubbed the “apartheid wall,” across the disputed Israeli-Palestinian land. I learned that the Turkish government has been accused of denying the Armenian genocide; that despite the AIDS epidemic in Africa, humanitarian aid money often doesn’t reach the people it is supposed to help. I learned about the persecution of the Falun Gong and saw the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.

I may be a McGill University graduate but travel has been the ultimate education. My trip has given me a deeper understanding of what’s going on in the world and where I fit within it.”

11. The Argonauts

Quote: “Ask yourself this question, “If you could do anything — anything in the world — what would you do?” You can guess my answer. I feel that life is a gift and that I have only one chance to live. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

And, to be honest, I had more than my fair share of angst and riding around the world was the only option I could see to overcome my malaise and become (or is that prove) to the world who I thought I “should” be.”

12. Goliath Expedition

Quote: “Many years ago, when based with the Army in Dover, I would stand on the white cliffs looking out across the English Channel at the distant shores of France in wonder.

I swear, some days I could almost see a ragged figure looking back at me, a spectre from my future. I could not help but wonder what he had seen along the way and who he was now. It was difficult to imagine what he’d given to get to that point. What would he be thinking, looking back across the Channel at that young paratrooper on the other side?

Well now my life is all about closing that loop. It’s about standing in France looking across the Channel at the White Cliffs of Dover. Maybe I’ll be able to spot that young man so eager to prove himself, prove that he could hold his own and go the distance. Prove it to himself more than anyone else…

One day I will stand on the coast of France, closing the loop and you will be there with me.”

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Are they any websites I missed that have inspired you to go traveling? Please share them in the comments.



About The Author

Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie is the founder and former editor of Brave New Traveler. He is Head of Video at Matador Network. Ian is also an independent filmmaker, with his first feature (One Week Job) released in 2010. His more recent projects include Sacred Economics and Occupy Love.

  • Ramon

    Ha, great list! Thanks for the plug :-)

  • Gsp

    Hi Ian,

    Excellent article…I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of websites you listed that I was already looking at…and in answer to your final comment/question “Are they any websites I missed that have inspired you to go traveling?” the following have inspired me tremendously (not that I needed much encouragement to begin with): …more the story as I watched it on TV than the website I guess. …related to the one above. …Tim Ferriss’s idea of
    mini-retirements in particular struck a real chord with me – I’d always felt there was something missing from or slightly superficial about the idea of backpacking/vagabonding as most people know it. I’d always said I’d rather experience a place by living and working there for a few months, rather than the ususal backpacking approach, but wasn’t quite so keen on working my usual dayjob – the mini-retirement is the answer I was looking for, staring me in the face all this time!

  • Dan

    What a great list! Thanks for erasing the productive morning I had planned… :)

    Other websites: – just the name itself is pretty inspiring!

  • tom

    This is my travel website. Hope to inspire more world travelers. I am up to 38 countries and 32 states now.
    Please sign guestbook.

  • Marcus

    Hawaii is a hard place to escape from because it’s paradise. I got addicted to travel ever since I studied abroad in England. Originally, my stories began as e-mails I sent to my friends while I backpacked around Europe. Then I switched to a running a blog when I moved to Asia.

    You can read my blog at:

  • Francis

    Great to know there’s so many other people taking brave steps to travel the world. I hope to continue travelling myself and have this facebook group to keep me inspired. Would love to hear from you.

    I’m totally broke and in debt from travelling but it was totally worth it

  • Lusine Stepanian

    What I love about your website is that it connects like-minded individuals and gives everyone the opportunity to share their own travel addiction, and THAT is what inspires me to travel: the urge to pack and fly away, knowing that when you come back you can inspire others with your stories and websites.

    Maybe this one will inspire as well:

  • Pamela Slim

    Great list, I love it!

    I also recommend which is a blog written by two “location independent professionals” who travel the world and run their freelancing businesses virtually.

    I look forward to reading the others on your list!


  • Terry

    Thanks for the list of good stuff to read!

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  • Soultravelers3

    Great list!

    BUT you didn’t list any families touring the world!! We have been traveling the world as a family since 2006 and live large on just 25K total costs/ a year. We have been to 4 continents, 29 countries and traveled over 76,000 miles so far ( most overland) and have taken every type of transportation from freighter ships to camels!

    Over 2 million people have viewed our soutlravelers3 Youtube channel, National Geographic called us “one of the best travel family blogs in cyberspace” and we just won TWO Lonely Planet Travel Awards!

    Our daughter was 5 when we began and now she is 8 1/2 & getting the best possible education for a global citizen of the 21st century via world travel, deep immersion and the multitude of online opportunities from her piano lessons with a teacher on a different continent to CTY online classes with John Hopkin’s University!

    We want people to know that this is not just for singles or couples, but the freedom of extended travel is also a GREAT option for families!!

  • Sam

    you missed one that is in my opinion probably one of the most amazing

    Frenchman who hitch-hiked around the world in 5 years

  • Traveling Wedding Photographer, Amanda

    More travel blogs to read! I’m saving your website. ~Amanda

  • Traveling Wedding Photographer, Amanda

    Thanks for the website about the location independent professionals ! Another one to save!

  • Jason

    This site has been a funny and exciting to watch…yes, great HD footage.

  • Dave and Deb

    Inspirational to say the least. We have traveled extensively to 37 countries, and want to take the next step like these people listed above. Wow, to travel for years at a time is a dream. Hopefully, by following their lead, we will be on the road soon with no end to our travels in sight.

  • pearl

    My husband Chandra and I lived in a little island called Penang in Malaysia. If you ever come this way, do stay with us. We will take you around and eat our famous Penang food with us. I might even cook some meals for you which I know is unforgettable.

    Just pop me a line in my

    Peace to the world.

  • Ylenia

    THANK YOU!!! :D

  • guest

    very very shocked you left out

    • Ian MacKenzie

      @guest – These are personal travel websites. Not travel communities.

  • Pulkit

    Wow, these websites inspire me. My hubby and I are hoping to take off soon too. Perhaps to Africa, hopefully to Africa. Make my dream come true someone. Anyone know of anyplace I could go teach English in Africa?

  • Michaela Potter

    I was first introduced to Otts World by a colleague and became very envious of Sherry Ott’s 16-month round-the world travels:

    Her writing style easily draws you in and every post is insightful and touching. It was especially refreshing to hear of a fellow American willing to quit their corporate job to hit the road and live out of a backpack.

    Even though her original travels are over, Sherry continues to inspire as she follows the “contract” items she made for herself upon her return – including getting her CELTA certificate and to live abroad. She is now teaching ESL in Vietnam and blogging about life as an expat. Her “Motorbike Diaries” are especially entertaining as she learns to navigate the streets of HCMC like a true local – on motorbike.

    And I’ve been fortunate to have connected with Sherry outside of the blogging-world and we have partnered up to help inspire other corporate Americans looking to take a career break and travel like her:

  • Mo

    One more:, though it hasn’t been updated since October. His wife, though, posted last week:

  • Technomadia

    What an awesome collection of traveling folks.. some we’ve connected with, and others we haven’t.

    There are so many ways to make this sort of lifestyle redesign… from traveling the world, back-packing, biking, RVing, etc. And you can do it and still earn an income – you don’t have to be retired!

    We’re a mid-30s couple that has been traveling the USA via a small solar powered geeked out travel trailer with our kitten for the past 2 years. We do various tech and marketing consulting as we go, generally remotely and location independent.

    We’re often told that we’re leaving people’s dream.. and when we ask them why they’re not out there doing it, they usually have a list of excuses keeping them back. We’re starting to address those excuses on our website:

    - Cherie /

  • Em Townsend

    and here is another person to inspire you. . . .
    It’s my MOM! and when she retired ten years ago, she said she wanted to see the world, and see it she did. She has visited 7 continents; thrown a snow ball at penguins in Antartctica, safaried in Africa, taught English in China, followed the Silk Route, bartered in Bali, gotten sick in South America, helped sign a death certificate for a fellow traveler in India, and so much more – now at an age of almost 80, she is still wandering the globe — here is her website where she tells all:

  • Ryukyu Mike

    Super list and follow-on posts. Thought I’d try writing today, but now I’m too busy reading!

  • Jenna

    Fantastic list. It’s nice to see so many people who know there’s more than just a normal life out there.

  • Brendon

    Nice collection of sites. Inspires me even more to get back on the road after my 3 month in-trip break and to focus more on regular updates to my own site at

  • Kaitlin Mills

    Thanks for the websites, it’s a good article. It will keep me busy until I can start travelling again. I espically like

  • La Digue

    These people must have been really courageous to accept leaving everything to go and travel the world. Hats off to everyone, especially the couple who trot the world by bicycle and the guy who had no money at all but managed to move around the globe thanks to sponsors and people he knew through websites. All in all every person you’ve mentioned in this post have done something unique that few people can do. When i read through this post i remember a movie called ‘Into the Wild’ featuring a young man although brilliant at his studies, preferred to travel the world without anything, just to cut off from the materialistic world and live like a free man.

  • anne

    Damn. I wish I had the courage to follow my (travellin’) heart! A little extra loot wouldn’t hurt, either!

    Here’s another traveler’s story… very much a freespirit and an amazing person, though I can’t claim to know that privilege from first-hand experience.

  • CWhoa

    Only one woman? Yipers. Can you do a piece on single women travel blogs? I would like that. Mostly because I would like more encouragement to do it myself.

  • Silvia_Oz

    Hey Im a woman (26) and Ive been in 21 countries and more counting soon! Leaving to Australia in 3 months.. :) Now Im working on my own website filling in with a lot of useful contect about backpacking and travelling.

    The only one who stops you from travelling… is YOU!

    Good luck and peace….


  • janos
    a polish couple hitchhiked the world in 5 years, really interesting and enjoying to read their story, and u can read their book too called Led by destiny

  • William Wallace

    The bottom line, is that if any of those guys can do it anybody can, because none of them are anything special. The difference is that they got off their asses and did it.

    Do not be jealous of these people, carve out your own path, it isn’t that difficult if you really want to do it, stop finding excuses.

  • SilviaOz

    Im absolutely agree with you ^^

  • Gary Meldrum

    words of wisdom, thank you.

  • Brian

    I’m attempting to take on this travel/nomad type lifestyle, and needed a little more reading material, so this list is great and will be added to my Google Reader shortly! For an addition, I do like; not for the travel material, but for how Kirsty finances all of the traveling she does.

  • Laura Giliberti

    Love reading all the articles, and comments..and yes they ARE inspiring.
    However–its not just a matter of chucking it all in and going out on the open road..that might even be the easy part.
    Sometimes, you have to make choices that involve sacrifice–because for whatever reason the time is not RIGHT for you to do any chucking!
    Things I can think of…aging parents, who need you at home and /or young children that you cant take away from their father ( your ex)
    So no, everyone that wants to CANT do it. And perhaps, it takes more courage to stay Home.
    The best i can do, given my situation–is to eke out a few adventure experiences every holiday I get…the longest I can get away for, without my daughter is about…3 weeks. I cant take her out of the country for more than 4 weeks at a time…so that limits me. Its not a cross, its a choice. Its a responsiblity. My time will come

  • Angeline Munoz

    RE: “Not Enough Money, I’ll get to it when I’m older”……All of a sudden I was 62 in June. Guess what….I’m older and I’m just getting to it. I’ve developed somewhat of a panic now thinking “so little time to get to it” and why did I not go out and make that leap of faith sooner? Yes, there were four kids, a husband and parents to think about, but still, things can be worked out. That rear view mirror works so well. I hope all the young kids of today go for it now!

  • Jole

    Does white first world people need to label, control, organize and road everything?
    Like blog the world. Put the unlimmited into frames? To do that you have to quartered it. Do you feel the undone, unframed like an agression to you?

  • Extreme Telecommuting

    These guys will make you think about what really is important, and maybe even dream a bit.

  • Laverne Bissky

    Good list, but definitely needs some diversity. So I would like to throw in our family’s website: We have travelled for months at a time, most recently in SE Asia. This is no small feat when you have a child who is a wheelchair user!

  • the candy trail

    A true global nomad – wandering across 100+ countries – since 1988 … presently on route to Cuba. Crazy travels – aressted in Saddam´s Iraq, hitching the Sahara, drugged, robbed abducted in Russia. Travel photos & video.Totally original take on travel.

  • Antoine

    Not quite the same sort of travel site as the ones listed here but my recommendation is for the Unexpected Traveller:

    He travels a lot for work (which must be great and annoying in equal measures) and this blog is all about the unusual situations he finds himself in.


  • IsabellesTravel

    I saw some great websites or travelers I already knew about, like ‘where the hell is Matt?’. Loved what he did and also some travelers in the comments. But I’m glad I got to learn about a few new ones too. Thanks for sharing this list!

  • Whitney

    I have a similar story like the 12 travel sites you have listed above, except I decided to travel after 6 years of working in corporate marketing. I started a small marketing consulting business a couple years ago, worked over 80 hours a week and decided to take a break- I had accomplished a lot in my marketing/business career but felt there was something missing with me. I needed to travel and see the world.

    So…here I am, unemployed and loving every minute of it! I am currently traveling the Netherlands and plan to travel all over europe this year. At the moment I am staying with some friends at their place in Amsterdam.

    You can visit my travel blog at:

    Thank you for sharing your website!

  • Kallen Johnstone

    A very inspiring list. It’s stories like these that make me happy to be out on the open road!
    Breaking the shackles of an ordinary 9 to 5 office job, so very liberating!

    Keep up the good work.

  • Alison

    Thanks for the links.

    I’ve been traveling the USA with my dog solo for the past two years.

    I’ve enjoyed this journey and sharing pictures with you!

  • Jorrit

    If my wife, Nicky, and I check out one of these sites per night, we should gain the courage to take the plunge again and head out into the wide blue yonder. Great inspiration!

  • maryjo Fister

    Great list, and some inspiring stories! We, too, have been traveling, from Australia to the UK and Costra Rica to Canada! This is our time to travel, and we have a website we are recording our adventures on for ourselves and anyone else who is interested. It’s Check it out!

  • Harry,

    The world Exposed in words & Vision: , a photography blog.

    And , our current site about cycling from Alaska – Ushuaia, the long way :)

    Oh, and for outdoor & climbing enthusiasts: , though you might need an extra job first :)

  • Thomas

    You need to check out, this cycled around the world for 4 years and has written 2 books about his experiences!!

  • Justin Jones

    You forgot !

    on a short travel haitus at the moment, but hitting the road again soon enough!

  • http://2girls1camper Jamie

    This is my friends website. They are looking to go on an adventure like this but the travel stories they have so far are really funny!

  • Eric

    This is a really cool google earth type website that has thousands upon thousands of pictures uploaded by country/region/county/city/town etc. etc. Would be a great place to add photos from everyone’s travels…


  • Joseph

    You all are white. Not everyone else can do the same.

    • Kristi Ambrose

      Hm? What does being white have to do with anything?

  • Kristi Ambrose

    See – I want to begin to travel, but I am really overwhelmed because there are SO many places TO travel. I wish I could find an online assistant, or.. I don’t know, a place to “start” so to speak.

    • maryjo Fister

      Hi Kristi – you might want to check out! It might help you plan for a trip! Let us know what you think.

  • http://www.landcruising Karin-Marijke

    At the end of September 2002 we were spending a day at the sauna, enjoying the Indian summer while sitting outdoors in the garden of the sauna complex. “If I go and travel through the world for two years, will you come with me?”, Coen asked suddenly. I looked at him: “Yes, right away”, I said and an enormous feeling of freedom overwhelmed me. I felt the warm rays of sunshine on my body, a heavy load fell off my shoulders and a wonderful sense of freedom returned; no pressure, no schedules, no more “yes boss”, just our own timing…

    It was a two-minute decision to sell everything we had. An antique Land Cruiser was to be our new home and still is. After 3.5 years in Asia we are currently exploring South America.
    Enjoy our adventures at

  • Dee Andrews

    Don’t forget families making the leap! Children are usually one of those reasons, along with the job and mortgage, that people use to not travel for extended times.

    It can be done as my family is testament… read on at

  • Layback

    “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
    — Chris McCandless

  • R. Chursinoff

    In response to being white and traveling:
    Being white, or coming from 1st world nations allows us access to 95% of the world’s countries. We arent barred from obtaining an entrance visa because it’s likely we like our life back home and won’t need to seek refuge because of poverty, war and disease. Try explaining to a poor person from a 3rd world country how they can find the funds and then obtain a visa to visit Canada or the US or Germany etc.
    But I guess it’s much less a skin colour issue than it is which country one comes from. Still. . .

  • eric

    How about ? Got to travel with those boys in Central America – now they have an amazing documentary up!

  • Travelling

    We arent fastened from obtaining an entry visa because it’s possible we equal our beingness place interior and won’t need to attempt sanctuary because of poverty, war and disease. Try explaining to a underprivileged person from a 3rd concern country how they can get the assets and then obtain a visa to trip Canada or the US or Germany etc.

  • Atlanta Carpet

    Wow…this article made me REALLY want to take a few weeks off of work! Wish I hadn’t read it on a Monday. Maybe I will take a quick walk at lunch…not much of a consolation prize.

    Great article.

  • Kash Bhattacharya

    Like to add Twitchhiker aka Paul’s Smith book to twitter hiking around the world as another great resource and inspiration to anyone thinking of quitting their day job and seeing the world…..

    I am travelling and seeing Europe via so yes it can be done with the right amount of passion and dedication…and determination

  • Will Crowthers

    Another great site that will make you want to quit and travel is –


  • Verenico

     Awesome sites I love this type of motivation!  Read my article on why and how to quit your job and go traveling!  Yes it is possible, just do it!

  • SDgirl

    Two twenty somethings living in a van and traveling around the USA: 

  • Roberta

    This one, there are tips from a lot of travelers from different places

  • Benaus

    we have all information about Turkey,you can visite our site and learn about Turkey and things to do in Turkey.If you do not know where to stay we can help to find hotels in turkey and also we help things to do in istanbul,find hotel for you in istanbul.Give you all information about tours in Istanbul and where to eat and drink.Also we help your rest of holinday.We recommend some places in Turkey such as Cappadocia,Antalya,Olympos,Kas,Fethiye,Selcuk,Pamukkale.

  • The Modern Nomad

    May I be so bold to suggest my own site, dedicated to 1) inspiring others to reach beyond a 9-5 life and 2) prove that a geo-independent nomadic life can be both sustainable and rewarding. (

  • Johnny Ward

    love this article, thanks so much for sharing, I can relate a lot, 28 years old, been on the road effectively since 2006! 

  • Cindy

    You missed one!  This is the website that made getting paid to travel possible for me:

  • Brian

    Came across this article a little after it was posted but it’s interesting to see how similar the goals are of these travelers to those doing similar projects present day(some of these still are which is great!) I think it shows that the restlessness of people hasn’t changed much, but there’s a new generation of traveler with even more tools to share their experience with the rest of the world–for those of us who haven’t left our job to explore…yet. 

  • RobsWritingResources

    Okay, I’m biased because it’s my website, but Sihanoukville is changing so fast even the online travel guidebooks can’t keep up with the changes. That’s why I started a couple of years ago. I’ve almost hit my 100th blog mark, so if you’re interested in this part of the world, you should be able to find something on my Sihanoukville Journal.

  • Primie Barcelona Anuengo

    I like the list! I’ll sure check these movies..

  • Danni Stor

    Why isn’t mine on this list?
    I hitch hiked across, then sailed most of the way around, Africa. The only thing that stopped me from circumnavigating it fully was pirates!

  • Dan Johnston

    Great list, thanks for sharing. Lots of inspiration to add to my own site.

  • Kunal Sumbly

    nice post.. Ian.. very informative..

  • Andre Augusto Spain,

  • Gotlieb Nakuumba

    Excellent article. It takes a lot of guts to pursue such a course, if you can.. you will have the best of life. Thanks again for the article.

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