Often, you’ll hear me talking about following one’s dreams and travel in the same breath. But is travel for everyone? Definitely not. Travel is a great way to live an abundant, exciting life, but it’s certainly not the only way.

And it might not be your way. Or it might not be your way right now.

Travel is our dream. And with yesterday’s launch of my book, Exit Normal: How We Escaped With Our Family and Changed Our Life, I’m revisiting all the wonderful benefits of traveling with our family. We see now, more than ever before, that travel is a way to stretch ourselves beyond who we thought we could be. With the first of our big trips under our belt, we reached out of our comfort zones and realized strengths we didn’t know we had. In saving money for traveling instead of spending it on new furniture, more TVs, or more stuff, we said YES to experiences and NO to material items that only clutter our home and stifle our souls. We also love travel because it teaches us to be tolerant of people across the world. We’ve met so many interesting people along the way who we never would have met had we stayed at home.

Travel opened our minds, softened our hearts, and sharpened our senses.

Yes, I’m pumped about travel, which is fairly obvious to any of my readers. But I don’t ever mean to say that travel is the only way to follow your dreams. It is one of many ways to live your best life possible. Other ways might include:

  • Making a change in your job or career.
  • Improving your diet and exercise habits so you can feel healthier and more energetic.
  • Following your passion in art, scuba diving, stamp collecting, gardening, etc.
  • Learning to slow down.
  • Getting in touch with your own personal power.
  • Figuring out ways to feel happier day-to-day.

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Our travel experiences have led us on the path we were supposed to be on. But this was our path. It might not be yours.

The first step to making your ideal life a reality is to figure out what YOU want. The second is saying out loud to yourself: “I want my life to look like _____.” The third step is overcoming the many obstacles between you and the life of your dreams.

And last: pulling the trigger. And realizing that the only person standing between today’s reality and the life of your dreams is YOU.

If you can dream it, you can do it. Complacency is a silent killer. ‘Good enough’ is a phrase that can rob you of the joy you’re entitled to in your life. Don’t settle for mediocrity. You’re made for great things and you’re supposed to have (we’re ALL supposed to have) incredible experiences.

We forget this. We get wrapped up in our things and our schedule and what other people think of us. And we forget life is too short to waste time on these things. We forget the limitless potential we have as human beings. And we forget that the best time to start becoming our best self is this very moment.

What can you do today to start living the life you’re always wanted for yourself?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman