INSPIRATION comes full circle! IFC S2R6

jbreheny
jbreheny @jbreheny4 months ago | 8 min read

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Business has been slowing down at the tax office where we are working a seasonal work camping gig in Santa Fe, NM so I decide to take my laptop in to work and focus on our next blog post for our site Trippin Brehenys. I come up with the idea to do a post about the top reasons to start full-time traveling. I pull up a blank document and quickly come up with a total of 4 reasons and jot them down but then writers' block rears its ugly head and now I’m drawing a blank. I set the task aside in hopes that my subconscious will fill in the gaps over the next few days.

Sunday, March 10th, 201

Oh shit, that's right! Today is the day that the new post comes out from the IFC, my favorite contest here on Steemit. I log in and check this weeks post IFC Season 2, Round 6. Oh shit, the post came out yesterday (it's Saturday's, not Sunday's). I read through the post and think to myself "Oh shit, what am I supposed to write about in regards inspiration?" Sigh, oh well, I'll just set this thought aside and see what my subconscious mind can come up with.

Then, BOOM! It hits me. My subconscious mind just filled in the gap. I have just been inspired by @apolymask and his round 6 post to finish my blog post AND have immediately come up with a 5th reason to start full time traveling, to INSPIRE others.

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Well, that brings us to present day and here I sit finishing up my round 6 entry. The best news is that all of this inspiration has allowed me to buckle down and finish my post.

And so, without further ado and with much thanks to @apolymask and his post for round 6, I present to you our top 10 Reasons Why You Should Start Full-Time Traveling, TODAY!

Read below for the article or for the full experience check out the blog post on my website at:
Top 10 Reasons You Should Start Full-Time Traveling Today!

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For so many of us, it's easy to get caught up in the day to day grind. We often end up taking so many of the beautiful things around us for granted. Most of us want to travel, to see the world or even see and do more in our own back yards. Yet we find ourselves waking up each day and doing the same things over and over again.

In no particular order, here are our top 10 reasons why you should start full-time traveling TODAY!

1. Experience an Unending Sense of Adventure:
Traveling full time allows you to experience new things every day. Whether hiking through rugged terrain, kicking your feet up in some exotic locale or taking a wrong turn on the highway the sense of adventure that you feel every day is one of our top reasons to take the full-time plunge. When we first started out living and working from our RV we drove from Florida to Wyoming for our first ever workamping adventure in Yellowstone National Park. On the way, we stopped and visited places like the Badlands National Monument, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial. Once we got to Yellowstone and realized that we would be living and working there the entire summer we knew we had scored the adventure of a lifetime.

2. Broaden Your Horizons:
From learning new and exciting things to picking up new skills, there is no better way to broaden your horizons than full time traveling. When we first started talking about minimizing and packing up all of our belongings our son Nick The Travel Kid took a huge interest in geography. Nine months later and his interest in geography has grown into a passion.With each new place we visit, we learn exciting new things. From the history of our country to how landscapes were formed and everything in between. Oh, sure you can go online and learn about sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his involvement in creating Mount Rushmore but to see it in person makes the history come alive.

3. Learn new skills:
Since we started full-timing back in May of 2018 we have picked up new skills and done things we never imagined we would do. In Culbertson MT we ran a huge machine at a sugar beet piling site and are currently working in Santa Fe, New Mexico preparing personal tax returns. We are all also slowly learning to speak Spanish to get ready for future trips to Spanish speaking countries.

4. Meet new people and learn about different cultures:
Back in 2016, we took a ten day trip to Belize. We saw some incredible sights and met some very interesting people. This trip to Belize was really the beginning of our full-time adventure even though we didn't officially move out of our home until March of 2018. The primary language spoken in Belize is English and their currency is the U.S. dollar.
Little did we know until after we arrived at and started working in Yellowstone National Park that they hire many young people from all over the world through the J-1 Visa. We met and built some incredible friendships with people from all over the globe including here in the States.

5. Test your limits:
Let's be completely honest here; selling off a majority of your stuff, moving out of your home and striking out into the great unknown is not easy. It takes courage and commitment to step outside of your comfort zone. Making the decision to start full-time traveling isn't like deciding to change shampoo brands. You are making a major life change and there will be challenges along the way. The most important thing to remember here is that the rewards FAR outweigh the challenges.
Our son Nick the Travel Kid who is not a huge fan of heights tested his limits on a recent hike at the Bandelier National Monument by climbing series of ladders to the Alcove House. The Alcove House was once home to a small group of Ancestral Pueblo people.

6. Learn history:
There is no better way to learn the history of a place than fully immersing yourself into the actual environment itself. From Yellowstone National Park to Mount Rushmore to Bandelier National Monument and many more wonderous and exciting places, the history that we have learned has been nothing short of amazing. Unlike tuning in to The History Channel, the ability to touch, hear and see these places in person brings the history to life.

7. Strengthen family bonds:
Since embarking on our journey we have developed a stronger bond as a family. We spend more time together and whether working or playing, we do things as a team. Family hikes are a regular occurrence and our son Nick the Travel Kid regularly edits our videos and blog posts.

8. Experience freedom:
Simply put when you live in an RV you go where you want to go and if you don't like where you are then you go somewhere else. Really, it's that simple. We are free to "get up and move about the cabin" anytime, anywhere.

9. Simplify your life:
While we wouldn't exactly call ourselves minimalists we have definitely come to realize that more "stuff" isn't what makes us happy. This wasn't easy at first. Several months before we went full-time we went through our home and got rid of everything that we didn't want and then repeated the process a few weeks later and got rid of things that we didn't NEED. As it turns out we ended up doing this a couple of more times because as we simplified we found that we needed less. This was also a great way for us to not only make a little extra money by selling things we didn't want and/or need but we were also able to donate many things to others as well.

10. Inspire others:
We did not make the decision to move out of our home and into a travel trailer while traveling across the country lightly. At least a years worth of research and several months of planning were a precursor to the beginning of our big adventure. A big part of that research was reading blog posts and articles from other full-time travelers as well as watching a ton of Youtube videos. We learned a few things and were able to avoid some of the pitfalls that other full-time travelers experienced. Most importantly, by following the adventures and in some cases, misadventures of these people, nay, these explorers we were INSPIRED to strike out on our own and create our very own adventure. We hope to inspire your journeys.
Here at the Trippin Brehenys, it is our goal to Inspire, Educate and Entertain others who are looking to incorporate more travel into their lives.

Are you wondering what to do with your home while you pack up and hit the road?
Check out our post on How To Use Your Home To Fund Your Travels.

Also, be sure to follow our adventures at Trippin Travels.

Until next time, we'll be seeing you... On The Road!


Written by:
jbreheny

Full Time Traveler, Musician, Poet and Investor

Then, BOOM! It hits me. My subconscious mind just filled in the gap. I have just been inspired by @apolymask and his round 6 post to finish my blog post AND have immediately come up with a 5th reason to start full time traveling, to INSPIRE others.

That's awesome! I love it when things happen like that in a sort of synchronistic/serendipitous way. ;) It's happened so many times since I've started being more open to seeing it and especially with the IFC community.. It's kinda crazy to think about and now here's another one with you! Cool! Also I think that's great you're going to try to inspire others as well!

Traveling full time allows you to experience new things every day. Whether hiking through rugged terrain, kicking your feet up in some exotic locale or taking a wrong turn on the highway the sense of adventure that you feel every day is one of our top reasons to take the full-time plunge.

That sounds pretty awesome! I could totally see myself doing that in the future if I make more money in order to facilitate it.

When we first started talking about minimizing and packing up all of our belongings our son Nick The Travel Kid took a huge interest in geography. Nine months later and his interest in geography has grown into a passion.With each new place we visit, we learn exciting new things. From the history of our country to how landscapes were formed and everything in between. Oh, sure you can go online and learn about sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his involvement in creating Mount Rushmore but to see it in person makes the history come alive.

That's super cool! Your son is going to have a wealth of knowledge from all that that no amount of money could ever buy. And yeah, seeing those things for yourself is just so much different than reading about it or seeing it on TV or YouTube or whatever.

We are all also slowly learning to speak Spanish to get ready for future trips to Spanish speaking countries.

That's badass! I would love to learn another language, maybe some day!

We met and built some incredible friendships with people from all over the globe including here in the States.

Right on. :) I can see how that would be highly rewarding and perhaps one of the best aspects of such. Friendships are priceless and to meet so many different kinds of people from different places must be great.

Making the decision to start full-time traveling isn't like deciding to change shampoo brands. You are making a major life change and there will be challenges along the way. The most important thing to remember here is that the rewards FAR outweigh the challenges.

Indeed.. Not easy, but rarely are super important and valuable things easy from what I've seen and your adventure sounds like it is incredibly rewarding. I'm happy you had the courage to go for it! It's inspiring. :)

Since embarking on our journey we have developed a stronger bond as a family. We spend more time together and whether working or playing, we do things as a team.

Word! That's good to hear and I traveled a bit with my family when younger and especially my father on photography trips and those are some of the best memories of my life so I can definitely relate a bit there! :)

Simply put when you live in an RV you go where you want to go and if you don't like where you are then you go somewhere else. Really, it's that simple. We are free to "get up and move about the cabin" anytime, anywhere.

That must be nice! I feel rather stuck lately, I'm sure some travel would do me a lot of good! Though gotta make some paper first so to speak.

Most importantly, by following the adventures and in some cases, misadventures of these people, nay, these explorers we were INSPIRED to strike out on our own and create our very own adventure. We hope to inspire your journeys.
Here at the Trippin Brehenys, it is our goal to Inspire, Educate and Entertain others who are looking to incorporate more travel into their lives.

That's so cool that you're helping to inspire others with your journey! And I mean that's almost like the icing on the cake so to speak in addition to all the other great points you brought up, to then be able to share it with others is and potentially inspire them is awesome.

What a cool entry and epic adventure you are going on! I hope some day I can do similar especially if I have a kid or kids and go traveling with them. That would be super rewarding and satisfying and memorable and I wish you all the luck in the world on your grand adventure! Also I look forward to learning more about it in the future and being entertained, educated and inspired. :)

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jbreheny
jbreheny @jbreheny4 months ago

I'm glad you liked it, brother. Sometimes you've just got to make some adjustments to make things happen. It hasn't always been easy and making money while traveling continues to be a stressor but I think you nailed it down when you said "I love it when things happen like that in a sort of synchronistic/serendipitous way." I believe those things are going on a lot more than we notice. I know I sure feel it. Sometimes feel so weighed down by the mundane things in life.

We had the opportunity to meet up with some of the friends we made in Yellowstone on a recent trip back to our home state of FL, that was really cool.

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Word. And.. I'm sure it hasn't been easy at times and I wasn't implying it was all easy by any means just that I'm not personally in a situation financially to be able to do similar. I hope some day I am though, especially as a photographer it would be great to get pictures from many different places instead of just Sedona all the time.

Also agreed in regards to the synchronistic and serendipitous things and also feeling weighed down by mundane things at times.. And that's cool to hear you meat up with some friends you met while traveling! Cool. :)

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jbreheny
jbreheny @jbreheny4 months ago

If you ever decide to get away from civilization you might want to consider working at Yellowstone one summer. The company we worked for there had lodging and meals and the cost of those was taken directly out of your paycheck. Fairly minimal amounts too. If you ever do decide to do that I would recommend requesting to work in Mammoth which is in the northwestern portion of the park and is the best area for getting any kind of internet. You would love it.

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Word. That sounds like a cool idea! Thanks for the tip. :) I'll keep that in mind.

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leaky20
leaky20 @leaky204 months ago

Traveling is definitely inspiring to me as well. I dont think I could do it full time though. That seems like it would be challenging to pull off. You raise a lot of good points though. Maybe one day I'll be able to do this. Im hopeful.
Great post.

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jbreheny
jbreheny @jbreheny4 months ago

As Nike says "Just Do It"

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