Imagine looking around your house and realizing that all your stuff—everything you’ve work so hard for—had just vanished. How would that feel? That’s exactly what happened to my husband and me five years ago.
There wasn’t a fire or a burglary. Nothing bad happened to us; we just made a conscious decision to sell all our stuff and live our lives out of a few suitcases.
So, why would we do such a thing? One word: freedom.
At the time, we worked very long hours and had only about four days off per month. We had acquired a ton of financial responsibilities because of our choices, and each month, after all of our bills were paid, we could barely even afford dinner out. I'll admit it: Since we didn’t have a ton of extra cash on hand, or time off work, we would constantly max out our credit cards to pay for trips and take time off work to go, even when we didn’t get paid for it.
That way of living made it difficult for us to get out of the hole, and we felt like we were always playing catchup.
One day, we looked around at our big house filled with stuff, all of our clothes, all of our things—and we realized we had created a life that felt kind of like a prison. It was robbing us of our true desires, so we decided to break free. In 2012, we made the radical decision to sell our home and all of our belongings, leave our full-time jobs, wave goodbye to friends and family, and hit the road.
Now, we work for three months at a time in health care, then take a couple of months off to explore our other passions and to travel the world. Over the last seven months, we've been to Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, San Francisco—the list goes on. Now, we are living debt-free, and we’ve managed to cut down on our monthly expenses quite a bit. We prefer to stay in Airbnbs wherever we go because it’s usually cheaper and it allows us to immerse ourselves in the culture right out of the gate. Even though we don’t have a stable, physical home, home has become the comfort within, and we bring that with us everywhere we go.
We’re not sure where this journey will lead us, but we have our two suitcases packed, and we're ready for anything. Here are the top four reasons we love our new lifestyle: