I sold all my things and packed everything I owned into a suitcase to travel the world

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Travelling the world full time, I meet many like-minded individuals who love to travel, love to explore the world, have a keen sense of adventure, and like me, believe travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

But no matter how many conversations we have about our favourite places in the world, cities we could see ourselves living in, or what’s currently at the top of our bucket list, the conversation almost always turns to ‘reality’.

At least once a day I am met with the words ‘you have my dream job!’, and believe me, I still pinch myself each and every day — I’m living my dream life.

But what still shocks me is the amount of people who speak of their dream to travel the world and escape their reality, yet are still afraid to take the plunge and give it a go.

Point blank: not everyone can have a career where they are paid to travel the world and I’m truly very thankful for my job and the opportunities that have come from ‘being’ World of Wanderlust.

But there are so many other ways to travel the world full time or at least part of the year.

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How to leave your reality and live your dreams


Become an Expat

If you love travelling to new places and experiencing a unique culture, diverse people, different language and a history different to your own, then there’s nothing stopping you from picking up your life back at home and creating a new one overseas. As an Australian, it is very difficult to travel abroad frequently due to the long flight times and consequential expense of flights. So what’s the answer? Move and work abroad! It is now easier than ever to live as an expat in a foreign country with the effects of globalisation effectively making the entire world a smaller place.

Study Abroad

If you’re still at school or university, this is the perfect opportunity for you to take advantage of study abroad programs and scholarships in order to assist with your dream to live abroad. You can choose to either study abroad for a semester or an entire year, but just make sure to carefully consider the native language of the country you are travelling to as you won’t have much luck studying in German if you don’t already speak the language!

Become a Tour Guide

If you like travelling extensively in a particular region or enjoy partaking in activities involved in a typical holiday scenario, then you may just have your dream career right here! Tour guides get to showcase a country or region to a new group of people every cycle, so while it can be draining it can also be very rewarding if you are passionate about the region! There are a number of companies hiring tour guides seasonally – some first points of call include Contiki, Bus About, and G Adventures.

Become a yachtie, ski instructor, nanny or another temporary/seasonal position

So you want a challenge? Consider a seasonal job abroad as a yachtie, ski instructor, or perhaps even a family nanny. There are many jobs available year-round so be sure to do your research and discover what best suits your personality.

Save for a year & travel for a year

Just want to travel for an extended period of time without working? Get saving! I have previously stated that it is possible to travel the world for between $15,000-$20,000 per year, which is certainly not an unattainable figure after a year of full-time work (if you SAVE not SPEND).

So what are you waiting for? The world is yours if you really want it!

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    November 12, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I was in Bled the last week and the lake is so beautiful. I loved it.
    After my garduation I want to travel the world and I also think about traveling alone.

    Rhiannon Sawbridge
    September 11, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Beautiful photos and great piece!

    Rhiannon Sawbridge
    September 11, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Fantastic photos!

    September 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This is a very inspiring article and I admire you for pursuing your dream !
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    Nick Galluzzo
    September 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Brooke, this is great, I always tell people the best way to see the world is to travel slow, it’s hard to experience much from only staying a few days in each country. Teaching abroad is the way to go, it gives you the opportunity to travel, experience a different culture, and make money.

    The hardest part of starting a travel addiction is just finding the courage to book your first flight out.

    September 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Well done, loved the article. As a mother of 4 school aged children, although I cannot travel much..I can read your articles and dream a little xx

    August 29, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Thank you for this post! Your blog is inspiring. Sending good vibes to you from San Diego, CA !

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    August 29, 2014 at 4:23 am

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    Rana Singh
    August 28, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Such a lovely blog you have. Cheers

    August 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is too cool, Brooke! It’s a dream of mine to travel the world and I always get caught up in the demands of my current career. I absolutely love my job, but at the same time I really want to travel abroad for a few months. Gosh, it sounds like I have some planning to do!

    Rich - RichyFeet
    August 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! I took the plunge 3 months ago and am not looking back… Still a few things to iron out to really make it possible long term, but everything begins somewhere. If you believe it’s possible, it will become reality!

    August 26, 2014 at 3:04 am

    This is awesome! It gives me hope 🙂 Thanks for laying out my options for me!

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    August 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for these great tips. All very good ways!

    Kayti Clayton
    August 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I recently discovered your blog and I am in love. I am currently saving (and hating my job but making myself suffer through it) to leave next Summer to backpack Europe for a year. Your posts are really inspiring, keep up the good work.

    August 24, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I’m an american high-school senior primarily looking at european colleges to attend, and I am so freaking excited! So many people I meet think it’s not possible, but it really is right in reach. I am so excited that next year this time I should be packing up and going across the pond for the next four years of my life, and I just can’t wrap my head around all the people who tell me they wish they could do the same. Why not?! Even if you don’t want to become an expat (as I do) travel for some of the time, the world is too darn big to stay in one place your whole life!

    Madeline Fedmont
    August 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I agree! I would also add books and travel are the only things you can buy that make you richer! I hope to travel to +20 countries soon. Traveling makes me so happy 🙂

    August 24, 2014 at 4:51 am

    The first big trip i had was to Australia, and it was part of studying abroad ! I did spend a lot of my saving (pretty much all of it actually, wouldn’t do that again now) but it was a once in a life opportunity where every part of it matched the plan. Would do it all again at the same age, but 8 years later, different life, different possibilities (but still many of them) !

    I think you forgot : do short trips once a year for those who can’t afford (money of situation) to go on the road for months. It’s still a great experience, even though you come back tired from your holidays… Like 2 to 3 weeks for one part of a region or a country is do-able.

    Department of Wandering
    August 24, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Becoming an expat is what I did and I have never looked back! Moving to Berlin a year ago has enabled me to travel to new cities more frequently than I ever would have imagined. In the past twelve months, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Paris, London, Istanbul, Greece, Croatia, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Prague, Austria, Rome among others. A lot of these trips have been fit into weekends or long-weekends too– one of the perks of living and working in Europe.

    Expat life is truly incredible 🙂

    Renate @ Renate's Travels
    August 24, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Many great ideas! You DO have my dream job though, haha.

    Despite working/studying I still find time to travel to new places many times per year. Last year I traveled to 10 new countries, and this year is looking quite good as well. I’ve been to Thailand, Myanmar, Iceland, Morocco, The Netherlands, Germany and the US so far in 2014, and soon I’m off to Albania, Macedonia and Slovenia – and then Australia.

    Everything is possible as long as one works hard, and never stops dreaming!!

    August 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I am moving to London on Monday whoo hoo! xx

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    Holly Sparkle
    August 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I’m planning to live abroad next year, it’s a little bit terrifying but hopefully it’ll be worth it for the adventure!

    August 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I love your photo ♥ The beautiful view is stunning 🙂

    I have my problems with leaving my daily life behind and travel, I always feel like I am not productive and I have to confess that I am a workaholic 🙁

    August 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    This is a really great article! I try to travel as often as I can, and I have studied abroad twice and worked abroad for a year! Not everyone can travel for a living, like you say, but anyone can grab an opportunity to really experience another country for a while 🙂

    If you’re not from the US, and would like to experience the States my number 1 tip is to look at Disney’s International Program, which is a great work opportunity that lets you live and work in Disney World, Florida for a year. I have blogged about my experience on the program here: 🙂

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    August 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Such a amazing place for visit. thanks for sharing nice views.

    August 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    This is awesome! My now fiance and I have a plan to go away for a couple years when we are in our early thirties. Planning this makes it more bearable for us to only take short trips right now.

    August 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    The first option appeals a lot to me. And as a last resort, the “save then spend” while traveling for a year would work too! How do you overcome language barriers when traveling?

    Betty J. Ogburn
    August 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

    …Very well-stated!!…

    Sarah @ Seven Day Living
    August 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Great ideas. We’re currently saving to move into a van and wander the country for a bit. Perhaps after that we’ll give the expat thing a try.

  • awanderlustblog@OUTLOOK.COM'
    August 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

    have been looking at american summer camp jobs for next year and am saving in the meantime!

    August 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    such amazing photos!!

    August 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Absolutely love this! You need to just let it all go and lead with your heart 🙂

    August 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Hey Brooke, just FYI – saving $15K-$20K in one year is unattainable for many people.
    If you’re earning $45K a year it’s unlikely you’d reach that level of savings.
    Living costs aren’t cheap in many cities.
    I know you say before becoming WoW you had saved all your money for traveling but by the looks of things you had the added bonus of living with your parents which would’ve subsidized many life costs. This is why it seems attainable to you.

    For people who don’t have that luxury – to save that amount would be a challenge and far less attainable.

    Lee @ Modern Granola
    August 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

    this is cool. very inspirational. thanks for the post 🙂

    August 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Great tips! Being an expat is a very good way to travel but still earn money.

    I spent last year living and teaching English in Italy. This year I will be in Madrid where I did my year abroad. Teaching English really opens many doors for you to live in another country.

    August 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Lake bled is just so beautiful, isn’t it? I was there a few weeks ago and the water and views were just divine.

    Great post.