Stephen is a backpacker who tried to be location free, but often finds home in Melbourne. Check out how this fellow Australian is Living The Dream.
What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?
My first country was Ireland. I was 22 and went with a college group. I mainly went because I have Irish Heritage and no one in my family had ever been to the “home land” before. In my arrogance I wanted to be the first, little did I know that my life was about to change forever.
When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?
I started during that trip to Ireland. The plane was descending, and as I stared out the window gazing at the emerald green Irish country side I got cold chills throughout my body, and I knew travelling would be a massive part of life.
Ha it's funny because the plane hadn’t even landed yet, so technically I hadn’t even started travelling, but somehow I knew travelling was the life for me.
Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?
I try to be location free. Most of the time I am on the road non-stop. I like to slow travel and really get to know a country. This lets me write backpacking travel tips that will help inspire others to travel.
However, Melbourne seems to have become my home base. I’m always floating in and out of there for a couple weeks at a time, in between travel plans.
How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?
I make money do odd jobs, freelance writing online. I’m currently writing a couple E Books and setting up services like Patreon. Which I just launched, and I hope will be a decent source of income in the future.
If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?
Never give up, and don’t stop dreaming big. When I first started traveling I missed a lot of wonderful opportunities because I thought there were unreachable, and impossible to achieve. I don’t think that way anymore. I try to live in the moment, and challenge myself to be a better traveler, and person.
What does "Living The Dream" mean to you?
For me living the dream is seeing the world, and having adventures. But it is also much more than that. It is a mindset, and personal code. I believe that as long as you are chasing after your passion, dreaming big, and never giving up, then you are living the dream.