Posted 18 Sep, 2013 | 17 Comments
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Over the past few years, our lives have changed dramatically. First we left on an epic journey that completely transformed our outlook on the world and now we’ve been English Teachers. We’ve slowly weened ourselves off of 9-5 work and now our future looks brighter than ever.

We’ve recently started making some money from this and we now see the possibility to live life completely location independent. This new world is so exciting that we literally get giddy when we talk about our future.

But what is our future?

We’ve decided to take this trip and it will be our last trip. That’s right, no more trips… from now on we’re just living our life on the road. The word trip ensues that there will be a finite date on which it will end. There will be no end date for us. We want to be perpetual travellers! We love long trips, and although we know how to budget for a 1 year trip, it may be hard to budget our travels when on the road for an undetermined amount of time. We’ll have to cross that road when we come to it.

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Setting off on our last “trip”

We want to take the world as it comes at us and never really plan for anything anymore. We’d like to plan less for travel as well. If there’s no date which we have to be home, we believe that we will travel in a different way. We won’t have to rush to get from point A to point B and we’ll be able to just stop and live in cities we enjoy. Maybe spending a week here and a month there.

So what has enabled us to take this leap into a world of endless travel?

Nothing really. We’re not making enough from the website yet to support our travels and we didn’t inherit a ridiculous amount of money. We’ve just realized the power of “going with the flow” and how everything always works out.

There’s no reason why everything has to be planned. We as a species have been so conditioned to believe that you need to plan for your future and plan for retirement, many people even have plans to make plans. Why? 

Some people may argue that if we don’t plan for our retirement then we’ll end up 70 years old with no money, living on the streets. Is that really possible? We’ve lived our whole life with a financial cushion in our banks and we’ve found numerous ways to make money both online and remotely.

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Teaching English is a great way to make money overseas…and have fun while doing it!

Why would things be different at 70 years old?

We always put away some money for savings. Our cushion grows and the more it grows the more comfortable we feel. We’ll continue living our life with no plan until we decide that it’s no longer fulfilling. But I’m not sure when a life of experiences will cease to fulfill.

Could there ever be a time when diving with humpback whales is no longer interesting? Would new cultures ever become old? Will we tire of summitting mountain ranges, laying on beaches, swimming in waterfalls and exploring temples?

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How could we get tired of this?!

There may be a time when we need to settle down and relax again, and we’re not against that. We’re not saying that our lives are always going to be spent travelling the world, but we’re just going to continue to do what makes us happy.

We do know of people who are 60+ and still travelling the world on long trips. Our friend Bernie is always an inspiration to us, as he has taken time to do extensive travelling in his (almost) 60 years of life.

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Travelling with Bernie, a true inspiration! 

We believe that travel encompasses almost everything that life has to offer. Name something in life you enjoy and you can probably do it while travelling.  I don’t see our life reverting back anytime soon and so long as we’re free and ridiculously happy, we’ll continue to live our life this way.

Care-free, debt-free and plan-free!

Where do you find your fulfillment? Family? Work? Hobbies? Tell us in the comments below!

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Our Plan Is To Never Plan

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

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17 thoughts on “Our Plan Is To Never Plan

  1. Good for you for having a lifestyle that works for you. It’s good to have the outlook you do about not planning considering you’ve decided to live a life on the road. It can also come down to personality, though. I plan how I’m going to spread the peanut butter on my sandwich. I plan everything!

  2. Again loved your story !! We are on the “road” for 5 months now and your stories keep inspiring us !!

  3. That sounds really great guys and l know it will work.I have always believed were there’s a will,there’s a way.
    Tell me more about this Bernie guy.He sounds real cool!

  4. You guys, I love love love this! You’re getting me really excited. I totally agree with your point: why should it be any different when you’re 70? It’s just a shame so many people think like that.

  5. haha, You’re right it’s all about the person, some people would be very stressed out by not having a plan. For us, once we’re in a place that makes us happy (a particular city or job or something), then I’m sure we’ll plan what we want to see and do there, but we don’t want to plan out a “trip”…just go with the flow!

  6. Yep, If there’s a will, then there is always a way 🙂

    Bernie is this really cool guy we met while travelling in Egypt. We met up again with him and his wife in Jordan, Lebanon and 6 months later in Nepal. He even came to see us when we were living in China! He loves to travel and loves life – a great guy and a great friend!

  7. Exactly! We’re in our prime now, we want to get out there and see what the world has to offer…now! Who wants to wait until they’re 70? There’s so much to see and do in our world that we need all of the years from now until we’re 70! haha

    Cheers Sam

  8. You two are living your dream and encouraging others to follow along or to forge their own path. So happy for you! I have been fortunate to have traveled on and off for the past 40 years – numerous countries on 6 continents. Work, raising my son, and other obligations always “interrupted” my long awaited vacations. Now, FINALLY, my hubby and I are about to take off to travel indefinitely. There will be some pre-planning, and some just winging it where ever we decide to land. Oh, by the way, age is just a number. Bernie is a youngster!

  9. Wow, congratulations on a great blog and great life! I am definitely envious of your plan. How long do you guys think you will be able to keep moving around from place to place? It seems like it could get tiring after while. I’ve noticed a lot of long term travelers eventually settle into one place but still travel from that home base.

  10. Hey Joanne!

    Thanks for the comment. That’s wonderful that you’ve been travelling on and off for the past 40 years. Good for you. Where do you and your hubby plan to travel?….or is your plan to never plan 😉

    Happy travels to the both of you!

  11. Hey Andrew,

    Thanks for the kind words. We’ll keep moving around as long as it makes us happy. Travelling around for years at a time can definitely become tiring. We figure we’ll stay put somewhere for a few months and then travel from there…stay put somewhere else for a couple months and then travel from there, etc.!

    Cheers 🙂

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