What happens when life gets in the way of traveling? 2


sleep study

I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille. Me during a sleep study.

Hello, everyone. It’s great to be back! Yeah, I know it’s been a while since I’ve done basically anything in this website. I definitely haven’t given up on this website, nor do I intend to anytime soon. Basically, I can attribute this as well as many other hurdles in life to one thing.

Health problems.

My current situation

Unfortunately, I haven’t come out of totally absolving the past. I still suffer some health problems as a result of my past. Not that it’s my fault because my sinus condition was just a perfect storm of isolated, but small health problems that combined into a large, ferocious one and it’s been a problem for over 10 years since it’s become chronic and it’s affecting everything, from sleep to breathing to even energy during the day. I believe there is a time and place for everything, and the best way to take advantage of your life is by identifying when and how. Before, it was the right time to see the world, relax and take a sort of mental vacation, which is a very good option if that’s what you’re looking for. However, I remember my last time out in Europe backpacking for two months. By the time I came back to my home in New York City, I was very beat up and it took me a long while and many doctors to finally get back up to par and at least try and resume a full-time job.

However, it’s funny the way the world works. I truly believe that when something isn’t meant to be, the universe sends signs to make it very clear. You can either ignore it and keep allowing life to dictate the terms you live by, or accept them, do the dirty work for a while and facing your fears dead-on like being broke, unhealthy, without love, etc. I chose to receive my lesson after about 5 years of trying to same thing and continuing to get less-than-stellar results. The thing is that after the short-term suffering (mine has personally lasted about 2 years and counting, but I’m almost out of it), comes out a new, stronger, smarter you. That’s what I’ve been aiming for. I’ve even said goodbye to the full-time, office jock “career” that I basically only have known for about 7 years in search of greener pastures. I’ll have to admit that it’s hard as hell, and I never really expected it to be so hard. Then again, this is exactly how I felt when I first started traveling. It’s funny how things come full-circle, huh?

What I’ve been doing

Aside from visiting many doctors, I’ve actually been putting my nose on the grindstone. Instead of working full-time, I managed to start learning, reading and trying some new things…and learning, reading and trying new things once again. This is all to become a real NY Minute Traveler. What does that mean? For me, it means that I can have an actual career and travel. I want my cake and eat it too. I see a lot of people advising everyone to just travel broke and worry about money later. While that can work, it doesn’t make for a very “opulent” lifestyle. Not to say that you need so many material things in life really (Related: The Shining Path That Wasn’t), but if you really want to see all parts of the globe, you’ll see exactly how hard it is to do this without pausing and looking for work wherever you happen to be.

Me? I say there has to be an easier way. I’ve noticed from my travels that that type of travel is just not sustainable. Either that or people have to really mooch off of others just so they can splurge to travel. I’ve seen people move back in with their parents so they don’t have to pay rent, or solely live off of CouchSurfing/SexSurfing so they can mooch off others and not even say “thank you” in the end (I know this from first-hand experience hosting these people).

What these travelers who seem to have the good life don’t like to tell you is that sometimes, they can’t find anyone to mooch off of and that’s when they get into trouble. They sometimes have to go homeless for one day or a few (I’ve also heard this first-hand from travelers), or have to go without something else equally as important. I figured that there has to be another way, so I started looking for one. Two years later, and I’m very close, and I can’t wait until I tell you guys all about it. This is all while I continue to improve on my health.

What’s the best option for you?

There’s no right or wrong answer in finding a way to travel. I just say that always traveling broke or even traveling in general, regardless of how much money you have can get old believe it or not, especially if you rely on only that for your “inner happiness.” As someone who has re-discovered meditation and someone who depended too much on feel-good experiences before to be “happy,” the teachings and practice show you that pleasurable experiences may make you feel good in the short run, but worsen your well-being in the long run. Not to say that it’s not awesome, but again, there’s a time and place for everything. I think that everything is best when you have a balance to life. What I plan to do is basically show you the many ways you can achieve traveling long-term. I think too little people travel, and that traveling is good for personal growth as well as long as you don’t do it too much (which is pretty hard anyway).

Don’t worry. Everything will be clear once I start posting. There’s still lots of stuff I want to talk about, and lots of destinations to cover. I’m just getting warmed up. I’ll also be changing the website layout bit by bit, and rewriting some old articles. Such is life when you’re learning on the go.

Until next time,

Armando


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