WANDERLUST: My first year of being a full time wanderer


In 2015 I decided to make a big leap into the unknown and embark of my first year of following my Wanderlust and Wandering with Wanderlife into the world. My partner in business and in life Chris and I packed our suitcases, gave away the lions share of our material possessions to friends and charity, said goodbye to our master bedroom in our shared Darling Point apartment and got on a plane to Europe with no set plan or intention of when we would come home or settle properly again.

‘Wanderlust;

“a strong desire to travel. “a man consumed by wanderlust”‘

We hadn’t saved much money, if any really, when we got on the plane, I had not more than two thousand AUS in my personal account. Upon boarding we were five months into running our first real business together and had poured all our time, energy, money and savings into making our dream of ‘iamu premium metallic temporary tattoos’ into a reality. Chris had said farewell to his past freelance graphic design clients, which used to pay the bills, to instead work completely on iamu. I then took the chance of juggling what modelling/influencer work would come my way while we where on the road.
It was scary, weird, slightly insane. but the best thing I’ve ever done in any year of my life. So, with this blog post I’d like to share my thought on traveling gypsy life and everything it’s taught me thus far.
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Regrets

You’ll regret it if you don’t. I’d love to say I’m someone who doesn’t regret anything, but if I am honest with you I regret a bunch of things in my life, thankfully taking my chance of travel isn’t one of them. I’m yet to meet someone that regrets their travels, sure, travel like life isn’t always full of 100% positive experiences, but you learn so much in the process and isn’t that what this whole life thing is about?
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Learning

I’ve learnt more traveling in all aspects of myself, physically, emotionally, spiritiually, intellectually than I’ve learn from anything else in my life up until the point that i left. Including the 7 years at the over priced private school my Dad put me through (legend). Travel has and still is my biggest teacher, the personal growth I’ve enjoyed through my experiences traveling have been profoundly beneficial and I’m so grateful for every lesson.

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Gratitude

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude. Until  following my wanderlust in 2015 I never truly understood gratitude. It’s always been this thing my elders and teachers nagged me to feel, “be grateful for this, be grateful for that, blah blah” the word had lost it’s meaning.
The appreciation, understanding and feelings of Gratitude i now experience have been 2015’s biggest realisation for me personally and it’s through my travels that this new found understanding of what gratitude is and what I really have to be grateful for has come to be.
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Experiences

There is a great study by Thomas Gilovich, a professor at Cornall University, who states that people who spend their money on experiences are happier than people who spend their money on material things. I personally could not agree more. This past year I’ve lived for the most part out a suitcase, I’ve chosen to spend my money on experiencing things, doing things, going places, seeing the world and while I’m yet to own a house, a car or walk in wardrobe to boast about, I’m the happiest I’ve felt. Thinking about it, everything i really need fits into my suitcase.
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Happiness

The ultimate goal. I’m not going to write here and pretend at 25 that I’ve yet full understood or figured out happiness, the definition, meaning and my general thoughts around it change almost daily. One thing I can tell you though is if you’re searching for happiness you’re sure to get closer to it if you travel. My advice on Happiness is if you have Wanderlust follow it and create your very own Wanderlife.
You are the master of your fate, the captain of you soul.
MEMORY: Our day on a slow boat in Croatia, re live the memory with me here.
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So if you’re lost, unfulfilled, confused, seeking, searching, wanting, yearning then I truly believe a year filled with travel could be the best thing you’ll ever do. As a person my life has become more and more about the journey and less about the destination. I don’t always know where i’m going, but i do know it’s going to be one hell of an adventure.
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Oh and an update, I still don’t have a ‘home’ or permanent address or any plans to stop moving in the near future for that matter, I’m living and breathing, creating my very own Wanderlife every day and I wouldn’t want it any other way at this point in my life.
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P.S For some visual memories and vibes of my year check out the below
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  • January 22, 2016
Rochelle Fox
Rochelle Fox
About me

Rochelle is the founder of Wanderlife.tv. She's a big thinker, a dreamer and full time wanderer.

2 Comments

missgetaway
Reply January 22, 2016

Oh I absolutely loved this post. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. I cannot believe that you didn't have that much money saved. How were you able to afford that much travelling?

Love, kerstin
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Laura Mareno
Reply January 22, 2016

Beautiful post and beautiful photos!! You're so inspiring! kisses:D

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