James Meeker: The Importance of 100% Commitment

What was a major challenge you had to overcome to do this?

I never gave myself the option to pack up and go home. I sold just about everything before I left — my house, my truck. Anything I kept went into storage. Making a commitment like that was a huge challenge, but I knew I couldn’t do this halfway.

What surprised you most about adopting this lifestyle?

I’ve been amazed at just how friendly people are. Obviously you have to be careful, but in general, people are really excited to have the chance to connect, especially when they hear my Texan accent. I’m interested to get to know them and their story.

What would be your advice for someone else who wants to do what you’re doing?

See if you have a passion for it. Make a plan and commit to it. Pick where you want to go, do your research, and buy your plane ticket ASAP. Don’t wait until the last minute because if you do, you’ll spend that money elsewhere. Do the same with the hotel. As soon as you have the money saved, get it paid. Once the trip rolls around, all you’ll have to do is worry about food, transportation, and sightseeing.

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