Dear girls of the world: the time is now! Sell your shoes and go travel!
Dear girls of the world,
The time is now! Sell your shoes and go travel!
No, I’m not here to teach you how to make money to travel (although you can make a good income by selling your stuff). I’m here to tell you that a life full of experiences worth more than a closet full of shoes! It’s a fact, everybody knows it, but only a few have the courage to do it!
I’m one of the few crazy women that trade a 9 square meter closet full of clothes, for an airplane ticket and a pass for eternity freedom. But don’t worry, you don’t need to sell everything, keep one or two pairs, you will need them to roam around the globe. When you go travelling, the world becomes your own runaway and no one cares if you are using the same pair of flats on all your photos, because what really matter is your smile and the happiness of that moment.
We live under the pressure of capitalism and we buy stuff we don’t need. We dress up with clothes we don’t even like (in some cases we can’t even afford them) just to feel that we fit in. That we blend with other girls, that we belong to a group, a society or to impress people. But let me tell you one thing, those clothes and those people are not responsible for your happiness, neither for your future and your dreams. So stop pleasing them and start thinking about you. Spend time and money on what makes you happy, what makes you a better person! Go travel!
TV commercials and society did a good job teaching us to look good. Women should look pretty, slim, young, good mother, good wife, good, always good. Good at home, at work, with family and friends… Perfection comes with a price, and we end up sacrificing our dreams, and in most of the cases, we sacrifice our desire for travelling, because we need to get a job, find a husband and above all, we need to look good.
If you save half of the money you spend on clothes I’m sure you can travel way more and better. That ultimate relaxing spa session is only 2 pairs of shoes aways from you. A flight ticket to a dream beach costs less than a new iPhone! Stop wasting time on material things and start investing on experiences, knowledge and unforgettable moments.
It took me a while to realize this. I had my shopaholic period of life (I have to confess), with piles of clothes that cost me a fortune and that brought nothing special to my life, apart from shortening my bank account and consuming all my credit card limit. The change happened on 2014, when travel the world became my dream, my priority and my project of life. To afford that I sold all my clothes and shoes to build a saving account. My change to a minimalist lifestyle started for financial purpose, but a few months later I discover the liberating truth: “I don’t need to dress up for other people” and “I don’t need to look the same as the H&M shopping catalogue”. I felt free!!
I’m still a very feminine woman. I love to be well dressed and look good. But I do it for me, with clothes I can afford. My style became a statement of my new way of leaving. I’m a nomad, and my wardrobe changes according to where I’m travelling and living. I live from 12 kg backpack and I never been so happy. I wear lovely dresses, I have my cosmetic products and a makeup bag. You don’t need to become a hippie to live a minimalist lifestyle. You can look good, be pretty and also spend time and money on what makes you a better person.
Travel opens your eyes, takes you from your comfort zone, shows you the contrast of cultures and beliefs. Makes you a better person, you understand more about the world and about yourself. And that what really matter, your personality, your smile and the experiences you have in life.
So don’t tell me that you can’t travel because you don’t have money. For sure you can, but you need to have priorities, and unless you are a top rich supermodel, you don’t need 50 pairs of shoes…
Currently in Southeast Asia, travelling with only two pairs of shoes