The time has arrived.
I put in two weeks notice at both my jobs, I have sold or given away almost everything I own, and I am about to sail away.
The adventure starts with my boat trip the last week of July. I’m not competing in the MR340 (Missouri River 340 mile race) but I AM paddling a kayak from downtown Kansas City to the St. Louis Arch. The distance across the state is 370 miles, and I actually start on the Kansas border, paddle across Missouri, and end on the Illinois border. I’ve got paddle partners, ground crew, and 12 days to make the journey. I plan to update everyone on Facebook along the way so make sure to follow me at fb.com/jennylragland.
After the boat trip ends, I decided not to return to life as normal in Kansas City. Everything in Kansas City is more than great with work, friends, and family, but I need to continue the path I have started. I can come back at anytime 🙂
So after I survive 12 days of river wilderness, (I hope!), I will put what is left of my belongings in my car and drive to Florida. Well…..most likely Florida. I can’t say 100 percent exactly where I will drive to, because it could change.
The reason it can change is that I have created a list of places I would like to go to using the website workaway.info. Workaway is a site that connects workers with a free stay in exchange for labor. Most of the time you agree to 30 days at a time for a bed and breakfast or an urban farm, but every situation is unique and I have a few beach or harbor towns on the East coast chosen, as well as a maritime museum in New York City and a sailing opportunity in November.
I don’t know how long I will be gone, or exactly what order things will go in, but I do know I found some exciting opportunities and I look forward to finding more people out there like me. If I get homesick, I simply return. If I make friends and want to go to a new city, I will go.
I’ve got a business that I run online to cover the necessities (thank you Beachbody!), and I can always pick up a part time job wherever I go when needed. This isn’t the type of travel I have done in the past, although I did go on a few 30 day trips and I have been working towards the travel lifestyle over the last 5 years.
I feel like I am getting closer to my dream of location independence, working fully online, and filling up my life with people and experiences that make it worthwhile. I can’t sit still, I can’t have a future of repetition, and I can’t turn back.
I would like to write about my adventures, as well as paint them, and of course show the world how you CAN be healthy while traveling. Maybe this step will get me doing more of that on a regular basis.
If you enjoyed reading this please let me know! And if you have questions, I will do my best to answer.