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Jun 19 2012

What Turned My Dream Of Travelling The World Into A Reality?

If you can dream it, you can do it.

(Walt Disney)


I had always wanted to travel the world but, as the years went by, that dream faded and seemed less and less likely to become a reality.  So, what got me to finally travel the world?  Well, I was evaluating my life: what I had achieved and what I wanted to do.  Up to that point, I had never really planned things in my life.  I went with the flow and dealt with things as they arose.  I wasn’t a planner but a doer.  Anyway, with the big ’40’ looming, I realised I would have to start doing things differently if I was going to achieve some of the things that had been floating around in my head for years.

I wasn’t sure where to begin, to be honest.  Then one day, I saw an infomercial by an American guy I had never heard of.  Since then, I found out that he is actually very well-known and highly regarded in personal development.  Anyway, I needed something to get me started so I decided to give it a try.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and had no idea if it was actually going to help me… but it did.  Listening to the CDs and completing the exercises helped me a lot with the following:

  1. I began to think about what I actually wanted and started to focus on it.

  2. I had a compelling reason, which motivated me and kept me motivated.

  3. I started to think about and plan out what I needed to do to actually make it happen.

  4. I took small consistent steps that helped me work towards my goal.

  5. I tackled the ‘gremlins’ that were threatening to stop me.


The CD set was a really useful guide and I started to think differently about things.  I honestly don’t believe I would have travelled the world if I hadn’t gone through this process because I needed some guidance, which this provided.  To give this some context, I spent about 20 years dreaming of going travelling but, when I actually followed the process and focused on what I wanted, it took about 10 months from getting the CD set to arriving in Delhi at the start of my trip – just me and my backpack!

I realise now that anything is possible, providing you know what you want, you focus on it, have a good reason, make a plan, take small steps towards achieving that goal, and work on the things that are stopping, limiting or holding you back.

I have learned and experienced a lot since then and I would like to share that with you.  So, over the next few weeks in these ‘how to’ posts, I am going to take you through a modified version of the process I followed to set you on the path to achieving the things that you have just been thinking about.  Are you ready?

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About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.


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    Hi Teresa,

    I was just googling about dream of travelling around the globe and found this page, read your article.

    I am Srivatchan from Chennai, India. Hope you know about my city!!!

    I had and having the dream of travelling around the globe to visit minimum 100+ countries and I had this feeling right friom my childhood. I am into Engineering teaching by profession. I do not understand or realise, How I can make dreams into reality.

    I thought may be I could write to you, and get some insights, How to activate the dreams into reality,

    You have mentioned about some audio CD. I would be happy to know What Audio CD did you listen to in Particular?

    I will be happy if you could share your experience as well as the way how you achieved dream of travelling around the globe.

    I would be happy and delighted, in case if i could get some reply from your end.



  2. Teresa Keane

    Hi Srivatchan,

    I have been to India, but I haven’t been to Chennai.

    It’s great that you are thinking of travelling the world. That’s a lot of countries you want to visit! I haven’t been to anywhere near that many.

    The best thing to do is to follow the process I followed, which I have written about on that series of blog posts you started reading. The set of CDs I listened to were great and still are, but there will be more up-to-date ones now. There is a lot of personal development information on the internet these days, so you are bound to find some information that will help you.

    You have the desire to travel, but you need something to motivate to actually go through with it. It has to be something that will make you go because it’s easier to continue with life as it is, and you will find things to stop you from going. To change things, you have to take action, and you have to have something that will motivate to keep going.

    Best of luck!

  3. Steve

    Brought up in a working class family, no University education, no trade qualifications, I have always created my own work, including my own building company for 20 years. I have had no money from anyone, no loans, and no inheritance is going to come my way.

    And yet, I have traveled all over the world, loved and lost many times, moved constantly, and brought up 2 amazing daughters who I love dearly. Single once more, owning my own house outright, no debts, early 50’s, I am about to sell my house and put the money in the bank in case anything happens to me so my daughters are looked after, put all my belongings into storage, say goodbye to family and friends, and take off to cycle completely around the world.

    An adventure that I feel will take me a minimum of 3 years, but more like 6 or more years if I really take my time and enjoy everywhere I travel through. I have packed up and took off many times in my life, I just can’t help it, I love it and its who I am.

    Sure, it has cost me relationships and stability, but life is very short. My three best friends in the world, all around the same age as me, have died over the last 6 years. Tumor, stroke, heart attack. Life can be cruel.

    When I was 21 in the UK, and the first time I just packed up and left, I gave up a girlfriend of 4 years (we are still friends today), my cat, job, flat, car, everything, and took off to Indonesia and Australia, I didn’t return for 2 years. I have everything set up here in Cheshire for a comfortable life, but that scares me more than anything. I don’t want a comfortable life, to retire living day by day, I want more, and want adventure.

    You will here stories of how people have given up everything to travel the world, but have really only taken time out of the job and rented the house out for a few months or a year or so. I have given up completely everything more than once, with nothing to fall back on, no support network, no job or house to come back to. Completely throwing causing to the wind. I have really given up everything, but always managed to bounce back. No bouncing back means no travel and adventure.

    I am in no doubt that the dangers in this next adventure may well cost me my life, and I won’t be able to afford a house like I have now on my return and will have to start all over again, but like they say, live your dreams or die trying 🙂

  4. Teresa Keane

    Hi Steve,

    You are definitely making the most of life.

    The one thing I would say is that everyone is different. That is the basis of this travel blog, in fact. We are all different. What’s right for one person, won’t be for another. What you are doing is right for you but not for everyone. I think it is irresponsible and inconsiderate to denigrate people’s experiences because they haven’t given up everything to travel. It doesn’t have to be like that. Maybe it does for you, but that isn’t the case for everyone.

    I wish you well on your journey.


  5. Steve

    Hi, I think you took me wrong. I wasn’t saying everyone had to give up everything to travel, I was simply saying when someone says they have given up everything, that giving up everything means different things to different people, and not that it would affect them any less, as my completely everything and your completely everything might feel us feel the same way, as everyone is of course different. I was explaining what giving up everything meant to me, and I’m in no doubt there are people who have given up much more than that. You don’t have to give up everything to travel, and I have traveled all over the world between big adventures without giving up anything. A few years ago I drove for 10 weeks and 11000 miles around the US, and all I gave up was some savings and the cost of a traffic fine.

  6. Teresa Keane

    Hi Steve,

    Yes, I think I might have misunderstood your message. Thank you for clarifying that.

    The important thing is for people to do whatever is right for them at the time. I have never felt the need to give up everything, although I have met many people on my travels, like you, who have.

    I wish you all the best for your forthcoming journey.


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