Being intentional means deliberately and conscientiously choosing the way we live our lives. It’s often contradictory to doing what’s “normal,” what we feel is expected of us, what we see others do, or what we’re in the habit of doing.
This is a big deal because if we’re not intentional, we will end up wasting time, effort, and money on things that don’t actually matter or bring meaning and satisfaction to our life.
Being intentional is about knowing what our true values are, then making deliberate choices to prioritize those values in our life. For us personally, we have chosen to prioritize flexibility and travel over stability and certainty. There is no ONE way to live intentionally. It looks different for everybody because each person’s values are different.
We hope to encourage everyone to align their daily decisions and life choices with the values they care most about. For people passionate about travel – and we know there are many – our site is for people who intentionally pursue meaningful, transformation experiences around the world.
According to Mark Twain, Rick Steves, today’s top travel bloggers (and every-day people), experiencing a world outside of our own bubble has the power to make us better people.
Not all travel can do this. Though the typical vacation can be a much-needed source of relaxation, it usually doesn’t change anyone’s life. Cross-cultural exchanges; slower, long-term travel; and opportunities to connect with nature are just a few examples that have the power to fuel our passion for life-long learning and global citizenship. Meaningful experiences like these often make us more understanding, compassionate, responsible, and generous human beings – effects that ripple out across our communities and help create a better world.
Intentional, transformational travel is not travel just for the sake of rest, entertainment, or self-indulgence. It’s travel for the sake of learning, growing, and trying new experiences.
We are Jedd and Michelle, digital nomads who blog about intentional living and travel. Originally from Hawaii and Oregon, respectively, we got married in 2008 and have been adventuring together ever since.
In 2011, we left our “real jobs” to take a sabbatical- a time set apart to experience new things, to learn, and to grow. We took an epic road trip and did some house-sitting. Then we ended up serving with the Peace Corps in Jamaica from 2012 to 2014, and it was a life changing decision! Our time away made us realize that we don’t have to go back to a typical life, consumed by careers until we save enough to retire in freedom.
We believe we don’t have to wait until retirement to live our dreams. And if we’re intentional about our choices, there are out-of-the-box ways to make travel a consistent part of our lives right now.
In 2014, we started IntentionalTravelers.com. Travel has changed our lives, and we want to share what we’ve learned along the way to help others reap the benefits, too.
We make ends meet through our freelance web services business, serving small businesses and non-profits with online content creation, social media marketing, and other website or branding projects. This allows us to work from anywhere (hence the term “digital nomads”).
We live very simply and keep costs low, trading what we would have paid in rent for the ability to live in many different places. We use our travel hacking skills to earn all our free international flights.
More recently, we’ve helped out with events like World Domination Summit and Pioneer Nation, and helped launch a new kind of college called Wayfinding Academy – all in Portland, Oregon. Michelle also started a side project called Blogging Abroad, which helps people living abroad “level up” their blogs for cross-cultural impact.
To celebrate our 10th year of marriage, we’ve started something we call our 10 Countries 10 Stories: Global Neighbor Project.
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