08 Mar Traveler Interview: Megan of Living Tiny, Dreaming Big
We connected with Megan, blogger at Living Tiny, Dreaming Big, through twitter. She is a tiny house enthusiast- a lifestyle concept we are fascinated by. It obviously requires intentionality to live in a tiny house! In addition to being a writer, Megan has done everything from nannying to being a therapeutic wilderness instructor for troubled youth while backpacking in North Carolina. and camp counselor for children and adults with special needs.
Megan is a great representation of how to weave intentional travel throughout your life. Her travels include: road trips (40 days from Georgia to Alaska and back), mission trips (working against sex trafficking in Pattaya, Thailand), studies of historical people and places (Israel: Biblical; England: Literary), and active adventures (17 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and a safari in Kenya).
We really appreciated how Megan laid out her goals and values in this way:
Values: People and experiences are more important than things.
Goals: To share love in practical ways.
To do that by making enough money working for myself and by prioritizing my schedule to have more time and energy to put toward projects that help people who have a hard time meeting their basic needs.
We love the intentional vision Megan has for her life! Recently, we had the chance to ask Megan more about her travels. Here’s what she said:
You told us you started a “traveling guest book” on your first trip out of the country. How has this practice added to your travel experiences?
I still don’t get every person to sign the journal (not because they say no, but because of the timing). But as I flip through the pages, I found that I have a note from:
- an opera singer
- a 13-year-old whose dad had been to all 50 states and said, “Now it’s her turn.”
- a 66-year-old cousin I had never met, but whose house we stayed at
- one of my favorite singers (Tyrone Wells)
- a tiny house builder
The more I pursue a simple life, though, I realize what’s most important to me. Traveling is near the top because it goes along with so many other things I believe in:
- enjoying God and His creation
- people are more important than things
- lifelong learning is amazing and fun if you make it that way
- don’t wait until your life is almost over to start living the way you won’t; the timing will never be perfect for any big dream
So living simply has helped me focus on putting my time and energy into travel rather than many other things I could choose to do but that would make my life too complicated for travel.
My best travel advice is to just do it. Excuses will always come, but at the same time (if you look for them) there will always be better reasons to go anyway.
- I’ve had people tell me places were too dangerous. (I’ve felt way more in danger in the U.S.)
- I’ve almost turned down trips because of lack of money. (So glad I went anyway!!! It was the Grand Canyon rafting trip, and I can’t believe it was such a difficult decision for me.)
- I’ve struggled with finding a good time to go. (My family and friends and coworkers survived without me!)
- I also was afraid of traveling alone or with strangers. (My first flight was with a group from college, and the girl who signed up with me ended up not going. By then I didn’t want to back out, and I knew the other people well enough.)
I found a way around all of those difficulties. If you don’t want to travel, that’s fine. But if you dream of traveling, think of all the reasons you should do it instead of the reasons you shouldn’t. And maybe go watch “The Bucket List.”
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