Why the Wild Ones are Richer than Most Gabrielle Morley-Ham August 26, 2015 Inspiration, Opinion, Travel 67 Comments “There must be more to life than having everything!” Maurice Sendak There is. And that’s why the wild ones have got it made. I know what it is to be ‘wild’ and I know what it is to be ‘most’. I’ve felt what it is to walk around in a new city, in a new hemisphere where you don’t know a soul. I’ve felt that feeling of potential vibrate deep in the pit of my stomach and I’ve revelled in the thrill of being completely in control of my next move. At this moment, I’m not ‘wild’. And it breaks my heart a little everyday. If you’ve read about us, you’ll know that we’re currently based in the UK, working 9 to 5 whilst planning our big escape. We’re so desperate to get back out there. We’re wild ones trying to pick the lock, scheming to escape the rigid bars of ‘normal’. WHO ARE THE WILD ONES? The wild ones are not unruly, savage or unwashed. They are not uncivilised, uncultured or uncouth. The wild ones are those who make the decision to live a life less ordinary. They decide to listen to their soul and act on what makes it sizzle. They recognise what is valuable in life and have realised that none of that value can be found in material things. Basically, they are richer, wiser and smarter than most. They are wild at heart. They value moments over things and need less to be happy Travel isn’t free, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Give a wild one a semi-comfortable bed for a night or a tent that doesn’t leak and you’ve made their day. Their heads aren’t turned by the latest Apple products or the fanciest handbags. They’d rather experience the authentic taste of street food than spend masses of money on one over-priced dinner. Travel makes you richer, material things tie you down. They experience something new and wonderful every single day When you’re on the road, every day is an adventure. You don’t know who you’ll meet, what you’ll see or where you’ll end up. I’m not a morning person, far from it, but when I was travelling things were different. Every day represented 12 hours of possibilities, so I was up without a fuss. When my alarm goes off at the moment, I’d give anything to turn over and go back to sleep. Routine sucks the excitement out of life. The wild ones live their life free from structure. Their existence is spontaneous and exciting. Every day is wonderful. They’re making memories that can’t be bought Money can’t buy that moment your heart bursts at the sight of a whale at full breach out of the water. Or the feeling of sitting on a beach, around a fire, sharing stories with new friends. Money can’t buy the experience of being dwarfed by a new city or the realisation that you are the only person for miles around. While others are sat in front of TVs waiting for the weekend to come and go, the wild ones are witnessing natural wonders, meeting locals and sleeping under the stars. They’re collecting memories and smiles while the others are working to afford their rent. They’re always learning Travel is an education. When you travel you open your heart to new cultures, history and language. You open your mind to different ways of thinking and learn to relate to people in new ways. The wild ones learn how the world works by exploring it’s hidden spaces. They dig deep, rummage under the surface and uncover wonderful truths. This may be controversial, but I say that schools and universities pale in comparison. When you travel the world becomes your teacher, you learn from others and others learn from you. In the end, you’ll learn and teach more than you ever knew possible. They challenge themselves everyday Travel isn’t easy. It’s not about packing up and heading off on a jolly holiday. Travel is tough. You have to make choices every day, challenge yourself and wave goodbye to your comfort zone. The wild ones embrace this. They are constantly evolving and becoming better versions of themselves. Learning more about who they are, every single day. They know themselves, trust their instincts and have the confidence to live, explore and discover. They have faith in humanity The world is a scarier place today than it has ever been before. We can’t so much as hop in the car for 10 minutes without hearing some horrendous news flash on the radio. The sad realisation is, if aliens (bare with me on this one) landed on Earth tomorrow and read the newspapers, they’d think that all humans were inherently bad. They could even be excused for wanting to wipe us out and start again. But the wild ones have faith. They know to ignore the media spin. They’ve been to far flung places and met people who live lives completely different to their own. But they know the power of a smile and they find some way to communicate. They find common ground and they learn from each other. They’ve experienced unfathomable kindness from strangers more times than they can count. They have faith in the human race. The wild ones can put the aliens straight. They do whatever makes them happy, whenever they want Happiness shouldn’t be something you yearn for. It shouldn’t be something that only comes at the weekends or something that is rare. It should be something that surrounds you every single day. If something doesn’t make your body tingle with joy, why do it? We’re only on this floating rock for a minuscule amount of time. And the longer we spend on the rock, the faster that time goes. The wild ones know not to waste a moment of that precious time doing anything other than being happy. They have friends all over the world The wild ones attract other wild ones, they share a spirit. They make bonds that span continents and time. I’ve met some of the best people I’ve ever known while travelling. When you travel, the people you meet make your experience what it is. They can determine your path, teach you things you never knew about yourself, comfort you when you’re sad and marvel with you when the world puts on a show. The wild ones know this and have a family in many countries. A wild one’s friendship group isn’t limited to the village next door, it reaches much further than that. They know that travel is the smartest investment they could ever make Travel may not be free, but nothing will give you a better return on your investment than travel. The wild ones know this and they’re cashing in. When a wild one is old, rocking in a chair and talking to their grandchildren about their youth, they will have some serious stories to tell. None of that knitting talk. When the wild at heart invest in travel, the value they get will be lifelong. No one can get their hands on their memories or steal their experiences. Nothing can take away from that feeling they’ll get when they look back on ‘that time when…’. Quite simply, investing in travel makes you richer, what’s smarter than that? They know what it is to be free Only the wild ones know what it’s like to be truly free. They’re not tied down by mortgages, rent or the limitations of annual leave. They’ve built a life that revolves around their desire to feel, experience and connect with our world. They are free to take every day as it comes, go where their feet walk them and move from one marvellous moment to the next. So go, drown your eyes in sights, sounds, colours, faces and places. Walk out into the world and drink it all in – the people, the experiences, the nature. For travel makes you richer, and you can be a wild one too. Share on TumblrPrintEmail http://www.bohoberry.com Kara Benz Gah! I love this SO much! There are still so many places I want to travel, but I definitely consider myself to be a wild one! Great post and so inspiring! 🙂 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks Kara – so pleased to hear you found the post inspiring :). This world is so vast and so beautiful that there will ALWAYS be more places to travel to – but that’s a beautiful thing! Think of all of the potential adventures that are yet to come. Thanks so much for your comment and happy travels! Gabby Lauren @ atipsygypsylife.com Love it! Some of the best times of my life were going out on a (potentially sketchy) limb while traveling. Taking random exiting travels definitely helps the 9-5 drag drastically, at least for me. If I can’t squeeze in a real trip I’ll at least try to go to a music fest. Godspeed on your next trip 🙂 L http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Ah thanks so much Lauren. Random and spontaneous adventures are the best part of life. Living on the edge, going where your heart takes you… bliss. I hope you manage to squeeze in a trip but if not, then I don’t doubt a music fest will provide plenty of mini adventures for you to enjoy :). Thanks so much for stopping by and happy travels for the future! 🙂 Gabby Jenny Great post, I love traveling and discovering new things! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks Jenny! Ahh yes, travel and discovery are just the best aren’t they? I can’t imagine a life without them :). Gabby Rachel Powell I love this post! I hope to be able to travel one day! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks Rachel! No ‘hope’ needed – go dooo it :). https://restlesscat.wordpress.com Restless Cat This is so true! I had the chance to meet so many new people abroad and I’m still automatically calculate the current exchange rate for a few currencies when I go shopping – at home! 🙂 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Sounds like you may well be a wild one! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Really pleased you enjoyed the post. Gabby https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roarloud/798552366881677 RoarLoud I long to be wild! I roar on mountain tops and wish I could do that more often! #RoarLoud http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Love this :). Let’s all be wild ones together! ROAR! http://www.mylearningtable.com/ anne @ Learningtable This is a beautiful list–and truly words of wisdom! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks Anne, really pleased you enjoyed it 🙂 Gabby Amy Dresser This is so beautiful!! I can relate to this immensely, and at the moment we are mostly in one place as well. Can’t wait to share! (Also going to pin this on Pinterest!!) http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hi Amy – thank you so much! Really appreciate this, and the sharing of it! You’re a star :). Your blog is one of my favourites at the moment, hopefully we’ll all be wild ones again soon! Can’t wait to follow more of your adventures :). Gabby http://abrokenbackpack.com A Broken Backpack I love it! 🙂 Again, I love your blog! Good job Gabrielle! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks Mel – so pleased you liked it. Here’s to being wild ones! 🙂 – (and obviously you know we’re massive fans of your blog too!) Gabby Pingback: Weekend Blog Love | Boho Berry() http://www.paperplanesandcaramelwaffles.com Emma Hart I love this post Gabrielle. Although I’m in a full time job at the moment, I can relate to this post so much. I’ve never been happier in my life than when I was travelling after uni. I loved that I didn’t know what adventure was next around the corner or sometimes even where I would be sleeping the next night. I loved the spontaneity of it all and even though I’m fine with doing what I’m doing at the moment, I know I’ll always yearn for that freedom of the road. I also know the hard work that I’m putting in now will get me there again in the future 🙂 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Emma! Thanks so much for this message, so pleased you could relate to the post. The travel life is just so exciting and spontaneous isn’t it? Going from that to the full-time job routine is really difficult…. but fantastic to hear that you’re happy with what you’re doing. And EXACTLY. There’s no reason why you can’t be a wild one again in the future, or even juggle your wild one tendencies alongside a job. That would work too! Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. So pleased you enjoyed the post :). Gabby PS. Just checking out your blog (LOVE it)… and yes… Fergburger is definitely the best burger in the world. Incredible. http://chocolatour.net/ Doreen Pendgracs Hi Gabby. This is a great post. I totally get it, as I gave up the high salary, benefits, and ‘comfort’ of corporate life 22 years ago to become a freelancer and join the wild bunch. I would be bit more foot loose and fancy free, but my husband is elderly and unwell. So I travel and have my adventures when I can! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks Doreen! Ah wow, so you’ve lived it! Amazing :). Hugely admire that… fingers crossed I will be able to say the same thing one day! Sorry to hear that your husband is unwell, that must be extremely difficult. Good to know you’re able to make some time for your adventures every now and again though. Very best wishes to you both. Thanks so much for the comment! Gabby http://www.thecommonwanderer.com The Common Wanderer Love this! Totally resonates with us, every day that we’re in the 9-5 cycle while plotting our next trip the restlessness increases by double again. It’ll make the freedom of wandering again so much more worth it though – hang in there! ps. This totally reminded me of the Jack Kerouac quote: “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” 🙂 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hey guys, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. SO happy that you liked the post and that it resonates with you. You’re totally right, the longer we have to wait, the sweeter it will be. That doesn’t make it any easier though aye 😉 – but we’re hanging on in there… counting down the days :). That quote is PERFECT. Thank you so much for sharing. I think I may need to get that tattooed on me or something ha. Great quote. Thanks again guys! Gabby PS. LOVE your blog! Stunning photographs! http://www.girlonthemoveblog.com Julie DenOuden Oh I just love that quote from Maurice Sendak and I couldn’t agree more that the wild ones are so much richer than the ones who have the most. I too am working a regular job right now while making plans to escape next summer! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hey Julie, thanks so much for the comment. It’s a good quote that isn’t it :). Sounds like we are in a VERY similar boat. Hope you get to escape sooner rather than later! Happy travels 🙂 Gabby Pingback: August | Yorkshire, Travel Plans and the Fear Of Missing Out. - Paper Planes & Caramel Waffles() Chris Nash That Mark Twain quote really just nails it doesn’t it! I think we’re all just wild at heart 😉 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Absolutely Chris! It’s the best way to be! 😀 Thanks for stopping by. Gabby globetotting.com I love that you managed to include a quote from Maurice Sendak in this post! He definitely had a wonderful outlook on life (and my kids love his Wild Things book!). Hope that you get back out on the road soon! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hey guys – pleased you liked the quote! 🙂 You’re right, Sendak had a fantastic approach to life and living – we can all learn a lot. I hope we get out on the road again soon also, thank you! Hope you and your lovely family are off adventuring somewhere lovely! Thanks for stopping by. Gabby Karla Ramos From one fellow wildone to another… I can really relate to this article. Its comforting to know, as travelers, we have the same mindset http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks Karla :), so pleased you could relate. Wild ones unite! 😉 Gabby Tamara Wilcox “The wild ones have faith” — I think that’s the key, really. Faith in others, faith in all that is good. How can one travel so much and not be made better for it? The more you learn and interact and explore, the better person you’ll be! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hi Tamara – absolutely! Our World is full of so much good… when you travel, you see that. When you stay in one play and watch the news all day, the good is never mentioned. Thank you so much for the comment :). Gabby DeafWanderlust I absolutely love this! I agree with so many of these! I am definitely what you called, “Wild at Heart” and I just love that term. I can’t imagine being stuck in one place with the same routine everyday, seriously what is life if you do that? I know people do work and are satisfied with their life if they do but I can’t. Not when there are so much out there to see in this world. DeafWanderlust Just shared this on our page 😉 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers You are brilliant. Thank you thank you thank you :). http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Guys, thank you so much! So pleased you enjoyed the post. And cheers to being ‘wild at heart’! Absolutely agree, life in one place, staring at the same 4 walls, the same motorway, the same office cubicle… URGH. It’s living to work and that’s just not what we were put on this earth to do. What a waste aye! Yeah some people are totally happy with that kind of life, and that’s great, huge respect for them. But for the others, the wild ones… that existence is just never going to cut the mustard. 😉 Thanks so much for this lovely comment. You guys rock. Gabby Natalie Tanner Beautifully written! Love it. There is just so much in the world that is interesting and fascinating. Thanks for sharing your take on it! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks so much Natalie. Our world is a wonderful place isn’t it, so much to be explored! So pleased you enjoyed the post :). Gabby Kimberly Erin @ Walkaboot.ca I think that if you can recognize what is most valuable to you, then you are richer than those who havent. http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Totally agree with you Kimberly – very well put :). Thanks for stopping by. Gabby http://www.compassandfork.com elizabeth I agree with many of your points about traveling. I think freedom is as much knowing what you want and pursuing it as much as anything else. Some people would cringe at traveling all the time, but they still have dreams and adventures they want to achieve. That’s the beauty of people, we are all different. http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hi Elizabeth, thanks so much for the comment. I think you’re completely right. Freedom is about doing what makes you happy… whatever that may be! For some that may be travelling and for others it will be different. There are many different paths to happiness, no single path is the ‘right’ one :). Happy travels! Gabby dangtravelers Well said (written)! We just dumped our 9-5 routine & are nervous, but excited to slow travel and be a ‘wild one’! Great post! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thank you so much guys! Congratulations on taking the leap out of the 9-5 grind! Totally understand the nervousness but I reckon you’re going to be just fine :). Really enjoyed connecting with you over social media recently, looking forward to following your adventures and your transition into becoming ‘wild ones’. SO pleased you enjoyed the post :). Gabby http://cavaforlunch.com Christina – Cavaforlunch.com Oh wow, I really loved this article! Great job, Gabrielle xx http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks so much Christina! Really really pleased you enjoyed it. 🙂 Gabby http://travellousworld.com Maaike – travellousworld.com To me, it’s the combination of getting the life experience of having a 9-5 job with everything that’s included, together with having the opportunity to travel, learn about new cultures, explore new areas and meet new people. One doesn’t have to exclude the other. http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hey Maaike! Absolutely, some people have got that juggling act down to an art… a 9-5 job that they really enjoy AND the freedom to travel and experience in and around that. That’s fab and completely admirable – totally agree that it’s not an all or nothing situation… everyone’s different :). Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Gabby Gemma This is us! One of the best things about travelling is the people you meet from all over the world. I loved showing my tour guide from Buffalo NYC around Edinburgh. I took him to ‘the best bar in the world’ naturally it was Scottish 😉 Great post as always you pair. http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hey Gemma, pleased you guys could relate to the post. Absolutely, travel experiences are made by the people you meet along the way. Haha love that you took your tour guide on an Edinburgh tour… how did he find it? Did you feed him with haggis? 😉 Thanks so much, that means a lot – so happy that you’re liking what we’re doing. GRIN. And right back at ya – obviously :). Gabby Gemma No haggis! He loved it. We went out partying at night and then for a walk up Arthur’s Seat the next morning. Best way to blow the cobwebs away. http://www.psimonmyway.com Trisha Velarmino Hey! I heard you are the wild one. Guess what? I’m a wild one too and I definitely am with you all the way! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Yeah Trisha! It’s good to be a wild one :). Pleased you enjoyed the post… hope you have a wild week ;). Gabby Joe Ankenbauer I’m glad to be a wild one! Spontaneous adventures are the best ones! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hear hear 🙂 and your spontaneous adventures always take you to the most wonderfully weird places! Thanks for stopping by Joe. Gabby sanketdhume Gee! I wish this was just as easy to explain to anxious parents that don’t quite understand our life choices. Lovely thoughts here. I was sold on #1 itself 😀 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Haha you and me both Sanket! Really pleased you like the post. And too right, it’s all about the moments! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Gabby http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks so so much for this lovely comment Robyn – pleased you agree with the post. Definitely sounds like you’ve got wild blood in your veins :). Travel is so so valuable… more valuable than anything material you could hold in your hands… you’re right, more people should prioritise it. Big thanks, this comment made our day :). Gabby Nikoleta Michalova You are right. I don’t think life is valuable if you don’t enjoy it!!! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Pleased you agree Nikoleta! Life is far too precious to be wasted :). Thanks for stopping by! Gabby http://unevensidewalks.com Uneven Sidewalks Great post! I’ve never considered myself wild at heart but after we’ve done some crazy spontaneous stuff and our parents are like “Who’s kid are you?” Then I realize that we just have this HUGE sense of adventure and it’s addicting! I agree with so many on this list! Thanks for sharing 🙂 http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hey guys, so pleased you enjoyed the post! It sounds like you’ve definitely got wild blood :). My parents say the same thing about me! haha, I think I confuse them a lot of the time ;). You’re so right… adventure is so addictive. Here’s to a life full of it!! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Gabby Monica I am tied down by a mortgage and annual leave but I break that annual leave up into one day at a time increments to be a wild one on a long weekend whenever I can! I’ve traveled from Texas to London, Munich, the Bahamas for just a long weekend. Next week, Paris!