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Dear girls of the world: the time is now! Sell you...

Dear girls of the world: the time is now! Sell your shoes and go travel!

Dear girls of the world,

The time is now! Sell your shoes and go travel!

No, I’m not here to teach you how to make money to travel (although you can make a  good income by selling your stuff). I’m here to tell you that a life full of experiences worth more than a closet full of shoes! It’s a fact, everybody knows it, but only a few have the courage to do it!

I’m one of the few crazy women that trade a 9 square meter closet full of clothes, for an airplane ticket and a pass for eternity freedom. But don’t worry, you don’t need to sell everything, keep one or two pairs, you will need them to roam around the globe. When you go travelling, the world becomes your own runaway and no one cares if you are using the same pair of flats on all your photos, because what really matter is your smile and the happiness of that moment.

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We live under the pressure of capitalism and we buy stuff we don’t need. We dress up with clothes we don’t even like (in some cases we can’t even afford them) just to feel that we fit in. That we blend with other girls, that we belong to a group, a society or to impress people. But let me tell you one thing, those clothes and those people are not responsible for your happiness, neither for your future and your dreams. So stop pleasing them and start thinking about you. Spend time and money on what makes you happy,  what makes you a  better person! Go travel!

TV commercials and society did a good job teaching us to look good. Women should look pretty, slim, young, good mother, good wife, good, always good. Good at home, at work, with family and friends… Perfection comes with a price, and we end up sacrificing our dreams, and in most of the cases, we sacrifice our desire for travelling, because we need to get a job, find a husband and above all, we need to look good.

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If you save half of the money you spend on clothes I’m sure you can travel way more and better. That ultimate relaxing spa session is only 2 pairs of shoes aways from you. A flight ticket to a dream beach costs less than a new iPhone! Stop wasting time on material things and start investing on experiences, knowledge and unforgettable moments.

It took me a while to realize this. I had my shopaholic period of life (I have to confess), with piles of clothes that cost me a fortune and that brought nothing special to my life, apart from shortening my bank account and consuming all my credit card limit. The change happened on 2014, when travel the world became my dream, my priority and my project of life. To afford that I sold all my clothes and shoes to build a saving account. My change to a minimalist lifestyle started for financial purpose,  but a few months later I discover the liberating truth: “I don’t need to dress up for other people” and “I don’t need to look the same as the H&M shopping catalogue”. I felt free!!

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I’m still a very feminine woman. I love to be well dressed and look good. But I do it for me, with clothes I can afford. My style became a statement of my new way of leaving. I’m a nomad, and my wardrobe changes according to where I’m travelling and living. I live from 12 kg backpack and I never been so happy. I wear lovely dresses, I have my cosmetic products and a makeup bag. You don’t need to become a hippie to live a minimalist lifestyle. You can look good, be pretty and also spend time and money on what makes you a better person.

Travel opens your eyes, takes you from your comfort zone, shows you  the contrast of cultures and beliefs. Makes you a better person, you understand more about the world and about yourself. And that what really matter, your personality,  your smile and the experiences you have in life.

So don’t tell me that you can’t travel because you don’t have money. For sure you can, but you need to have priorities, and unless you are a top rich supermodel, you don’t need 50 pairs of shoes…

Love,
Natalie
Currently in Southeast Asia, travelling with only two pairs of shoes


Already in her 30s, Natalie finally realized that she doesn’t need to be on her high heels to feel sexy. She discovered that life is so much easier when you smile and stay positive. She is a journalist by profession and have worked as a reporter, news reader, TV presenter, shop manager. She previously owned a beauty salon. Work is not a problem for Natalie. Her big challenge is not to party too hard. As her friends call her, she is a worldwide party animal. Natalie loves food, wine, a good laugh, meeting new people and cats.

  1. Allison

    24 June

    I’m in total agreement. A lifetime of experiences > spending hundreds a month following mercurial trends! For my 6-month trip through Europe, I pared down my wardrobe to the very basics, but I made sure I still brought things I love that make me feel beautiful – a lovely dress, a nice thin blouse that packs down to take almost no room, a maxi skirt I wear constantly. It all fits in my carry-on size backpack. Though I couldn’t quite pare it down to just 2 pairs of shoes… I’m at 3 (4 if you count my shower flipflops). So props to you on that one!

    • Well done Alisson!!
      Glad to know that you choose a life full experiences than a wardrobe will of clothes!
      When I started mine around the word trip I had 3 pairs of shoes and my flipflops too, took me a while to give away my ankle boots. But who needs a pair of boots when you are in Thailand?? 🙂
      Happy travels and enjoy life!!
      Kisses from the road!
      Nat

  2. Mahmoud

    26 June

    You are right, travel would provide a unique life experience and would allow us to learn more new things!
    Thanks for the amazing tips!

  3. Eddie

    28 June

    This is a very cunning inspiration for travel aspirants. On point. One Jonathan Livingston Seagull, finally! Thank you madame for a pragmatic touch on this.

  4. Good post.

  5. Erwin Who

    5 July

    I guess travelling in this article is a euphemism for “go for what makes you happy”. Society dictates this and that, it could get tiring really. I hope more people can be enlightened by this article, especially those people who become materialistic just to fill in the voids inside.

  6. Cat

    25 August

    Such a brilliant blog post! I Love this so much. It is true that we spend too much time and money on things that grant us no happiness in life. I’m positive that if we focus on the experiences in life rather than possession, we would be a 100 times happier.

  7. Kristine Li

    27 August

    Totally feeling this more and more as time goes by! Now I gauge things that tempt me by comparing it with what the money can get me for travels. It works!

  8. Kim

    27 August

    Live your story! I can so relate to this.

  9. Emily P. Olds

    14 December

    Great post!! Thanks you so much for sharing this post!

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