“I Wish I Could Do That!”

  • October 18, 2011 by Corbett Barr
  • 11 Comments

“You’re so lucky!”

“I wish I could do that!”

“Must be nice!”

The new guide Dream, Save, Do by my friends Betsy and Warren Talbot starts out with those three lines.

Betsy and Warren have been traveling full time for over a year now, and have no plans of stopping anytime soon (they plan to be gone for at least three years). When they tell people about the life they’re living, they usually hear some variation of “I wish I could do that.”

It’s true, Betsy and Warren are lucky. They’re lucky to be alive and healthy and smart and to have been born in the free world. But that particular luck isn’t why they’re able to travel the world endlessly, living their dream.

Just a couple of years back, Warren and Betsy were living a pretty typical life. They both worked in successful big-company jobs that left them little time to enjoy life. Betsy was so busy and traveled so much that she couldn’t even join a book club with friends were she lived.

They found themselves in a situation I hear about all the time: they made a lot of money, but somehow always felt strapped for cash. They bought more and more expensive things to justify all the time they spent at work because it made them feel better temporarily.

Like most people in this situation, Warren and Betsy might have continued on this path, eventually retiring in their 60s (assuming the stock market held up, that their health was intact and that their jobs hadn’t caused a divorce by then).

In the Talbots’ case, a few things happened that became catalysts for dramatically changing direction.

They had just about had it with travel schedules, meeting in airports for a quick “dinner” before heading off to different parts of the country. After one such meeting in the Denver airport, they started asking themselves “is this how we really want to live?”

But the real wake up calls came when Betsy’s brother had a heart attack at the age of 35, and when a mutual friend of theirs had a brain aneurysm in her 30s, both in the span of a year.

After that the global economic meltdown of 2008 started, and they started realizing time was the precious commodity of life, and that the “safe road” to retirement wasn’t so safe after all.

Betsy and Warren eventually decided to make major changes. They started asking themselves the hard questions about life, work, freedom and what’s really important. They woke up in their 30s and started to dream again. They stopped accepting the default parameters of life everyone else accepted, and started thinking about ambitious possibilities.

They decided they weren’t going to wait to start living life, and they let themselves admit openly the dreams they had been hiding for so long.

Then they started to plan.

When you have a mountain of debt and responsibility, it can seem impossible to go from a big responsible career to traveling the world, becoming a writer, opening a new business or any other “crazy” alternative life strategy. But Betsy and Warren were able to do it in just a few short years through careful planning, lifestyle changes and serious financial honesty.

There’s really no secret to doing something like Betsy and Warren are. You need a financial cushion or flexible income source to make such a massive change in your life. It’s how I was able to travel and start my new business, and it’s how the Talbots were able to set off on their three year journey around the world.

Dream, Save, Do is the step-by-step guide they created for amassing the cash you need to live your dream. It launches today, and it’s much more than a “spend less than you earn” lecture.

Betsy and Warren know the formula for changing your financial status and your life is simple, but the execution of that formula is difficult. That’s why so many people fail to follow their dreams.

In Dream, Save, Do, Betsy and Warren show you how to:

  • Automate your savings to bypass willpower issues
  • Create homemade “porn” to keep you motivated (not the kind you think)
  • Build a great budget, starting with a crappy one
  • Combat peer pressure and even make people jealous of your new lifestyle
  • Live large on a small entertainment budget

This isn’t pie-in-the-sky, this is a real, proven plan in the exact step-by-step format Betsy and Warren used to save enough to dramatically and permanently change their lives.

Here’s one of the quotes from the book that made me love it so much:

The longer you invest in your current reality – with your time, attention, money, and habits – the harder it will be to pull up stakes and make the changes necessary to live your dream. Don’t kid yourself that you’ll do it later. A dream deferred is a dream denied, and a smarter person than me coined that phrase.

When you hear about people living incredible lives of travel and adventure, or of people who do amazing, fun work with loads of benefits and free time, do you think to yourself, “I wish I could do that,” or do you think, “I know I could do that, I just need the right plan“?

In either case, Dream, Save, Do will set you straight. Check it out. If you buy a copy, I’ll earn a little beer money. If you take action on what the guide teaches you, it will change your life forever.

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Betsy Talbot October 18, 2011 at 5:40 am

I think we should start the Live the Good Life Movement, Corbett. It isn’t easy, but it so far away from hard – especially when you compare it to living an unfulfilling life.

While we hope you get a nice bit of beer money, what we really hope is that people start taking action and applying focus to what they really want – and get it – whether they buy the guide or not. This life is not a dress rehearsal.

Oh, and one little bitty fact problem with the post. The trip isn’t for 3 years anymore. We’re making it a permanent lifestyle. That’s the thing with reaching a big goal…it makes you realize you can do just about anything. Stay tuned as we put our focus and action toward making it a reality.

Corbett October 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Hey Betsy, I was wondering about the trip length, I had a feeling you guys might decide to stay on the road semi-permanently. It’s definitely something on my mind after we finished our two-month jaunt through Europe this summer.

Anyway, congrats again on your success and thanks for being such great examples for people hoping to do something similar.

Akila October 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Congrats to Betsy and Warren on getting this out! I love their site and LOVE the idea that they’re making this a permanent lifestyle. Yay for finding out what you want and then making it a reality.

Betsy Talbot October 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Hi, Akila. The tough part is deciding what you really want, isn’t it? The easier part is making it happen because then it is all a matter of planning and details. I keep relearning this lesson as my goals evolve.

Ryan October 23, 2011 at 3:14 am

I planned and saved up to take a year off–in 2002–and never made it home. …Been living and traveling around Asia ever since. It really is a wonderful lifestyle! It’s great to see that there are so many guides to happiness and fulfillment out these days. Best of luck with your sales.

Betsy Talbot October 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Hi, Ryan. There’s a message out there for everyone, I think. We all just need to hear it in a slightly different way for it to take effect. Happy travels!

TheWorldOrBust October 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

Great post. The only thing in the way of realizing your dreams is yourself. My favorite quote is , “Get out of your head, get into the world”.

Betsy Talbot October 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Yes, I think we live way too much inside our heads in general. That’s a great quote.

Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2 October 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

You got me at “Home Made Porn”.

Pulling my head out of my ass and saving is something I believe Becky might be able to help me with. Maybe she’s the teacher appearing when the student is ready. Maybe she’s the one to finally hammer home to me that I need to pay myself to be a porn star in the movie that is my life first instead of paying other talented people first.

Betsy Talbot October 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Sometimes you need to go a little off color to get people’s attention.

And yes, you need to pay yourself first – whether you are working in porn or not.

Good luck, Lewis!

Hugh November 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

Great inspirational story. Now off to check out that guide! It’s inspiring to see people in their 30s do this because it reminds us that it’s possible for us 30 year olds and not just the 20 year olds fresh out of school.

While my wife and I don’t desire to be permanent nomads, we want to be permanent travelers, traveling for at least 3-4 months out of every year. I have no doubt we will be at this stage in 2-3 years. Thanks for sharing the love!

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