My name is Ginger. Welcome to The Traveler’s Mindset!
This platform stands for the possibility of all Americans having passports and traveling internationally. (Currently only 38% of U.S. citizens have a passport even though our passport is the third most powerful passport in the world.)
Can you imagine how powerful it would be to reach the tipping point? Imagine if even 50% of our population—or about 160 million people—were traveling abroad, experiencing other cultures, and building deep relationships with people all around the world?
I can. Even in a time where acts of terrorism dominate the news, it’s more important than ever to travel. On the surface, travel can give us a grand adventure, the spark we’ve been looking for to ignite our life’s passion, the direction we crave when we’re lost and searching.
On a deeper level, we each have the responsibility of knowing the world intimately and dissolving conflicts that divide us. We can do this most powerfully through travel. We can learn to understand a person’s needs and desires, and see with new eyes, how they are our own needs, our own desires.
The Traveler’s Mindset has already helped hundreds of people travel internationally through coaching and in talks and workshops around the United States. Our participants have moved to different continents, learned new languages, started life-long frienships across the world, and discovered they were all more confident and capable than they had imagined, and a lot less isolated than they believed.
That confidence and that feeling of friendship and connection is possible for you, too.
And yes, I remember what it was like before I started traveling. I was intrigued by what life in a different country would be like, but I couldn’t imagine how to start. I didn’t know what was waiting for me beyond the edge of my comfort zone.
Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I didn’t “get out” much and I had no idea how to travel, let alone become close friends with people in places as far away as Thailand, Luxembourg, or Colombia.
As I shared in my TEDx talk on The Key To Living A Life Of Adventure, it all started with a mindset shift that, fortunately, happened when I was just 14 years old.
I chose to look for opportunities to travel abroad and especially, opportunities to fund my travels, rather than focusing on what I didn’t know or couldn’t do yet. I chose to be open to new conversations with new people rather than being afraid of what could go wrong or scared I didn’t speak their language.
And things started to unfold. Opportunities started coming my way. Since then, I’ve worked, studied and traveled abroad for more than 4 years, and I’ve explored 26 countries so far.
From a semester abroad, to a year on the Fulbright grant, to working for the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and freelancing ‘digital nomad style’ in Thailand after that, I now live and work in sunny Colorado. And I still make sure to get my passport’s pages freshly stamped each year.
I now speak German, French and a little Italian, and I’m gradually building up my Spanish as well. I’m involved with worldwide organizations like Global Shapers and my passion is helping people use travel as a tool for personal transformation.
But again, none of this happened overnight. And I get that, from where you’re standing, it might seem nearly impossible.
You might still be in school, or have kids, or be working full time with no more than 14 days of vacation—unpaid. I get that you probably have a list of reasons why you can’t travel right now, or why you don’t really need to build friendships with people around the world.
And that’s totally ok. Really.
You can have reasons why ‘it won’t work’, and still take action towards what you want. The results you get will depend on what you do.
The Traveler’s Mindset is here to powerfully shift those “it won’t work” thoughts into “wow, this is possible” revelations, so you feel less stress and resistance and have more fun and energy along the way.
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And hey — thank you.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit this site. Thanks for sharing your traveler’s mindset with the people around you. And most of all, thank you for being open-minded, curious, and adventurous.
The world needs more people like you.