Sonia Taylor: Travel Writer and Jewellery Designer.
A self-described 'incurably curious wanderer', Sonia Taylor has been travelling the world for the better part of a decade. Leaving her home of Sydney and a flourishing career in publishing and media to pursue a life of exploration has seen her visit over 37 countries. Here she shares just how she makes her nomadic lifestyle work and some beautiful insights on what it means to be happy on your own terms.
What appeals to you most about living without permanent roots? In terms of being able to live without permanent roots for so long, you could say I'm a model Sagittarius, the philosopher and traveller of the zodiac. I have an insatiable curiosity about the world, I need to see and touch and taste, and I want to learn, to understand and cultivate knowledge through experience. So where others prioritise a job or a home for what it gives them, I prioritise travel for what I receive in return, it's just a personal choice. To me, travel is the best education you'll ever have, and as the cliché goes, the only thing you'll buy that makes you richer.
How do you maintain this incredible lifestyle long term? I have a Media & Communications degree and worked in publishing, dabbling in freelance writing. As my savings dwindled on the road I began taking the time to freelance again, so I could stay away for longer periods. I'm a freelance writer, content creator and sub-editor. I'm also a Retreat Manager for Sacred Journeys, helping manage spiritual and healing retreats in high vibrational areas around the world, which will see my travels continue. I am also working on a blog and a label with my sister and partner in crime, Fiona.
What advice would you give other people dreaming of doing the same? You can find a million and one excuses for why you can't do whatever travel you're dreaming of right now. But know that all of your excuses are stemming from fear, and fear is an illusion selling us the idea that comfort exists in the known. It keeps us at arm's length from amazing, life-changing experiences. Have I ever put off travelling because it seemed too difficult? Sure. Have I ever been scared to go somewhere? Hell yes. But if I knew deep down I should, I still went anyway. The reality is that when you really want to do something, you'll make it work for you. If you want to go away for a long time, what are skills you could monetise to help you stay away? And don't forget that not everything is always about money; are there opportunities to use your skills in exchange for things like room and board (like on helpx.net)?
What ideas or beliefs keep you fearless in the face of constant change? Not having expectations, and being flexible, courageous and opening yourself to possibility helps you get in the flow of it all, and it's quite incredible how many opportunities will arise as a result. So whether you think you don't have enough money, or are too scared to go it alone, or fear you won't get a job when you return, these worries are a waste of your energy. No one has a crystal ball and the best bit of travel is the not-knowing part, because most of the time things turn out better than our limited imagination allows. I can say from experience that if you have the kind of knowing that sits deep in your belly, listen to it: that's your intuition and it's trying to help lead you to where you need to be. Go, and have faith: when you leap, the net will appear. The details have a wonderful way of working themselves out.
Images by Fiona Taylor and Amber Jane.