Homebody or world traveler? Now this is the question! One that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. No matter where I am I feel like the grass is always greener on the other side of the border. Don’t get me wrong, I love Utah and will always call it home. Part of me just wants to stick around here forever, it’s what I’m used to. I get into these moods where I just want to enjoy my nice big home and read a book watch a movie by the fire. Build up my food storage, join the PTA and pay my mortgage for the next 29 years, basically live the American dream. I would call this the “homebody” in me.

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The world traveler

But another part of me wants to leave. Wants to explore. This is obvious to anyone who knows me. I’ve traveled out of the US every year since I was like 10. I’ve lived in 4 countries outside of the US, 3 of which were developing countries, for a total of 5 years of my live. My country list is currently at 25 countries on 5 continents and counting. I love travel and culture so much. I’ve found ways to travel cheaply, safely, and often. I consider myself a “world traveler“.

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So what’s the struggle?

Why can’t I figure out if I am a homebody or world traveler? Well… I think it’s because I am a little of both. I want the best of both worlds. The nice thing for me is that I have everything going for me. A wife that I believe is the perfect companion for me. She is beautiful, fun, kind, a great mom, and willing to go wherever I want to go as long as we both feel it is inspired. Now that last point may not seem like a big deal right off hand, but it is. I have talked to many friends and acquaintances over the years that tell me that they would love to travel or live out of the country but their wife isn’t into “that kind of think”. Now, they could just be talk, but I really feel like “my wife won’t go” has got to be at the top of a lot of people’s reasons for not following their [travel] dreams. So right here, right now, shout out to my perfect wife, thank you! ♥️

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Can you be both a homebody and a world traveler?

Yes, I think you can.
Listen, I travel a lot. But that doesn’t make me any more special or privileged than you. I hear all the time (as recent as yesterday!) “you’re so lucky you get to travel and see the world“. WRONG! Luck has nothing to do with it people!! I believe it all comes down to priorities. And you have to make an effort. I put my family first, I really do. If my wife and I are prayerful about our life path then I have no doubt we will end up doing what makes us happy, even if that means no future travel. The Lord has a plan and I am thrilled that so far it has involved travel, culture, language, and adventure. But I’m even more satisfied with the family life I’ve been blessed with than I am with the traveling I’ve done. With the job I have that provides for me and so many others a long the way. I can hardly wait till I go on my next adventure with my wife and kids. I’m always on the look out for a good reason to visit a new country in this beautiful world! And who knows, my next adventure might be just around the corner, or it might be in 10 years. All I know is that I want to love every minute of my travels and my in-between time as the “homebody world traveler
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Thanks for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts, are you a “homebody” or “world traveler”? Have you found a way to balance life and travel?
Phillip is a 27 year old father of two. He has visited 25 countries on five continents and lived in four of those countries for over five years. He speaks fluent Italian and Spanish and has a deep passion for family, travel and cultures. He co-founded Yuda Bands in 2009 and has helped provide over 1,200 years of scholarships to youth in developing nations.