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Escape: What gets in the way of getting away? Escape: What gets in the way of getting away?
Ever had a moment, or more, where you want to just get up, walk out the door, get in your car, board a random... Escape: What gets in the way of getting away?

Ever had a moment, or more, where you want to just get up, walk out the door, get in your car, board a random airplane and not even care where you’ll end up? Do you wish you could shrink the world to make certain cities closer to each other, and easier to travel to? Are you ready, or maybe even long overdue for a vacation to a place you’ve never been? You don’t need a winning lottery ticket to get there. Allow me to show you how.

Let’s consider some of the reasons not to travel first, as there are lots of them. Some people simply have no desire to leave their hometown. If that’s the case there’s probably very little this book will do for you, unless you’re looking for a major change in your lifestyle. But even if there’s a burning desire to travel, I’ve heard many reasons to not leave home. Pointing at one’s life partner: “He won’t let me.” Or, “She won’t let me.”

“My finances don’t allow me. I have a mortgage payment, car payment, and credit card payment. At the end of my money there’s always some bills left to pay.”

“We have young children and can’t possibly travel. It’s too much of a hassle, and too expensive.”

“It’s way too dangerous to travel these days. Bad things happen in the world constantly.”

“I can’t get the time off from work, and even if I could get a few days off, I’m just too busy and will never get my work done.”

The list goes on. Most reasons people have to not travel are just excuses, that keep us trapped in circumstances that we think are comfortable. It’s nice to stay inside the boundaries of that comfort zone, whatever we make it out to be. Blaming something external like a job, life partner or the kids is a convenient way to avoid taking full responsibility for our own life, and having to question those “comforts” too much for comfort.

Fear of traveling, or fear of going outside of our comfort zone, is perfectly normal. But fear is often based on perception, some idea we have in the back of our minds. Even though most of those ideas are not based on reality, I still use them as leverage to do some risk-mitigation planning. I don’t shy away from asking myself the tough questions to see what the absolute worst is that could happen.

It turns out that most risks can be avoided, and aside from a few exceptions, most decisions I make today can be reversed later on, if I decide to take on a different path. Life won’t fall apart if you take two weeks off. As a matter of fact it might actually improve. Sometimes those who wander off end up having the greatest adventures.

So go on, explore. Allow yourself to book that trip to that one place you’ve always wanted to go. You deserve it. But you don’t really need me to tell you that – you need to believe it yourself. Travel often. Getting lost will help you find yourself.

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Do you dream of traveling the world, and flying for free? The Freedom Project shows a new approach to travel as a lifestyle. Travel has countless benefits to all areas of life, and they are available to everyone.

This book is the liberating blueprint for finding freedom and happiness in your traveling life. The Freedom Project explains, for the first time, the secrets of travel Wilko has used to explore the world, and fly for free:

– How to escape, and deal with what gets in the way of getting away.
– How to plan for travel, turning your dreams into goals, and plans into action.
– How to book travel and claim what’s yours.
– How to prepare to leave, and find the purpose of being packed and ready to go.
– How to go to where you want to be, bridging the distance while still feeling connected.
– How to be at the destination, and live your traveling life feeling more alive.
– How to come home and take some of your traveling “self” to who you are at home.

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Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at