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Is it time to take a permanent vacation? Is it time to take a permanent vacation?
There are days where I just want to drop everything and leave. Not what you might expect from the author of a bestselling book... Is it time to take a permanent vacation?

There are days where I just want to drop everything and leave. Not what you might expect from the author of a bestselling book about happiness – but some days I’ve just had enough of it all. Enough of western society, the way people treat each other, the loneliness and depression that are so prevalent. There are days I want to sell my “big” (in comparison to European standards that is) house and car and buy a small apartment somewhere in South America, probably Argentina. To use the words of fellow author John C. Parkin – there are days I want to say f*ck it. In the end, he claims, it’s those two little words that will set you free.

If you haven’t read one of Johns books, I’d highly recommend you do. And that’s not just because he had some nice things to say about my book as well:

F**k It, I’d buy a copy (if Wilko hadn’t sent me a review copy): this brilliant book offers my perfect mix of inspired ideas and strategies with propositions that really made me ponder. Can money really buy 80% of your happiness? Errmmm, how does it work for me? Whatever, I get the feeling that, for the small price of this book, people will be buying a significantly higher % chance of freedom and happiness. — John C. Parkin, author of the F**k It books

So do yourself a favour – get both!

Sell Art OnlineAre you looking for more meaning in your life, maybe even a sense of happiness? Are you tired of days that simply blend into each other? Do you find yourself sitting in traffic not having a real answer to the question why you even left in the first place? Are you fighting with your spouse, family members, or coworkers? Do you feel tired all day yet can’t sleep at night? Maybe it’s time to get away from it all: imagine a life where you can just get up in the morning, walk to the beach, have a fresh juice and enjoy the sun.

It’s been proven time and time again that too much stress can be affecting your health: chronic stress can cause or aggravate anxiety, depression, substance abuse, heartburn, chronic pain, high blood pressure, ulcers – the list goes on. While I wouldn’t advocate running away from your problems, sometimes it’s good to allow yourself some distance. It’s good to literally take some space, to allow your body and mind to rest and get a clearer view of it all. What better way to do this than in a place where the pace of living is relaxed.

TFPH-book-photoToo often, I used travel as an escape from a life I didn’t even like in the first place. When travelling, I felt less confined by time, money or location. I could do whatever I wanted, I could spend some extra cash I had saved up, and go wherever I wanted to go. Yet after coming home my stress levels quickly spiked back to where they were before I had left. Instead of tacky souvenirs, I wanted to take that experience of freedom home with me. I became passionate about implementing my traveling lifestyle right at home, reconnect with my passions and live a meaningful life – which eventually resulted in my second bestselling book: The Freedom Project – Happiness.

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The feature image for this post is provided by Creative Windmill Photography. It’s also the cover image for my book The Freedom Project – Happiness.


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.