You can’t be stuck in this life any longer, living for the weekend, longing for the annual vacation – a couple of weeks of bliss to reward yourself for 50 weeks of banal, or dare I say it, boring.
This can’t be life. There must be more…
You don’t want to skip through countries collecting passport stamps. No, you want to explore nations, far and wide, taking time to soak up all the magic and mystery of the culture and creed. You want to get off-the-beaten track, to have time to really get to know a place. Damn it, you want to work abroad. Hell, you want to live abroad.
You don’t want to dip your toes in travel, you want to immerse yourself in it. But how?
Whether you’re sick of the daily grind and want to try something new or you’re sure that your travel experience to date is just the beginning of a road to a new life, by coming here you’ve already taken a step in the right direction.
Among the tales of my misadventures, you’ll find real advice on the fundamentals of how to break free from the boundaries of your current existence to create the lifestyle you desire.
A lifestyle of travel, freedom, creativity and independent earning. A life where you push your boundaries, conquer your fears and smash through barriers, enabling you to grow and develop in confidence and belief far beyond the realms of your wildest imaginations.
My name is Christopher John Haughey. Quite the mouthful indeed. As no writer ever got anywhere by using their full name, it’ll be C.J. Haughey from here on in, not to be confused with the former president of Ireland who got mixed up in a spot of gun-running back in the day. We don’t speak much of old Uncle Charlie now, god rest his rebel soul.
South Armagh was an interesting place to grow up in, a turbulent pressure cooker of opposing forces. An innate desire to be free, roaring ferocious, yet chained to the status quo, boxed in by the powers of larger oppressing forces.
My own life was a microcosm of it, mirroring the conflict between my fantastical imagination and the shackles of shyness that strangled such wild hopes and dreams. A low flame flickered and crackled for years, barely alight in the shadows as I plodded through the motions, hitting all the milestones that society had laid out for me to follow.
Until I could follow no more.
While ardent use of a pen or passport carries no guarantee of a sustainable living, I’ve long felt destined to do life a little differently. Nothing else calls to me from what most call “real life”.
And so I’m joining the legions of the digital age by developing a lifestyle of creative earning online while I continue to sooth the burning itch. (The itch being the travel bug, not some worrying medical issue)
I’m going to take what I know and love and make it my life and along the way I’m going to show you how to do it too.
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How did this happen?
Family vacations first planted the seed of wanderlust, while childhood stories of my father’s far-flung adventures further nurtured my travel dreams. Plus I’m Irish, it’s in our genetics to get around.
I got my first taste of life abroad when I left home at 18 to go to university in England.
It was there that my mind awakened to much more than any lecture could have taught me as I discovered there was much more to the world than I had known in my little rural hometown in Northern Ireland.
Since 2011, I’ve lived abroad for all but a few months of 2015 when I made an overdue return home for my eldest sister’s wedding. Over three years had passed in which I had lived in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand and backpacked around a lot of South East Asia.
All of a sudden I was back.
But something was different, not just at home, but inside me. I knew I couldn’t stay.
Since August 2015, I’ve been teaching English in South Korea.
This September, I will return home for a month to spend some time with family and explore my own country more than I ever have before. In October, I will board a one-way flight to South America to conquer a long-held ambition of exploring the continent with an extended odyssey of adventure, slow travel, work, volunteering projects, cultural home-stays and language exchanges.
By my side will be my partner-in-crime, Diana. This beautiful Canadian woman, who has captured my heart and at least three of my old t-shirts (that I know of), has always been afar. However, in August we will close the chapter on the long-distance malarkey and be together full-time.
Extended travel together will be our biggest test but we relish the challenge. I’m not a religious man, if however you want to ensure we don’t kill each other on the road, I have no objections if you would like to offer up a prayer to Batman. If he can’t help, nobody can.
How is The Digital Crusader going to help?
My previous attempts at writing a travel blog were little more than a side-hobby, an uneducated, casual after-thought and like many blogs, a glorified diary.
Over time, I’ve been developing my skills in freelance writing, website design, social media marketing and SEO.
Yes, that’s right folks, I’m slowly and surely becoming a full-on
computer nerd digital ninja.
The Digital Crusader will not only help me achieve my dream lifestyle, it will provide practicable advice for YOU to embark on your own crusade, so you can conquer your self-doubts to come out of your shell and change your life for the better. Be creative, be free!
Thanks for stopping by and the best of luck on creating the life you deserve!
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