This may seem like strange advice from a restless traveler who is always urging you to get off the couch and see the world, but in this case, the where isn’t about a physical location.
3 years ago, Chris Guillebeau was a relatively unknown blogger who was publishing his first book and going out on a book tour that he was putting on himself.
He was asking for volunteers to host him and some of his team members as he came through different cities.
I jumped at the chance to host when they came through Philadelphia.
Preliminary plans were made, and I was going to meet and be inspired by Chris, a hero of mine, in person.
We were going to stay up at night talking about life and entrepreneurship.
His guidance was going to help me hatch an idea, and I was going to finally start something of my own…and it was going to be big!
And then I moved to Switzerland.
The months rolled by.
I moved back to America and started teaching high school again.
The months rolled by.
I decided I needed a change. I moved to Japan and continued teaching high school.
The months turned in to a year.
Nothing big happened.
And then, finally, after a year and a half of inaction, I started this site.
Readership grew slowly.
I wrote some really good posts, and some not so good posts. I started to find my voice.
Readership grew more rapidly.
I started an email newsletter to build a stronger community.
People loved it.
I started a podcast and have had the chance to interview some of the world’s top travel experts.
People love it.
And yet, as I plan to head to the World Domination Summit in July and finally meet Chris for the first time, I can’t help but think….
What could have been?
If I had hosted Chris way back then, would I have reached the incredibly high heights that he has reached?
Would I have over 100,000 twitter followers?
Would I be hosting a world renowned conference of over 300 people?
The answer to some of these questions might be yes.
And sitting here now as medium level blogger with a 1,750 twitter followers, looking up at Chris, I sometimes get jealous.
Longing for what he has.
If I had never gone to Switzerland,
I never would have had the hilarious experience of driving a $250,000 trophy up the coast of Italy to Lausanne.
I never would have attended the world’s greatest party, Oktoberfest, with some of my best friends.
I never would have drank wine from the vineyard that I LIVED ON.
And I never would have been inspired to travel more, which means:
I never would have backpacked through Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia.
I never would have scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef.
And I never would have started this website, because I never would have had the passion to teach others about travel.
I never would have 1,750+ awesome twitter followers.
I never would have 30,000+ monthly viewers.
I never would have 1,200+ incredible newsletter subscribers.
And I never would have the amazing community that has been built here at Extra Pack of Peanuts over the last 1.5 years.
So instead of lamenting “what could have been”, I think it’s time I’m happy about where I am.
Because where I am is pretty damn sweet!