Barbara Weibel proves that it is never too late to pursue your passions, rather than spending your life doing what others expect of you. After 35 years of working in corporate jobs, in 2006, at the age of 54, Barbara decided to follow her dream to travel. After three years of traveling with an apartment as a home base, she was on the road so much that she decided to become a perpetual traveler, and give up any kind of a base. So far, she has visited almost 50 countries on six continents. Barbara shares her story, discoveries, and amazing travel photos on her blog: the Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel (http://holeinthedonut.com/).
“After years of building successful careers that paid the bills but brought no joy, I felt like the proverbial donut – solid on the outside but empty on the inside. In 2006, at the age of 54, I walked away from corporate life, strapped on a backpack and traveled around the world solo for six months. At the time, I had no idea what to do with the rest of my life; I only knew that I was driven to travel and write,” explains Barbara. “I started my blog so that friends and family could follow me around the world but before long, people across the globe were reading it. By the time I returned to the States, I was hooked not only on travel but also on blogging, and the rest is history. These days, my donut hole is stuffed with delicious jelly filling, but I keep the name Hole In The Donut as a reminder to never again sell my soul.”
Barbara’s first tip to anyone who wants to travel is to simply do it, without being afraid. She is an example that you can travel on a budget, make your own reservations, take care of visa issues, and find amazing places to visit. Her stories are inspirational and prove that dreams do come true and that traveling around the globe solo isn’t impossible or dangerous.
“I was only 11 or 12 the first time I picked up a National Geographic magazine but I remember it vividly. It was like an electric shock. I wanted to know everything about the exotic places and people in those photos; it was the beginning of my wanderlust. Today I’m very fortunate to bring those same sort of stories to a new generation,”
You can keep up with Barbara Weibel’s travels and stories on her blog, Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/holeinthedonut) account, Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/holeinthedonut) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/
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