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Get My Manifesto: Travel the World When You’re Not Rich, Fearless or Lucky


sign up for the Bvtw newsletterI’ve decided to put together a Brooke vs. the World manifesto, and it is based on the following theme:

If I can travel the world, anyone can.

You can download a copy of the manifesto just by signing up for my official BvtW newsletter. Once you’ve confirmed subscription, you’ll be given a link to download the manifesto, Travel the World When You’re Not Rich, Fearless or Lucky.

A Brief Summary of My Manifesto

I’m a normal person, just like you. I have problems, bills and mental barriers constantly trying to hold me back. But, I also have dreams and a little bit of persistence.

No, people, you don’t just wake up one day and realize you’re on a 6 month holiday in Central Asia (at least not usually). It takes setting goals, planning and determination to get to that point — a sometimes stressful process depending on your current situation.

And while arduous, I know that you could most definitely do the exact same thing. Why? Because I’ve done the same thing, and I’m not special:

I’m not rich.

brooke with moneyI may be, at times, a bit of a work-a-holic, but I’ve never had extremely high paying jobs or been gifted obscene amounts of money. I live a very frugal life, and I never have anything really fashionable in my wardrobe. I work endless hours on the computer to try and make my work from home life work for me and my travel needs.

I’m not fearless.

If you’ve been following along, you will know I just did a series on travel anxiety. I get scared and nervous about a large number of things in my life, but somehow my wanderlust makes those issues less of an… well… issue. Some people fear flying, but overcome it. Some people fear traveling solo, and others can’t get past the simple act of saving money.

I’m not lucky.

brooke working hard for the moneyI’ve never won any travel contests… you know, the ones where people have to vote, or even ones where it’s anyone’s luck of the draw. The cool thing is you don’t have to be lucky to travel the world… as long as you want it bad enough.

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19 Responses to Get My Manifesto: Travel the World When You’re Not Rich, Fearless or Lucky

  1. Kristin March 1, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Love it — very inspirational! It’s great to see someone making their dreams a reality…and really makes me want to sit down and work out how I can do that too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Brooke March 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      Do it, Kristen, do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jade - March 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Great post! Sometimes I feel pretty stressed before leaving for a trip, but everything always works out alright ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Jeremy March 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Good on’ya, Brooke! Fact is, anyone can travel. They just have to be willing to make the first steps.

  4. [F]oxymoron March 8, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I’ve been reading Brooke for years… she’s right too!

  5. amber March 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Thanks Brooke!

    I especially love “I’m not lucky.” I do my best to not be too sensitive to this one, but it’s like a little jab every time someone says “oh wow, you’re so lucky.” Luck has had nothing to do with it.

    Sacrficie, hard work, persistence, motivation and again sacrifice. If you want to travel the world or quit your job to do something you love, luck has nothing to do with it. Set a goal, make it happen!

    In one week I leave for Iceland, my first stop on my first trip around the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You can see how luck has had no hand in my journey to this date and begin following me around the globe at

    Peace, Love & Travel

  6. Maddycat March 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiration, Brooke! You’ve hit the nail on the head. It’s all about determination and priorities!

    • Brooke March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Thanks for reading! And yes, it’s just about making a plan and putting it into action.

  7. Adam April 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Hmm… I’ve been pretty lucky (won a few travel contests here and there) and have worked hard to be able to travel as much as I have. But I do genuinely agree that if you really want something and you work hard enough at it, it’s possible.

  8. Merry1 September 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Brooke, you are an inspiration to many young girls, may your travel life be a long and happy one. I joined your Female Travel Newsletter today. I am old – 67 and really don’t feel I should be here however, albeit it i am old I don’t feel it, I am young at heart and we share the same love – of travel. I am a solo female traveller and like you have worked really hard to do what I love best. My late husband gave me the bug and on his deathbed he said to me “do one thing for me carry on travelling and wherever you go I will be with you” one month after his death I was on a plane, only to Europe, but it was a giant leap for me on my own, and guess what I have not stopped. I work hard and I travel hard. I have been to about 113 countries now, I stay in hostels, I chat to the other travellers and it’s just great, I don’t do expensive and that’s my starting line if I decide to go some place I don’t think I can do alone e.g. Bangladesh. I say to an agent this is how I travel and I’m an old backpacker…..and it works really well for me. I’m not scared, I have done 3 bungi’s, abseiled, micro lighted, canoed, white water rafted, ridden more elephants than I can remember +++ and the best is my 11 year old grandson keeps asking why he can’t travel with me as he has now learnt how to read and write and when he is older he can just get a job. How great is that. Unfortunately his Dad does not agree with him so he is still at school! I look forward to your Newsletter and Happy Travels.

    • Brooke December 3, 2012 at 12:55 am #

      You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story. Happy travels to you, and please keep in touch!

  9. DanielW November 28, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Thanks Brooke, just signed up to your newsletter and grabbed the manifesto. Very inspirational, just goes to show that for most people wealth and luck play no part in achieving dreams. It simply comes down to sheer determination with a good dose of planning,


    Looking forward to the newsletter.


    • Brooke December 3, 2012 at 12:54 am #

      Thanks for reading Daniel! So happy to hear that you enjoyed it. It’s hard work making your dreams come true ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Adam Sommer November 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Just found your site via yTravelBlog and really glad I did! You’re a great writer….and the advice here is exactly the same things I’d say to folks!

    • Brooke December 3, 2012 at 12:53 am #

      Thanks for popping by, Adam – happy to have you around BvtW, and very excited to hear from a like-minded individual. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Mojo Yeah July 22, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Brooke, you might just have the cutest looking travel blog out there. I love the colors! This is off topic I know but I just had to say. I’ll put your manifesto on my to-do list. I’m new at this whole blogging thing and you definitely give me hope. Thank you!


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