Who would have thought that the decision to buy a car would lead to one of the most amazing, and intense life-changing experiences that would take Cameron Wyatt across the globe?
Born in Denver Colorado, Cameron, a WiGo Trips ambassador was working as a video editor, before that fateful day when he decided to buy a car.
Like most people, he had been immersed in the structured routine of a 9-5, but as someone who had previously taken vacations with family and friends, he knew deep down that he wanted something different. So in that moment, he decided to give it all up and take on the world.
He said: “I can remember the exact moment I made the decision. I was working as a video editor (which I still do today). But back then I was working in an office, which was very structured and routine. On that particular day, I decided that I was going to do some car shopping. I was on all of the different sites, looking for used cars, trying to figure out how much to spend. Then it just clicked: I didn’t want or need a new car.
“What I really wanted to do was go travelling. From that moment on, it was kind of secured in my brain that I was just going to funnel all of this money and effort into travelling. So I took the plunge and brought a ticket. After that, there was no turning back. For the next 6-7 months or so I saved up and was getting ready. I prepared myself mentally to help me be able to do this.”
Since then, Cameron has travelled to many places across the world, including Greece, and Asia.
How Living In a Van Led To Something Special
In 2017, he ended up living from a van in New Zealand for a year, while travelling the country, taking on odd jobs and meeting other explorers.
Little did he know that it was to be the start of something truly special.
“I met some amazing people and made some great friends,'' he said. “I traveled across New Zealand, before going to Greece, Southeast Asia and returning back to New Zealand to close out the year. It was an incredible experience. It really changed my perspective about day-to-day life and what I’m kind of looking to do with my life in the future.”
But the thing about adventure is that you never know what’s around the corner. Travel surprises you in ways you do not expect and you end up growing as a result.
So when I asked Cameron about the most memorable and amazing experience he had from traveling, his answer surprised me: an earthquake.
He added: “I was in Bali in July 2018 during a massive earthquake. Coming from Denver, Colorado, I’d never experienced an earthquake before. It was really scary and unfamiliar. But the amazing thing is what happened afterwards.
“There were many tourists and digital nomads in Bali. Seeing all of these different people come together to volunteer their time and energy to help out complete strangers and people in Bali was pretty remarkable. Experiencing humanity in action for positive purposes was really powerful.”
Readjusting to Everyday Life
For Cameron, returning home and readjusting to the daily humdrum of life after such life-altering experiences was a challenge. This is something we don’t often talk about in the travel community: the readjustment process that happens after we return to our home base. Before we travel, we only have our dreams as a yardstick.
But when the desire to travel is fulfilled, it never truly goes away. For many explorers, life seems so ordinary and predictable when we return home that assimilating back into the rat race leaves a void.
Cameron is one of the lucky ones. He found WiGo Trips. Signing up as an ambassador gave him a new lease of life that turned a mere dream into a reality.
“I returned home and tried to readjust to the real world. I didn’t have any money. I’d already sold my stuff before I left, I didn’t have a place to live, so I needed to get back on track.
“I knew I didn’t want to go back to an office job and I was still riding the high of this incredible year that I’d just experienced. So I altered my search in the job listings to focus on travel and WiGo Trips was one of the ones that popped up.
“It was like a shining beacon because it was exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to travel for a living and share my experience with other people. So I threw my hat in the ring and it all worked out.”
Becoming a WiGo Trips Ambassador
Cameron then became an ambassador for WiGo Trips. He is responsible for curating and organizing trips overseas. He is also in charge of a planning process which involves gathering like-minded people from all over the world to share these amazing experiences.
You can almost write the end of the script, for it’s hardly surprising that becoming an ambassador for WiGo Trips led to yet more profound experiences for Cameron, which signaled he was on the right path.
After becoming an ambassador, he found himself in Kansas City at the beginning of the year in a room with complete strangers. By the end of it all, he was hooked. After all, meeting spectacular people from all over the world is addictive.
Cameron explained: “It took less than a couple of hours for us all to be best friends. Seeing our shared interests align was really important to me because I had previously been surrounded by people who were towing the line and going the traditional route.
“Therefore knowing that there were other people who shared my passion for traveling and were able to break free from the traditional routine was just amazing.”
Bringing People Together
Cameron’s experiences are far from unique. WiGo Trips has done a spectacular job of bringing together the most eclectic people from across the world and allowing them to experience the beauty of traveling together.
If you think that solo travel is awesome, just imagine how much more powerful it could be when you already have a ready-made group of interesting people who all share the same passion as you.
But what about you? Have you had any amazing experiences overseas? We’d love to hear your stories!
Janine Griffiths | Journalist
Janine is a copywriter and marketing strategist from England, with a background in journalism. She has represented many major brands throughout her career such as HSBC, Prudential and BIM. She runs a popular travel blog called janinesjourneys.com and has made has previously worked for major regional newspapers in the UK such as the Guardian, Yorkshire Post and the Shropshire Star