Sell Everything, Travel the World, & Visit Pablo Escobar in Colombia

The group met in Napa Valley with people coming from all over the world. Naturally, we shared where we were from when we introduced ourselves.

I’m homeless and everything I own fits in a small suitcase.”

I wasn’t sure if she was serious or kidding. Turns out she was only half joking.

Her story is fascinating.

I met Antonia Lo Giudice through Tim Ferriss—the author of the 4 Hour Work Week—when he gathered a small group of authors in Napa to exchange ideas about writing and marketing.

Antonia is the author of Stop Hiding and Discover Yourself.

Recently I caught up with Antonia for a captivating interview from Medillin Colombia—her home at the moment. 

By coincidence, I spent some time in the same area she was living so we traded stories about one of my favorite cities in the world.

Medillin first landed on my radar after reading the book Killing Pablo—a non-fiction book with more action than a Jason Bourne movie. It used to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and now Antonia is living there.

You’ll have to watch the interview to hear more about her adventure and what prompted her to sell everything she owned and leave her life of relative luxury to travel the world living from a backpack.



17 Replies to “Sell Everything, Travel the World, & Visit Pablo Escobar in Colombia”

  1. Wow, great interview Chuck. I have also sold everything and been travelling around in South America much the same way Antonia has, I can’t tell you how much more fulfilling this new life is compared to my old one. 

    For me, the hardest part isn’t traveling without having a long-term plan, nor was it when I liquidated all my belongings. The hardest part was making the decision and meaning it. Once I had mad the decision to change, everything else has been a fulfilling journey into self-discovery. 

    To everyone on the edge out there, take the leap, you won’t regret it one second.

    1. Thanks Jonathan for chiming in. Where have you been and how long are you traveling. These stories are so interesting to me.

  2. Nice interview Chuck, you captured the essence of a truly amazing woman who has taught me so much.

    She touches on so many important points about how we deal with things that are put on our path, and the most important lesson I have learned is that each obstacle we face or difficult ciscumstances we live, althought we dont always see it in the moment, are opportunities to learn. If we embrace that, accept it, and are open to learning, its amazing what we can accomplish. I keep that in mind each time life throws me a curve ball!

  3. I enjoyed this interwiew so much! Even if we kept in touch, to see and hear Antonia talk with you about her great adventures and share her passion made me feel closer to her because I miss her so much. She continues to inspire people where ever she is and show everyone again and again that you can do it if you really want it by believing in yourself and others.

  4. i have also met antonia on her way through south america because she and her husband pascal where staying with me and my boyfriend in valparaiso, chile. she is a very motivating person, i have to admit.
    not just talking to her about how she gave up her “safe life” back home, to fullfil her dream… also reading her blogs AND books make you feel like you can achieve whatever you want in your life!!!
    my personal change after reading antionias ebook, wasn´t THAT big actually… i have always wanted to learn playing the violin. after reading antonias book a sunday afternoon, i went off on monday to buy a violin. i had it at home for several days, starting to get less and less motivated to go and actually find someone to teach me. (at that time my personal motivater ‑antonia — had already moved to another country)
    but… after receiving several emails from her, asking me when i will have my first concert, i went to the next music school and found myself a private teacher…
    so here i am, 30 years old, a very impatient person (and believe me- patience is THE ONE thing you need to learn that instrument), doing something i have wanted to do ALL MY LIFETHANKS TO ANTONIA!!! 😉

    1. I think that is big Kathrin! It’s stepping beyond our comfort zone that is hard, not the actual project or adventure. And, one thing leads to another. Wait and see 🙂

    1. You know Angela, I really wanted to do what Antonia is doing, but at this point with kids, two or three relatively long escapes a year are good for us. 

      There are lot of people I’ve met who are successfully traveling the world full time with families, but I’m not yet ready for that yet–maybe never–but who knows. It sure would be valuable cultural an experience for kids though.

      1. That’s understandable and that would be my thing as well. Mine are early teens so maybe I’ll possibly wait it out? Not sure. The reason I said, your lifestyle was ’cause it’s nice to take long escape yet have a place to come back to. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of her lifestyle, but I think I’d have moments where I’d just want to go back to my cave (home) when needed. Not from being homesick, but just be with self.

        It’s sort of hard to explain. I love the way Angelina Jolie (and Brad) travel with their kids. Who knows though, things change. Again, great interview, very inspiring and eye opening.

  5. thank you Chuck for intorducing me to my sister. Sometimes the ones closest to us are the ones we really know the least. I learned a lot about Antonia as a person. I have really tried to stay hungry and be foolish but this interview has kicked me in the ass, complacency is very sneaky>lol. great interview.

  6. What a courageous woman! She doing what she loves and what she was meant to do. I was reading one of her stories on her blog…she says that fear stops us from doing what we want to do. She’s absolutely right. One day I will overcome that fear (of failure) and just do it. Thanks Antonia

  7. There is so much opportunity out there for people who take risks and try their luck in another country.
    In 2005 after working one year in an entry-level job right out of college, I decided to quit my job and live in South America for a year to get fluent in Spanish. It was the best decision in my life. I found an adventurous friend to join me and we planned six months in Santiago, Chile and six in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    I ended up staying in Chile, discovering the many business opportunities for an expat in Chile, and spending the next 2.5 years there rather the six months as initially planned. Since, I’ve spent about 4.5 of the past 8 years in Chile with a few return trips to the U.S. in between.
    If you’re sick of where your life is going, change it. One of the best ways is to pick a destination and go for it. Have 3 to 6 months of savings to get you started, but as an American or European living in a foreign non-English-speaking country, you’ll be able to find enough work to cover living expenses, especially if you learn to live frugally.

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