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I have traveled to 20 countries since turning 18. I am not a trust-fund kid. I don’t know how to count cards and I find the stock market confusing at best. And no, I don’t have a sugar daddy. What I do have is an intense desire, bordering on biological need, to see and experience everything I possibly can. I have done everything from travel hacking to finding jobs abroad to having the smallest, saddest closet of all my friends (men included) to afford to travel. And finally, all those hours spent scouring the internet looking for ways to travel and jobs online has paid off: I’ve been working for an online thesis editing company for a year and I leave to begin traveling full-time on July 18, 2017.

Ever since I was little, all I can remember ever wanting to do was travel. I would sit on the couch staring up at Samantha Brown’s face as she travelled to – what I considered at the time to be VERY exotic places – and hoping that one day that would be me. I wish I could say that I had an incredible humanitarian reason for traveling to every country or that, like Cassie de Pecol, I was a Peace Ambassador and that I would talk to local schools and help plant trees to lessen my carbon footprint. I don’t have any such reason. I merely want to learn as much about this world as possible and hopefully gain a better understanding of different cultures, religions, beliefs, traditions, customs.. in short, I want to really understand the people who inhabit this Earth.

Especially with everything going on in the world today, I think it’s important to be open to not only accepting other people’s differences, but celebrating them and truly ┬álearning to appreciate diversity.

So if you’re interested in seeing where this decision leads me, feel free to follow along and hopefully I can inspire you to see a little more of this world along the way.