I’ve been travelling on and off for the last five years. I’ve been to most countries in Europe, along with Peru, Thailand, Mexico and Cuba. But my graduation from college forced me to make a decision – find a job and keep traveling on vacation or find a way to keep traveling.
Without any hesitation, I chose to spend my time figuring out how I could spend my life traveling. I knew that if I only traveled on vacation a small, but crucial part of my soul would wither and die.
Since I first started traveling at the age of 19, I knew that I eventually wanted to see every single country in the world. I can’t really explain why, I just can’t imagine a life of travel that doesn’t include visiting every single country at least once (this might be my OCD though). Then when I picked up Chris Gillebeau’s novel The Happiness of Pursuit, I realized that I needed to turn my dream into a goal and give it a deadline. I decided on 30 and the rest is history.
Just kidding. It wasn’t even close to being that easy.
If I wanted to travel to every country in the world before I turned 30 I realized that I needed to be traveling A LOT. Much more than any traditional job anywhere in the world would allow me, so I had to get creative. I needed to find a way to make money while I was traveling.
I spent every spare minute I could looking for jobs an English major with NO tech experience whatsoever could do for work online. After about 4 months I found my holy grail – a position with an online academic thesis and dissertation editing company. I applied, was accepted, and began working online within a month.
I had to wait until my sister’s wedding before I could officially leave, but I had my way out. It wasn’t a career, and I wouldn’t be making a ton of money, but I would make enough to travel (albeit cheaply) and that’s all that mattered.
I left on my 5-year journey on July 28, 2017 to travel the world, experience new cultures, see things from a different perspective, expand my way of thinking and most importantly, just live the life I’ve always dreamt of living.