When I turned 18 I did what I thought I had to do. I picked a major to study and went to college. I thought I’d get a job, make money, and then travel on my time off. I remember searching for advice on what I should study in school. Off I went to the University of Connecticut as an accounting major. I graduated after 5 years with my Masters in Accounting and continued on to work at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). I even went as far as getting my certified public accountant (CPA) license. I knew pretty quickly that I wasn’t happy in the job, but I thought that was normal, to not like your job, and then look forward to your vacation time.
In June of 2016, I took advantage of a month long sabbatical and booked a backpacking trip through Thailand and Indonesia. The trip opened my eyes. I stayed in hostels and spoke to so many amazing individuals who were living out their dreams of traveling. Some were taking a year to travel, others more time and others less time. This put fuel to my travel-bug flame because I was seeing first hand that not everyone lived as I thought, miserable at their job only looking forward to their two weeks off. I knew I had to figure out how to make traveling possible on my terms. I wanted a life I didn’t need a vacation from.
My first big step toward living a life of travel was quitting PwC. I didn’t have a plan just yet, but my dad had offered to train me in the family business and I took it. I got my life and health insurance license and began working at Platinum Benefits Team with him. I liked the job, I liked my coworkers, I even liked my ability to take off quite often to travel. But what I learned is that I didn’t like being behind a desk stuck inside most of the day. The travel bug had grown too strong and it was ready to burst out of me. I knew I wouldn’t feel fulfilled until I settled it… so I set on a mission to settle it.
I began working various online jobs and in 2018 I sold or donated all of my non-essential items and bought a tiny house on wheels. I spent the year off-grid exploring my home country and new ones like Canada. My various jobs lead me to starting my own social media management business, which is currently my primary source of income.
Between the tiny house adventures, Iceland, Spain, Greece, Japan multiple states, and so many more countries and adventures, I concluded that my travel bug will never go away. It’s the best “bug” I’ve ever had and has allowed me some amazing memories just in my short 26 years. I’m excited to see where this passion will bring me moving forward.
Along my journey, I have a mission. I want to help people feel inspired and capable to do anything they want in life. Primarily for those who want to travel, but don’t know where to start, I am always available to talk. Please feel free to connect with me! The best place is Instagram DM.