Every week I get at least a handful of emails, text, or Facebook messages asking me what I do for a living, and how I’m able to travel so much. So let me start off by saying that I’m not making a ton of money, working as an Office Manager at a small business. Being one of 2 people who runs every department in the office, on a 9 to 5 schedule, isn’t really ideal for long-term traveling. Although I am able to set my own schedule at work, I am only allowing myself to take 2-7 days off at a time, so that I don’t fall too far behind in my work. This is why it’s so important for me to travel as economically and efficiently as possible. For those of you who want to learn my 4-step process to traveling as economically and efficiently as possible, make sure to Start Here.
There are probably a few contributing factors as to how I am able to travel as much as I do. But if I had to sum it up, I would have to say that the number 1 contributing factor is: Priority. There’s really no secret to it. While some people spend their money on materialistic items, such as clothes, shoes, and bags. Others spend their time and money on family or working out. I, personally, choose to spend my time and money on experiences, such as food, culture, learning, shows, and travel. I don’t drive a fancy car, or live in a fancy house. I still drive my beat up Rav4 that I have been driving since 2004. It was basically a gift from my mother, back when I was still in high school.
The real adventures didn’t really start until I hit 25, which is the period in my life I call a “quarter-life crisis”. I had just bought a brand new house and on top of gogo dancing at the hottest night clubs in Las Vegas, I was also bartending at a local casino by my house. You’d think that I’d be happy with the direction my life is going, but instead I freaked out! What in the World was I thinking committing to buying a $170,000 home? I wanted to travel the world, not get stuck paying a mortgage. As I sat in my empty living room floor, tears started pouring from my eyes, I wondered what I’m doing with my life. I started researching a possible career path, where I could make money and travel at the same time. I’m happy to report that I found it, and you can read about that here.
As many people do, during a quarter-life crisis, I decided to go back to school. During my darkest times, my longest childhood friend called me (out of the blue) and asked me if I’d like to join her backpacking through Europe. I dropped everything I was doing and decided that I was going to go on this once in a lifetime trip. Needless to say, I finally got out of my slump and scrambled to put our itinerary together. We ended touring 14 countries and 20 cities while backpacking through Europe. Since then, I’ve caught the travel bug and have not been able to get rid of it since.
Here’s a gallery of a few photos from My EuroTrip back in 2012.