This is always the hardest page for me to put together. What do I say? How do I summarize myself in a short description? What has led me to this point in my life? I was raised with the basic goals that many American parents distilled in their kid’s minds. Get good grades, go to university, get a job, get married, have kids, and then work towards the ultimate goal of retirement. Many of us grow up believing that our life’s success will be defined by the money we make, the size of our house, the cost of our cars, or the size of our diamonds. What would you do if I told you that you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it as long as you let go of the materials?
I spent the first 25 years of my life living by this model instilled in me. I graduated from college and landed a great job in New York City. Life was great, at this rate I should be able to retire by the time I’m 65 and start to do all the things in life I dreamed about.
The reality here is that this is not the life for all of us. I grew up believing these were the steps but began to stumble once I landed that first major job. After working for a few years I felt that no matter how many raises or promotions I received that my life wasn’t changing. The more money I made the more money I spent.
One day I woke up and felt empty. A hurricane, Sandy, came rolling through the East Coast and totaled my car and ruined my apartment. A nice couple in the town next to me took a bunch of us in for a month and completely changed my life. What I learned was that in one of the most dramatic situations in my life where I had nothing (no house, no car, no wallet) that I felt so alive. Everyone was having so much fun after we lost “everything”. My insurance company screwed me and gave me half the money back for my car and nothing for the damaged items in my apartment.
Although I received little back, I now had some cash instead of materials. I sat there and thought “what can I buy” but soon realized this was what got me into this mess. This is when I changed my thought process to “what can I do to improve my life now”. I just got done living on a couch with 12 other people for a month, maybe I could survive in a hostel? My company and clients were reaching out to me to send marketing campaigns during the largest storm the east coast has ever seen, proving that I’m not relevant to them. We barely had cell phone service and didn’t even have a home!
It was at this moment I decided that I was going to quit my job and travel the world. Many people supported me while others chastised my decision. “You don’t know what you’re going to miss out on” or “you’ll never get as good of a job again” were some of the many things that were told to me.
Over the next 6 months I backpacked Europe, made hundreds of new friends, learned about new cultures, but most importantly learned about what was important to me. I learned what made me happy and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Now I’m not going to sit here and preach the “drop everything and leave it’s so easy!” because it’s not, I just happened to get lucky with timing and an insurance check. The point of my blog is to teach you how to get to that point in your life where you’re comfortable traveling, packing, and saving with your goals in mind. The best travelers are able to adjust to their surroundings, every culture is different as well as each situation. It’s important to learn about them so that you’re prepared when you travel.
I’ve been on the road for 12 months out of the previous three years while improving my career and saving money. This website was built so that I can share my experiences with you so that you too can live the life you desire.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu