Hello readers 🙂 To keep it short and sweet, I love to travel, learn, laugh, and eat delicious food. I started this blog mostly to post travel stories, living expenses, reflections, and the occasional vent to give me peace of mind.
I was born and raised in San Francisco, but it’s expensive and congested so I decided to bounce around the world instead of struggling to make ends meet there. I speak Spanish. I like to draw and go on hikes, and I enjoy the company of chill and open-minded people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
Countries visited so far: Mexico, Japan, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Vietnam.
Where I have lived: California, USA, Prague, Czech Republic, Phuket, Thailand, Seoul, South Korea, Sydney, Australia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!
Curious about more details? You flatter me.
I pride myself in my unique story. Traveling long-term was not something I believed I could easily afford given my acquired debt and my humble upbringings. A pivotal point in my life was when I was rear-ended right before graduating college. I’d only had my (first) car for about 8 months and the plan was for it to last until I got a “real” job and earned enough money to upgrade. Before this occurred I could see my life being mapped out ahead me. It involved the feeling of never making enough money to live satisfactorily, especially if I wanted to continue living in the bay area. It involved high competition for jobs despite having a coveted college degree. It involved traffic, car maintenance, insurance, and driving in crowded areas obsessed with the daily grind and hustle. And most importantly it involved an unknown dream job that I surely wasn’t going to attain straight out of college. And of course the inevitable marriage, 2.5 kids, daily adult grind. Somehow, I was ready to settle for this, and only now am I able to realize that I unknowingly was agreeing to a fate that was not yet set in stone.
With the approximately $5,000 USD I received from insurance for my totaled car, I created a fork in my road. (I say I created it because I’ve learned that many people wouldn’t have seen another option here). Plan A) Buy a better car and continue on with my original plan. Plan B) Buy a plane ticket to Prague and earn my TEFL certification to begin teaching English while I travel. Clearly, I took a risk with Plan B, and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made for my life, career, and overall personal development.
It wasn’t until I was in the airport all alone after being dropped off that I began to hyperventilate. I had to run to a bathroom stall for privacy because I instantly broke out into tears. “What am I doing? Am I crazy? Why didn’t anyone stop me?!” After rinsing my face off, I regained my composure and set off to Prague. I’d never been to Europe, nor did I know much about Prague. The original plan was to stay in Prague only for the TEFL and then head out to South Korea to enjoy all of their perks for teachers, but I ended up loving Prague so much that I stayed a full year while teaching elementary school children.
After living in Prague, I delayed my trip to teach in South Korea once again. I found myself in tropical Thailand for a teaching job, and I realized how amazing this lifestyle was! I never thought I’d get to see much of Europe or Asia, and here I was exploring them both just after graduating college. I felt so thankful for everything I was experiencing. I can’t see myself parting ways with this awesome lifestyle anytime soon. I’m in no rush to get to what many perceive as the “true success” story; one where a career and a stable life is gained. I still have a lot to learn, see, and do. I’m passionately awakened and inspired to continue exploring our world.
Well, that was a mouthful. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading my posts. Cheers!