What inspires you to keep traveling, do you ever get discouraged?
As a solo traveler, it’s so important to keep positive and inspiring energy around you, because if you’re stuck alone with your thoughts all the time, you become overly anxious and stressed. Allow yourself to feed off the vibes of others and every time I meet locals or fellow travelers and hear their story about how exactly they got to the moment in time we’re sharing now, it refuels my wanderlust all over again. People are magical.
I get discouraged when it comes to the expectations I set for myself. I’m an overachiever and I always aim higher than I should and it allows for many feelings of discouragement or inadequacy. I have to keep reminding myself how far I’ve come since I’ve started traveling and use that marker only as a way to keep myself motivated.
Do you consider yourself a risk taker/daredevil and why?
Absolutely. In every sense of the word. I always make sure the reward outweighs the risk, and that’s what keeps me just a bit sane and level-headed. I’m impulsive and it’s both the best and worst thing about me as I tend to have no boundaries when it comes to going after things I want in life. Little will get in my way if I see something with my name on it. I’ve had this hustler’s mentality since a very young age and I love that it’s stuck with me after all these years!
Ever been to a country you didn’t like?
It’s hard to visit a country, as they’re so big, and not come away with any positives about it. I’ve luckily never had so many horrific memories of a place that I deemed the entire country a no-go. I will say that I had a terrible time in Prague after so many friends hyped it up to be this amazing city. My experience in Prague, however, doesn’t make me hate the entire country, but it’ll definitely be hard to visit the Czech Republic without thinking about how I was treated in its capital. If you’re curious as to why, I blogged about that here.
Have you ever fallen in love abroad? Do tell!
Fallen in love? More like pushed off a cliff into a bottomless love pit. It was so unexpected and awesome that I’m still not sure how to process it.
He was Swiss. A complete gentleman and came into my life when I least expected it. He changed his travel plans to accommodate mine so we could spend more time together before he had to return to work in Switzerland. I’ve dated nice guys, but never has someone been the perfect gentleman that he was. So many times I kept telling myself that I should never settle for anything less than the Queen he made me feel like for the time we shared together.It’s bittersweet, because just as quick as it happens, you know it might have to end. Incompatible future plans and me being a realist, I knew that there was a chance I would never see him again. And if I did, it’d be many months or years from now. We still keep in touch, and I don’t know if we should, as it reminds me that I’m still hanging on to a glimmer of hope as to what our relationship could be if I wasn’t a constant traveler, and if he had more flexibility with work.Again, you don’t really want to put that kind of pressure on a relationship in the beginning anyway, but you also want to make sure you’re not investing emotions and money into something that will end up falling apart because of the stress involved in trying to make it work. Can you tell I’m not an over-thinker at all? Haha. I’ll always cherish our time together and it’s a reminder that I deserve nothing less.
What’s the downside to your lifestyle?
Instability: both physically and financially (and maybe even mentally, hahaha). There comes a time where every full-time traveler just craves for a bed they can call their own for more than a couple days. They crave for a time they can start furnishing a little cozy place and filling an apartment with the thousands of pictures they’ve taken on the road. I can’t say that I want to settle down in a permanent location just yet, but there are days where I don’t want to move because my body just physically can’t be bothered to keep changing time zones like panties, lol.As a digital nomad, you have months where finances are great! Like, you wouldn’t think twice about throwing in guacamole with your chipotle rice bowl, type of great. And then there are months where you struggle. The struggle months help you maintain a level-head and put things into perspective, because at the end of the day, you can’t put a price on the traveling memories you’ve made.
Biggest advice to young folks on how to make travel a reality?
You can’t have it all! LOL. The temporary sacrifices will suck, but they will be worth it. You can’t expect to maintain your social life, continue shopping ’til you drop, eating out regularly, attending those sporting games, concerts, festivals, etc and expect to save a good chunk in a few months to travel.It takes a lot of discipline to hold onto money you can’t spend. The best part is, once you book your flight, the hard part is done! Affordable living abroad is super easy with the right resources and picking up little gigs here and there. But you have to be willing to invest in your tomorrows by cutting back on your todays! I worked three jobs while I was a full-time student and sacrificed every bit of a social life I thought I had to save for international insurance, flight tickets, my visa, etc. So worth it!