FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
YOU’RE SO YOUNG WHEN YOU QUIT YOUR JOB! HOW AND WHY?
After a 4-year business management course, I graduated university at 19. A few months after that, I got a job in an investment bank — I worked there for 2 years and I handed in my resignation at 21 to pursue my dreams.
Why? Well… though the future was bright for me, I was terribly uninspired. I really thought at first that a desk job was the only ‘ticket’ for securing my future AND for gaining the chance to travel the world. But such was NOT true because ascending the ‘corporate ladder’ takes time and I was even underpaid (I worked in a 3rd world country after all and a fresh graduate at that too). Plus, given the ‘rat race’ environment, I never really had much time for myself. With that said, I gradually realized that it was not the kind of lifestyle that I wanted — it wasn’t my passion either.
So before I hit yet another year in my past job, I swiftly looked for ways on creating a sustainable profession that would enable me to travel the world WHILE earning through a profession that I love AND own. Going by my story, I thankfully became successful in doing so!
HOW CAN YOU AFFORD TO TRAVEL? ARE YOU INSANELY RICH?!
Nope, not at all. BUT I do think that I am AND was rich in experiences, love, skills, support, and more! *wink*
But yeah, I get this question a lot and I can understand why anyone would instantly assume that I was rich in the first place because travel is typically deemed as an expensive lifestyle… However, such is NOT true. Travel does require money, that’s for sure, but it does NOT have to be costly. It will only be costly if you choose to lead a travel lifestyle that is extravagant.
Now, to correct all the misconceptions about me, once and for all — NO, I did not come from a rich family and my parents have NEVER given me money for these travels nor have they given me money ever since I graduated college. (But of course, I am forever thankful for the education and moral support that they have given me over the years). I DON’T even have some sort of sugar daddy/mommy funding this lifestyle because ultimately, I don’t like depending on other people.
I have made this lifestyle happen through hard work and resourcefulness as it was my dream and goal to create a profession that will enable me to travel sustainably. So I hope my story will be a living proof to you that a life of travel is absolutely possible even if you’re NOT rich and even if you only have a limited third world passport like I do.
To also get everything straight, how did I afford my travels BEFORE when I quit my job? Mainly by doing digital nomad work (graphic design, web development, marketing, etc.). AFTER that however and up to today, I was and am able to fund my travels mainly through this travel blog’s partnerships (free all-expense-paid trips, etc.) as well as passive income from things like my online business, etc.
WHO DO YOU TRAVEL WITH?
I typically travel solo. In times that I don’t, I travel with friends and family (or with other bloggers/influencers if it’s a sponsored trip by brands).