Why I Quit My Job And Started Traveling
My primary source of inspiration was
probably seeing other people doing it and knowing it was possible. I saw other
travel bloggers and thought; “if they can do it, surely I can too!”
At the time I was also 22 with a degree
and 2 years of corporate work experience. I figured I could try it for one year
and if it didn’t work out I still had more professional experience than many of
my age peers (especially in Italy) and that I could always find another office
I spent a year learning everything I
could about building and monetizing a blog, and it has now become my full-time
job. I don’t travel as regularly as when I first quit my office job, but I
continue to do it because I love it.
How Often I Travel And Activities I Enjoy Doing
I usually alternate between long periods
of travel with longer periods at home. I used to spend up to two months on the
road, and I’d then return home for at least one month before the next trip.
I’m a fan of all sorts of outdoors and
adventure activities. Whatever it is, as long as I can be in nature while doing
it then you can sign me up! I especially love hiking and water sports.
How I Pick My Travel Destinations And Prepare For Them
I usually find inspiration for trips on
social media or TV and decide on the destination depending on whom I will be
traveling with. The trip length will also depend on my travel companions and
how far the destination is.
European city breaks might be just long
weekend trips, while longer whole country backpacking trips in South East Asia
are usually 2-3 weeks per country. I often also visit more than one country per
trip if they’re really far away, making the most of those long flights!
I prepare trips by reading other travel
blogs! I usually start with other travel bloggers I know if I remember seeing
from Instagram that they were in a specific country.
I’ll read their blog first
then search on Google for other itineraries, best things to do in each city,
where to stay, and must-see stops.
How I Pack For My Trips
I’ll admit I’m a bit of a chaotic packer. I only ever travel carry-on so I only take the things I really need
with me. I usually check the weather forecast
first, to get an idea of the temperatures and what sort of clothing I will
My only real must-haves are my travel
pillow and camera. I can sleep for a whole 8+ hour flight, but only if I have a
comfortable travel pillow! And my camera is a must not only for my job but also
because I love capturing photos to look back on.
Favorite Memory Of Meeting A Fellow Travel Blogger
One of my favorite memories is meeting
fellow travel blogger Hanna of @solarpoweredblonde in Marrakech. We instantly
clicked and three months later we set off on a 2-month trip around Sri Lanka,
Thailand, and the Philippines together. I love meeting like-minded travelers with whom I can share more travel experiences.
What Inspired Me To Start A Blog And My Plan For 5 Years
I started my blog because I saw other
travel content creators traveling full-time and making a living from their
blogs, and I wanted to do the same. I have always loved traveling and sharing
stories and advice, so a travel blog seemed like the perfect way to put the two
I write detailed itineraries, tour
reviews, hiking guides, suggestions on where to stay, and city guides to help my
readers plan their trips. I give them advice on the best things to do and how
to make the most of them based on my personal experience so that they can
maximize their holiday time without repeating the same mistakes.
I’ll be honest and admit I don’t have a
5-year plan for my blog. As I travel more and create more content I’d love to
see it growing even more, and helping other travelers plan their dream trips.
Having A Supportive Family Made It Easy For Me
I’m lucky that my family has always been
very supportive. They didn’t always understand what I was doing, but as long as
I was happy it was enough for them. I very rarely travel solo, as I usually
travel with friends, family, or other travel bloggers. Either way, when an
obstacle comes up (which often does) I always try to overcome it by breaking
down the problem and creating an actionable to-do list.
How I Financed Full-Time Travel At The Beginning
At the very beginning, I was financing my
travels with the savings I’d saved up while working 9-5 in London.
To sustain your travels to travel
full-time you would need either a fully remote job that you can do online from
anywhere in the world or a source of passive income (eg. rented property,
stocks, etc). If you’re working while traveling full time however you will
probably need to take things slower, spending longer in each destination as
opposed to packed itineraries
Traveling On A Budget And Managing Cost
I travel on a budget, but it’s not a
particularly strict one. I usually do a bit of research on the destination
beforehand on expected travel costs and set myself a travel budget
I personally try to cut costs while
traveling by saving on accommodation. I like staying in hostels and meeting
people, so I usually don’t mind staying in a big dorm in a not-so-fancy hostel
if it means that I have more budget available to spend on experiences or testing
the local cuisine.
Trying local food is one of my favorite
things to do, but I’ll usually try to save a bit of money also on food. On a
trip, I’ll usually alternate between eating out and cooking something in the hostel
to cut costs, while still enjoying the local cuisine.
Number Of Countries Visited And My Bucket List
I have traveled to 63 countries so far.
Some of my favorite experiences were seeing the sunrise over Uluru in Australia, going canyoneering in Kawasan Falls in the Philippines, learning to surf in Costa Rica, kayaking to Benagil Cave in Portugal or exploring the Old Town of Dubrovnik in Croatia.
My travel bucket list is huge as I
always add new things to it! However, the biggest dream destinations are Peru,
Hawaii, and Vietnam.
Managing Work And Traveling At The Same Time
I split the workload between content
creation and blog writing so as to not get overwhelmed while on a trip. When I
travel I will usually only focus on creating photo and video content and gathering
information for blog articles, which I then write and publish when I return
One of the challenges is keeping on top
of everything when I have a lot of back-to-back trips, but I usually make up
for it by working longer 14+ hour days when I eventually do return home.
GAFFL’s Role In The Lives Of Solo Travelers
I think GAFFL will be a great way for
solo travelers to meet new friends and connect with like-minded people. It
will allow users to plan a trip with other travelers who they know have
Advice For Digital Nomads
For those who want to become digital
nomads, start building an online job or passive income business now! There is never
going to be a right time to do it, it will always feel like you could prepare
more, but there is no time like today! Make sure you have at least the basics
covered (eg. a new blog with potential for growth and savings to last you a
while) and start traveling, in a year from now you’ll be glad you started
Lessons Learned Through Traveling
I think the biggest lesson has been to
take things slower and that everything happens for a reason. When I first
started traveling I would plan super packed and tight itineraries, and get to
the end of the trip exhausted. I wish I’d known I didn’t have to do that!
Especially if you’re traveling full-time, it’s ok to take things slowly, and
that if something happens and you have to change your itinerary, it’s no big deal!
Maybe something else will come up, and it will be the next great adventure.