Vicky is a digital nomad and house sitter who travels the world with her stuffed monkey, Buddy and writes about their adventures on her blog, Buddy The Traveling Monkey. They’re also on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and GAFFL.
Why I Travel
I’ve been traveling since I was a baby. My father is from Guatemala so growing up I spent a lot of summers there. I also grew up reading my mom’s encyclopedia. I’d learn about so many cool and interesting places around the world and I used to tell myself that one day I would see them all for myself. I continue traveling because I love learning about new places and cultures.
I have also met so many amazing people through my travels! House sitting allows me to stay in an area as a local, so it makes meeting people pretty easy. Social media has also led to many friendships over the years. The most important relationship that I’ve formed thanks to my travels, however, is with my boyfriend Mark.
We met through Twitter and he was also a digital nomad and house sitter, so we had a lot in common. We would chat here and there and even met in person a few times if we happened to be house sitting in the same city. Eventually our relationship blossomed and we are now traveling and house sitting together.
Currently, I have traveled to 35 countries. It’s so hard to pick a favorite though, because they all have something special about them. If I had to narrow it down though, I’d say Italy, Thailand, Iceland, Peru, and Indonesia are definitely among my favorites. I had such great experiences there thanks to each country’s kind people and culture.
I Was Able To Travel A Lot While Stationed In Europe
When I was in the military, I was stationed in Germany for three years. I loved it and every chance I got, I visited a new German town or European country. Germany is centrally located in Europe and it was so easy to travel by plane, train, or car. During those three years, I was able to visit 14 countries.
Getting to visit so many historic places was incredible. Walking the streets of Pompeii in Italy, visiting Gaudí's Sagrada Família in Spain, and seeing the crown jewels in England are just a few memories I will keep close to my heart for the rest of my life.
Being able to travel so easily and frequently really spoiled me. Once I got back to the US, it was hard for me to realize I couldn’t travel as often because of higher costs and longer distances. But I was determined to do what I could to still travel.