I know, I know you’re probably thinking “here’s another story about someone who is traveling full time while making money through blogging, coding, writing, teaching, webinars, etc.” I promise you, it’s not.
Shortly before graduating college I landed an exciting internship for a large NYC firm – where I currently work full time. So there I was, living what nowadays seems to be every college graduate’s dream: paving a dream career path full-time, in one of the greatest cities in the world. I vowed to follow the advice of many of my corporate superiors: save a lot – work, work, work – and have no days off. And that’s exactly what I did until one day I just felt worn out. I was taking the same train to and from work every day, I was spending anywhere between 40 and 70 hours in front of a computer screen every week, and overall I was just an exhausted mess. My fear of letting down my superiors lead me to taking only a measly 4 day break in the Caribbean. I felt like I was letting myself down by breaking the intimate promise I made when I first started working: not taking any days off to prove that I am a hard-working and diligent employee.
Fast forward to today, since that short Caribbean trip – I’ve been to over 17 countries. If you read this far, you may be in the same predicament that I was in last year.
Here are the four important things that I learned while creating a fine balance between a full time job and a full time travel itinerary: