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What am I Doing With My Life: How Travel Made me a Writer

December 5, 2017
what can I do with my life

What am I Doing With My Life? How Travel Made me a Writer What am I doing with my life? Ever asked yourself this question? You’re not the only one.In this weekly series, real people share how travel helped them answer this question for themselves. To kick off the series, I will share my personal experience with answering this terrifying, mystifying question.   This is how travel helped me figure out what to do with my life.   What I…

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This Girl is Spending Her Twenties Living and Working Abroad

November 12, 2017
living abroad is like

  This week, Kayleigh Gibson, a long-term traveler from the UK, shares how travel answered her ‘Big Question.’ From teaching English in China to exploring New Zealand, and wandering around Mexico, to skydiving in Australia, backpacking around Europe, and island hopping in southeast Asia, she’s done a whole lot of traveling.    “What am I doing with my life?”or some variation of this overwhelming question is an unavoidable (and often recurring) thought we will all experience. Our time on this…

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This Travel Blogger Explains What it Means to be a Digital Nomad

October 26, 2017
digital nomad life

  This week, Chris Backe, a long-term traveler and the blogger behind, One Weird Globe, explains what it means to be a digital nomad. He also offers up a list of useful questions to ask yourself before deciding if the digital nomad life is something you would want to pursue. If you’re reading this site, you may be interested in long-term travel. And, if you’re interested in travel, you may have come across the term, ‘digital nomad’ before. Maybe a…

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5 Reasons Why Travel Makes Life Better: According to a Solo Female Backpacker

October 18, 2017
Live abroad

  This week, Mada, a 20-something backpacker from Romania, shares why she thinks travel makes life better. She’s been traveling around South America, drinking wine, and falling in love with life every single day. Here’s what she had to say: I don’t come from a restless family or even the type of family that goes on vacation more than once every couple of years. And when we do, we stay with relatives. I recall summers full of freedom at the…

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11 Bizarre Ways You’ll Need to Prepare For Life In China

October 14, 2017
Life in China

  Life in China is like a lucid dream. At times, it’s so bizarre that you wonder if it’s even real. Stumbling upon a bag of live chickens in the trunk of a car, or a man slaughtering snakes on a street corner is half the fun.   But, preparing for life in China BEFORE you arrive may ease the blow of culture shock. I moved to China to teach English with absolutely no idea what to expect. When I arrived,…

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5 Travelers Share How Travel Helped Them Form Careers

May 23, 2016

Once I graduated from college, it seemed like I was faced with a choice. Get a job in my field and start working my way up the ladder OR travel. The former was the preferred route of society and the people around me and the latter was viewed more like a forfeit or a risk. While I know that in places like the UK or Australia, gap years and time spent traveling is accepted and often encouraged, it seems that…

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I Was Inspired to Travel Because My Brother Had Cancer

May 11, 2016

The first time I ever got on a plane was because my brother had cancer. Sure, we used to travel to the Jersey Shore every summer as kids, but this time, it involved a plane, it felt more real. <3 We found out at a soccer game, Ryan’s team had just shot the winning goal and he lifted his shirt up in a heat releasing victory dance. My mom was the one who saw it, all the way across the…

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What Happens When You go Broke From Traveling

April 7, 2016

I spent all of my money traveling. Well, I suppose that ALL of it is a bit dramatic. I checked my bank account today and $402 is all that’s in it. Even less now that I bought a can of beans and a pepper for dinner. $ Actually, I think that this is the least amount of money I’ve ever had in my whole life. I mean, even before I started on the babysitting hustle at age 12 (yup, people…

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Thoughts on Living in a Van And Traveling Around New Zealand + My Upcoming Travel Plans

April 4, 2016
buying a campervan in auckland new zealand

Two days and I’m on a plane out of Auckland. For a little over three months, we have been living out of a van and traveling around the entire country of New Zealand. It’s the longest I’ve lived in a country that was quite similar to my own, which gave me the time to really analyze the differences and how I feel about them.   And, while I’ve taken extended road trips before, this is the first time that I…

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Thoughts On Going “Home”

March 31, 2016

Our time in New Zealand is coming to an end. Some days, it feels like that end is way too far away and others, like today, it seems quite near. In just under one week, our epic journey from China all the way down to New Zealand comes to an end and we begin our travels back “home.”   When we come across NZ locals asking us about our travels here, we tell them that soon we will travel back…

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