ABOUT MY EARLY YEARS
Since you made it all the way here, I thought I’d share a little about me
I consider myself southern, but I’m no belle. I grew up playing in mud with perpetual skinned knees and only my imagination to keep me company. Well that and my 4 brothers and sisters. We didn’t have much growing up. Food stamps and frequent moves were always a part of my childhood. But that didn’t keep me from dreaming of what the world could offer. My first time out of the country was after college graduation and I had saved up for 4 years, working 40 hours a week while going to school full time. I’m no stranger to hard work and sacrifice to change your lot in life.
ABOUT MY WORK ETHIC
I’m not like other bloggers who gave up the security of corporate life to hopscotch the globe and obtain a variable, but livable wage. I’m one of those lucky people that enjoys her career. Although, if I’m honest, I do dream about leaving it all sometimes. But, I’ve worked too hard, I’ve invested too much in my education, and I value being able to support my family. Gaining perspective of the world through travel is just another facet of what fulfills me.
As a kid, I was exhilarated to move to a new place, meet new people, and make new friends. I lived all over the country and that followed me into adulthood. My master’s degree propelled me into the consulting world after 8 or so years in operations and supply chain, and I’ve found a career that I really connect with and allows me to fulfill my desire to travel. The best part is I’m able to fund most of my travels through my airline and hotel perks (more about that to come in the blog!)
ABOUT MY TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY
I’ve been to 30+ countries to include living in China. I’ve seen 6 out of the 7 new wonders of the world. I plan to make it to that final one before I’m 35. I believe the perfect amount of time (but seldom accomplished) in a country is 1 month. Enough time to submerse yourself in a culture and see all the sites on your own schedule.
I like a good mix of solo and companion travel and try to incorporate both of those into my trips. I take advantage of where work sends me and extend my time in a location as much as possible. I’m a pragmatic traveler and I hope you choose to follow along and are inspired by what to see, what to do, and what to skip. I live by the mantra “life is what you choose to make of it” and I’ve chosen to make mine an adventure.