Anyone who knows me, knows that I spent half of my adult life to date moving from country to country, part to leave a life I felt was mundane, part to make myself uncomfortable and push my boundaries and most because I simply love to travel.
At 23, I had a high power Director of Marketing job at a successful food & beverage chain. I had a great boyfriend and incredible friends and family. Like a young mid-life crisis, I woke up one morning and thought, “this cannot be it.” I’m 23, I can’t have everything already. I still wanted to fill my life with so much unknown and here it all felt like it would all be known forevermore. I started looking into a Caribbean job placement company I’d been told about at a serving job I had while in school. I contacted the company and within 10 days I was on a plane moving to… MEXICO!
I’ve always loved Mexico! Growing up with a mom who’s a travel agent, I was lucky enough to get to go there many times and continued to travel there on my own throughout my life. I’d always looked at the entertainment staff and thought “how did you get that job?!” Several years later, with 2 school degrees under my belt, I went to live my dream life on the beach! It was everything I thought it would be, even though I worked 12 hour days, 6 days a week and made $2.10 an hour. I probably would’ve stayed forever, or at least for a lot longer than I did if I didn’t get so sick… I still blame the staff food we were served, and possibly brushing my teeth in the water for so long! I have some crazy stories from my time living there that I’ll have to tell in another blog post!
Once Canadian doctors gave me the go-ahead I picked up and moved to Las Vegas, another city I have visited and loved throughout my life. Nowhere makes me feel so alive with its bright lights, amazing DJs and vibrant atmosphere! I stayed for as long as they let Canadians stay, then came home and then went back for a few more months. Not sure if you’ll get any stories from this adventure as we all know, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” I will make a post about my favorite hotels, places to eat and excursions.
After Vegas, I found myself jumping between jobs, mostly in promotional modeling and avoiding getting another “grown-up” job. I was dating someone who lived in LA, flying back and forth and experiencing things like the Grammys and the Oscars. Side note – if you’re ever given the option, go to the Grammys 100%! Overall, while I found LA incredible, I also I found it superficial, difficult to make meaningful relationships, and I’m the kind of person who gets along with anyone and somewhat isolating. I have to attribute this largely to not being able to work there.
Today, I have a family that lives bi-coastal, parents that bred adventure within my soul and an amazing partner who loves to take off whenever we can! I’ve traveled all over the world and live my life by the motto, “you can always make money, but you can’t always make memories” and as such travel as much as my job and finances will let me!
I wanted to start this blog to share some off-the-beaten path experiences I’ve had, some crazy stories from around the world and to give everyone some bucket list ideas and hopefully get some back in return. Thanks for taking flight with me, I hope you enjoy the ride!