I'm frequently asked how I'm able to travel as (relatively) often as I do. Am I well-off? Do I get sponsorship? Do I have a Sugar Daddy? The answers to all of those questions are no, no, and hell no.
I earned a Finance degree (nerds unite!), and currently work a regular 9-5 day job within the ever glamorous cubicle nation that allows me to fund my adventures. While I wish I could get some sponsorship (any takers?!), I mainly try to be disciplined by saving and spending mostly on experiences. That means I rarely go to clubs or eat at fancy restaurants, and I certainly don't spend my hard earned money on $500+ shoes, clothes, or accessories. Not to say there's anything wrong with doing any of these things (I just don't have it like that - go forth and flourish if you do!), but when I'm 85 years old I likely won't care to tell stories of trendy Céline totes to my grand kids.
Truth be told, when I'm not traveling there's a 99% chance I'm living like a pauper because I'm either broke as a result of a recent trip or diligently saving up for a new one.
I understand that most people may not be willing to sacrifice some of the luxuries I choose to forego for the sake of travel; but in my experience, it is always worth it. For instance, one of the many things I'm able to do with the money set aside for my adventure fund is explore and see new worlds. While in Cancun, Mexico recently for a friend's birthday, I spent some time snorkeling in the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of Puerto Morelos. Second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, I was pretty stoked at the chance to swim in such beautiful and clear waters.
Though I've snorkeled several times before, I never tire of being in such close proximity to the completely different world happening underwater. While I didn't get to see any sea turtles this time around, the vibrant colors, textures, and serenity of it all was enough for me because in a strange way, being underwater always makes me feel at home and at peace.
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