Hey everyone, I’m 26 years old and I’ve got a serious travel bug. A lot of people ask me what I’m running from. Well, the truth is… Everything! I grew up in a typical American broken family, raised by a single PuertoRican mother along with one older sister. We didn’t have much money growing up and no one ever expected us to achieve very much in our lives, but I was determined to change that.
Music was my first love. I gave everything I had to make sure I was the best musician I could be. I even learned 6 instruments! This talent gave me scholarships and a network which allowed me to have the life I did after high school. That being said, while my friends were buying every new iPhone and pimping out their dorm rooms, I was saving all of the money I could. By my Junior year I took out a loan from my University, which put me in serious debt, and I bought a passport! This was the first step in the right direction. After having received my wonderful blue book, I asked one friend to backpack with me and I booked my first international plane ticket to Switzerland.
When I got back from touring Europe, I had such wonderful adventures and met so many amazing people that I decided I wanted to keep going. I was also completely obsessed with learning as many languages as I could. The problem was, as always, money. I got a really great 9-5 job and was working my way quickly up in the business and decided that if I didn’t break free now, I never would. After having denied a great promotion at my company, I quit. I then sold all of my possessions, with the exception of my saxophones and guitar, and headed to South America where I began my journey as an ESL teacher.
I’ve now been to over 40 countries and people always tell me that I’m lucky to have so much money, or that my family must be well-off. But that couldn’t be anything farther than the truth. You need to make sacrifices and be flexible to make your dreams come true! Happiness is just around the corner, it’s up to you to get up and grab it! Anyone can do it! I think people make too many excuses by thinking they could never travel abroad because it’s too expensive.
Well I’m here to tell you, where there’s a will there’s a way.
I have just graduated from the Universidad de Alcala with a master’s in International Education and am now enjoying my summer before heading back to South Korea for another year. I still backpack every chance I get and can’t wait to see what the future holds! I hope my blog inspires other people to get out of their comfort zones and do something they’ve never done before.