How I Went from Broke New Yorker to World Traveler in a Year

How I Went from Broke New Yorker to World Traveler: I saved $20,000 in less than a year to quit my job and travel.

I knew I wanted to travel long-term for years but I was too scared and too comfortable. Up until 2017, I spent the last five years living in my dream city–NYC. As a manager at a tech company I was earning a solid income, and traveling every few weeks–I’d spend two weeks in Dublin four times a year, and was going to conferences and leadership seminars in places like Barcelona and Las Vegas. I’d even relocated to Sydney for 6 months when my employer opened an office there. I loved the company’s values, worked with some wickedly smart people, and lots of my colleagues were (and still are) my friends.

But I’d worked at the same place for seven years and wanted to know what else was out there. The longer I worked there, the more I felt like my personal life was taking a backseat. And I wanted to travel freely–without the pressure of feeling like I had to cram a whole country into a one-week trip or between work events. I wanted to get know other cities the way I know NYC (pizza rat and all). And I wanted to see if I could make it as a digital nomad.

I knew I wanted to travel, but for a long time I didn’t know where to start. And I see this from a lot of others in solo travel forums and Facebook groups: ‘I want to travel but I don’t know how to save’; ‘I’m afraid of what others will think if I quit my job to travel’; ‘Will I have a hard time getting hired again if I take a career break?’; ‘Am I crazy for wanting to do something so risky?’ Continue reading “How I Went from Broke New Yorker to World Traveler in a Year”