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Here is where you’ll find detailed day to day adventures and scattered thoughts about life!

Almost exactly a year ago, I quit my job without a life plan. I had a round trip ticket to Spain, the idea that I should blog about my travels, and the hope that I’d return with some clarity and a better job. Some of my goals and expectations were met, and others – not so much. But in the end, travel has taught me that the only way to live life is to accept the beauty and anxiety of the unknown. Click to read about my journey and learn how travel can help you in a period of uncertainty!

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While a friend and I initially planned to spend the summer in Barcelona, the absurd cost of short-term summer rentals had us rethinking our plans. Luckily we did a bit of research and found that Valencia was the perfect fit for what we were looking for: a coastal city with tons of great things to do without the choking influx of summer tourists that can be found in Barcelona and Valencia. What’s more, we were able to stretch our budget in Valencia and scored an amazing apartment in the center of town that will be great for working remotely. If you’re wondering just what won us over about Valencia, you’re in the right place. Click to read this post and learn about all the great things Valencia has to offer…you might just end up booking a flight and seeing it for yourself!

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I don’t mind answer the question “How do you afford to travel?” I prefer it to “you’re so lucky you get to travel so much.” Yes, I am lucky that I get to travel. But if you hold a passport from a western country, you’re just as lucky as I am. You can travel as much as I do. Calling someone lucky is an insult because it implies zero sacrifice and/or hard work on someone’s part to get to where (s)he is. That is almost never true. So don’t call me lucky and instead ask me, “what are you sacrificing in order to travel?” Read to learn what I give up in order to afford a life of travel.

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During my travels, I do my best to interact with locals wherever I go – even if the exchange only happens while I’m haggling for something at the market. Not only is interacting with locals the best way to learn about culture, restaurants and other hidden gems, it also provides a fun way to see stereotyping at its finest. But hey, now I have this list of hilarious things locals have said to me during my travels.

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After quitting my job last summer, I somehow became the resident expert amongst all my friends who were thinking about quitting their jobs. Or at the very least, hated their jobs enough to threaten to quit. When the conversation turned to: “Maybe I’ll just quit my job and travel,” I would stop the discussion. Click to read why I don’t tell people to quit their jobs and travel!

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People often ask me what’s on my bucket list. I love lists, but find a bucket list to be challenging. It’s lifelong to-do list. Of places to go, people to see, and things to experience. The problem is that goals are so fluid. They’re ever-changing, especially for a millennial like me (we can’t make up our minds to save our lives). So this is more of a loose interpretation of a life plan. An incomplete one, because my “complete” list is much longer. Click to read which items (both travel and lifestyle) made it on my ultimate bucket list!

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If I had to summarize 2015 in a single word, it would have to be “courage.” In three words, it would be “courage and happiness.” And of course, lots of travel!

You see, this was the year I witnessed courage everywhere: from friends, strangers, myself, and even from the world at large. It takes courage to do what scares you. It’s officially a new year, and we’re all fresh and energized (or will be in a few hours), and we’re ready to face 2016 with the courage to better ourselves and be happy.

Click to read what brought me courage and happiness in 2015 and cheers to many great memories in 2016!

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I’ve been eager to write this post since Time published “The Me, Me, Me Generation,” an op-ed labeling millennials as lazy and entitled – especially in the workplace (although they do redeem themselves by claiming that we’re the generation that will “save them all.” I’m the first to readily admit that my generation (myself included) is deeply flawed. However, I speak for myself and others when I say that perhaps part of the problem is corporate America, and not us millennials. Dear Corporate America is a brief letter from a traveling millennial on work satisfaction, flexibility, autonomy and beyond.

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