While backpacking through Sicily in the fall of 2003, I met a fellow backpacker who had been on the road for years. He worked at hostels in exchange for a free place to stay and found some oddball jobs to earn a modest amount of money. He stayed in one city or country until he had the desire and the means to get to his next destination. And he had been everywhere. I was inspired.
I do believe in free will – the ability to choose my own path and the power to create my own future. However, I am not free-spirited, and I only take very carefully calculated risks. I am a planner. I am a control freak. I thrive in a predictable routine. In exercising my right to free will, I usually make choices that lead toward stability and comfort.
A series of such choices led me to a beautiful, comfortable life and the pursuit of the American Dream. After finishing school in 2007, I moved to San Francisco to start my career as a financial consultant. Over the next 3.5 years, I grew up, worked hard, lived fully, and loved deeply. I used my PTO to journey overseas, trying to quiet my travel bug. I attempted to cook a Thanksgiving dinner in Rome, I spent 10 days tromping through the rain forests of Costa Rica, and I was in Madrid the night Spain won the 2010 World Cup. But it was not enough, I was always left wanting more.
On December 11, 2010, I made a decision that enabled me to finally do what I have always longed to do: wander. Explore the world without an expiration date. Travel on a one-way flight. No plan, no itinerary, no return date. I left the States on March 29, 2011, armed with an open heart, an open mind, and an immense curiosity about the world. It is time to Wander.