Day job: All about digital comms
Lives in: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Grew up in: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Born in: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I joined the traveling game late. Growing up with a typical Asian mindset, it was drilled into me that I should go to school, graduate and land a job. I didn’t start traveling until I was 25 when I made a goal to visit every continent before the age of 30.
My decisions not to backpack around Europe for three months after graduation or land a job teaching English in Asia have brought me down a path to a very fulfilling career. I don’t regret any of it. And I don’t sit at my desk dreaming about becoming a nomad wandering the world (although I won’t lie, I do like to live vicariously through those who do!)
But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to see it all anyways.
Now I focus on maximizing the three weeks of paid vacation I have every year. Through long weekends, tacking extra time onto business trips and smartly allocating my time off, I make it a goal to go somewhere new every year. Typically, I do this through one week somewhere closer to home, and two weeks further away.
I may not have been to 50 countries, or lived on an island for a few months, but I’m in no rush. There’s still so much more life I want to experience, and I think all of these experiences will change with age. 🙂
I call it comfortable-budget. Or as Lynn calls it, budget economy. There are certain things I have learned are critical to enjoying myself, but I rarely splurge or go overboard. It’s all about balancing my finances with experiences that I believe are worthwhile.
I’m also a planner. When you have limited time, you want to make the most out of it. There are times when I’ve gotten sidetracked, but the plans are in place to guide, not to be a definitive model.