So my last blog post – from over a year ago, yikes – was about a new job that was going to allow me all to have Monday-Friday free and all kinds of traveling freedom, in theory. In reality, I didn’t travel nearly as much as I thought I would. However, I did manage to squeeze in a day trip around NC here and there, a week long climbing trip to Chattanooga, a two week trip to Europe (specifically London, Paris and Venice) for my birthday and a short trip to NYC (specifically Rockefeller Center) for Christmas! A few pictures are below 🙂 All in all not a total loss, but working 40 hours in a 56 hour window was just too draining to be sustainable, and most of the time I was too busy recovering from working all weekend to even think about traveling. Unfortunately, I was looking for a way out of my job almost immediately after I started it. *womp womp womp*
In true millennial spirit, basically 1 year later, I have another new job! I’m going to be a traveling Med Tech, and my first placement is going to be in Browning, Montana! (30 mins from Glacier National Park. Eeeeeeep!) Compared to my last job, this is such a better fit for me. Not only do I get to travel for free, but the assignments are usually 13 weeks long which is plenty of time to really immerse yourself in a new surrounding and actually get to experience a different setting – something I felt like I missed out on in Europe. Oh yeah and did I mention that they’re going to pay me to travel? How awesome is that? In my last position, I was so torn between traveling and feeling like I was handling my finances responsibly. Don’t get me wrong, I pride myself on being a **budget traveler, but every time I booked something new, I couldn’t help but think, “there’s another chunk of money that could have been put towards saving up for a downpayment on a house.” This led to me looking for other options, and boy, did I hit the jackpot. I found a company that will not only pay for you to get from one assignment to another (aka travel the country), but they actually pay for your housing and utilities (aka save up your money) and send you a monthly food stipend as well (aka SAVE UP YO MONEY). Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Clearly that person was just not as stubborn as me.
I’m so thankful for this new job, especially considering I ended up getting placed in Montana on my very first assignment. When I agreed to work as a traveler, I figured I would just have to take what I could get until I could get what I wanted, but my dream location just fell into my lap, and I am over the moon about it. I’m still amazed at how quickly my situation has turned around considering I was still working at my last job not even a month ago, and I’m leaving for Montana in just a few days. I hope it’s an encouragement to you if you’re stuck in a rough season; everything can change in the blink of an eye.
Anyway all of that is to say expect more blog posts from me, and expect them to come more than once a year. I’m looking forward to all the places I will see and especially all the people I will meet. I cannot wait.
**Everything I know about traveling cheap I learned from Nomadic Matt. Read all of his books right now. They will change your life.
In order: NYC –> London –> Paris –> Venice –> Burano