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As kids, we dream about the day we will be grown up.

When will we be able to decide what time we go to bed, what we get to eat, and most importantly, stop hearing the word “No”

Most of us are in such a rush to grow up that we don’t even get to fully enjoy our youth.

In the blink of an eye we go from being kids dreaming about being a grown-up, to adults wishing we were kids.

We are bogged down with student loans, car payments, credit card bills, mortgages, and having to contribute to our 401k, to hopefully be able to retire one day from a job that we don’t even like.

The jobs we thought would give us freedom, have done nothing but take our freedom away.

The Struggle Is Real

We struggle to get through the work week, constantly looking forward to the weekend, and when the weekend finally comes, we spend all our time catching up on work around the house.

Becoming disconnected on who we are and what our passions are. Only focusing on work and hopefully saving enough money to one day take that trip we daydream about all day.

Our childhood dreams of being free and wild, are no longer. We continue to work a soul-sucking job, that gives us no pleasure or extra money because we are too busy paying bills. But we are told it is called being a “grown-up” and that you are just meant to deal with it.

We dream about never-never land, going back to the days where we could play all day and not have to worry about the stresses of adult life.

We daydream at work about all the exotic places we could travel or what we could do with our free time if we weren’t wasting it on a job we hated.

The Start Of My Quarter Life Crisis

Like most people growing up in the western world I was raised and taught to believe that you go to university and study hard, and when you graduate, you get a good paying job.

A job that you can rely on for the rest of your life and you stick with it until you are able to retire, so that is what I tried to do.

I graduated from college and joined the rat race, just like my parents did and just like all my friends were doing. Scoring that high powered, high paying consulting job.

I thought to myself that once I was making enough money, the long hours in the office or the long commute wouldn’t matter. It would bring me happiness because I would have a secure high paying job.

Me and my friends on the beach

Friends on the Beach

However, it didn’t take long to realize that something didn’t seem right for this kind of lifestyle. I was working all the time, not enjoying it, and racking up more and more bills for things I didn’t really need. 

I hated my lifestyle and I needed to get out as soon as possible before I was stuck and unable to leave. Life was meant for living, not dying.

At the time, my whole family thought I was crazy. They probably still do, they just know better than to say anything any more.

They all asked what I’m I going to do for money? Why are you leaving a good paying job? If you just work for the next 25 years you will be able to retire.

I could barely imagine working for another year. The thought of sitting in a cubicle for the next 25 years made me prefer jumping off a cliff.

Achieving The Dream

I knew I could have the life I always dreamed about, I just didn’t know how. So I spent six months saving money, and at the time, I was only planning on taking 1 year off. Surely a year would be enough time to figure out what I really wanted to be when I grew up.

I was going to spend six months in Costa Rica learning to speak Spanish and learning how to surf. After that I was planning on spending six months in the mountains snowboarding.

So I quit my job and persuaded my best friend to move to Costa Rica with me, I mean it was only going to be for six months.

Most Europeans take a gap year before they start university or a new career, they travel the world before they settle down. Why couldn’t I do the same thing? However, quickly after moving to Costa Rica, I knew there was no way I could go back to an office job.

Learning To Live The Pura Vida Lifestyle

I loved Costa Rica; the people, the country, their way of life. Six months quickly turned into six years, all within the blink of an eye. I quickly learned that you don’t need to have a corporate job to live the life you want, it’s actually the opposite. Life should be about freedom and enjoying the things you love to do.

Costa Rica taught me to build my life around experiences. I realized that you don’t have to live a life you hate just because you think that is what you are supposed to do. 

Pura Vida Chicas on the Beach

As much as I loved Costa Rica, after six years I was starting to feel the travel bug bite again. Wanting to see what else this world had to offer I was ready to get out and explore the world again.

I wanted to see more than what Central America had offered me. So I left Costa Rica and decided to give the yachting industry a try, I mean, what better way to travel the world than to see it from a million dollar boat while getting paid and having no expenses?

Now, this was the second time in my adult life where I packed up and left a good paying job for the unknown. This time around it wasn’t as scary. I had made it work in Costa Rica, surely I could make it work in the yachting industry.

Joining The Yachting Industry

So I packed my bags and hopped on a plane to Fort Lauderdale with what little money I had saved in Costa Rica. Taking only the minimal courses you needed to be certified to work on a superyacht.  I was determined to make it work, and I was ready for a life with more travel and adventure.

I joined yachting with no boating experience, no experience as a maid, and surely no formal experience as a chef. My first job on a superyacht was cooking for the crew. Unsure how this happened, as I have never worked professionally as a chef before, I loved it. If you think you would like to work on a superyacht, you can check out my go-to guide for getting a job on one here.

Taking that leap of faith, I put myself out there and somehow made it work. I was able to travel around the Caribbean, Northeast US, and see most of the Mediterranean and Europe.

Searching For More

However, it still wasn’t enough. I was going the places, my “Owners” as we call them in the industry, wanted to go. I wasn’t seeing what I wanted to see or traveling how I wanted to travel.

When I left the US to explore Costa Rica, I look back fondly on that moment. The thrill and the nerves I felt as I boarded the plane with a one-way ticket, and I realized it was my best life decision I ever made.

We are all afraid of the unknown, whether it be buying that one-way ticket, leaving our partner, or simply trying that strange and exotic food we have never heard of before. We are all taught to play it safe in life and not to follow our dreams.

But for me now, the unknown is exciting and almost what I thrive for. That is why I love traveling and living my life off the beaten path of what society says should be the “norm”.

For years I have been told I should start a blog, and have been putting it off. 

Trying To Make It As A Digital Nomad

I am once again embarking on a new journey in my life as I attempt to join the competitive world of travel blogging.

Going into it I know it will be hard and I will struggle, but I am determined to make it work.

I’m starting this blog in hopes that some of you will have a leap in faith and follow your dreams as well.

I am here to tell you that it is not as scary as it seems. Do what you love and not what you think you are supposed to do. We are only given one life and it is up to you to make the most of it.

Nothing in life is guaranteed, besides our time. We are the only ones that get to decide how we spend it. I hope you find my blog posts entertaining and useful and that you share them with your friends.

 

 

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Comments:

  • jk

    May 29, 2019

    Hi Megan
    What about Italy and especially Venice?

    reply...

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