What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?
The first foreign country I technically visited was the UK, but if we're talking about the first place where I truly "traveled," it was India. I took a trip there in 2009, with my best friend Dora, because I felt that until I visited a developed country, I would be severely limited in my capacity to understand the world.
When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?
When I returned from India, I lost my job in the states, which forced me to move to China to teach English; my high-flying, "location-independent" lifestyle came about a year after that, when I happened into online content writing and, later, blogging. Initially, I moved abroad out of sheer necessity, but the freedom and liberation I felt inspired me to permanently transform my life.
Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?
I base myself in Austin, TX, the city where I've lived since I graduated college in 2006, for several reasons. Many of my best friends in the world live there; it's a familiar, comfortable place where I can "recharge my batteries"; and it's just an awesome place in general. For me, the idea of being perpetually nomadic sounds miserable, if only because I'm picky about who cuts my hair!
How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?
Like many travel bloggers, I sell advertisements on my site. I also sell my travel photos to tourism boards I work with, write online content for travel companies and national tourism boards and do web design work, on the side.
If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?
What does Living The Dream mean to you?
Looking in the mirror every morning and having absolutely no regrets.