Jeremy is a travelFREAK. Based out of New York he finds jobs all over the world to keep up his travel obsession. You can read about how he is Living The Dream in this weeks episode.
Jeremy Scott Foster
What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?
I visited a number of countries as a child with my family. I think Mexico might have been my first trip, but I was so young I can barely remember. I do have memories of visiting London with my father and I visited the Dominican Republic with my sister. I guess I always grew up around the notion of traveling--my grandmother kept a huge poster of Machu Picchu above her bed and always told me stories of her travels. My grandfather was no stranger to traveling, either, and my mother was the one who carried that further into my life. It's funny because, when I was in my teens and early twenties, I was specifically opposed to traveling--I was scared that it would affect my life too much in a way that I wasn't ready for. But now I've been traveling in some way for five years!
When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?
The first time I traveled by myself was in the first quarter of 2010. I was less than a year out of college and I was already fed up with my desk job. I made a snap decision to sell most of my belongings, including my beloved car (I miss you, baby!), and I bought a one-way ticket to Australia. That was supposed to be a six month trip, but I didn't return home for three-and-a-half years. I visited nine countries, lived in three, and came home with a newfound sense of vigor and passion for life.
Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?
For the first few years I had no home base except my mother's house. Now I'm based out of New York, but I only come back a couple times per year. I do tend to travel continuously, because I'd rather spend more time in a place and get to know the culture and the people. Plus I strongly dislike the work environment in the United States, so I find that working abroad is much more suitable to me. I work and travel at the same time, so it works well, assuming I can find the right balance!
How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?
I've been traveling working as a bartender since a couple months after my trip started. I went so broke I was almost living under a bridge, and found a job working in a nightclub in Cairns, Australia. Since then I've picked up bar jobs all over the world, and have graduated to working in craft cocktail bars. I guess you could say I'm a blogger by day and a bartender by night!
If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?
I'm not sure I can answer that, but I did just write a post about the 50 best lessons I've learned in 5 years of travel. That might be able to sum everything up a little better!
What does "Living The Dream" mean to you?
To me, "Living the Dream" means passionately living in such a way that you feel fulfilled in every way, every day. Traveling isn't necessarily required for that, but it is for me, for right now. It may not be something that I do forever, but as long as you can find the thing that you love and make it your life's work, then you will truly be living the dream.