I’ve always been a nomad. I was born and raised in Korea until I was about 7 years old. My family then moved to Cambodia and ever since then, I’ve had to adjust to having a very complicated definition to the word ‘home’ and answer to the question ‘where are you from?’
After living in Southeast Asia for 12 years, I moved away from home to Boston on my own to study marketing and communications. 4 years flew y as I kept myself super busy with school, part time jobs, internships and volunteer work – all the while in my head thinking… ‘I really wish I could take a break and travel.’ After 3.5 years of studying, I had found myself an awesome job and that’s when the signs started to appear.
Instead of getting the job I wanted at an agency, I was contacted by a travel company for having an international background in PR and a love for travel (which they found out through my then blog summerinsea.com). The desire for travel just kept growing and going to travel conferences and meet-ups didn’t help satisfy that desire. I decided to travel vicariously through other travelers and started volunteering at a hostel, meeting other travel bloggers and hosting couch surfers.
I wanted to travel but I couldn’t. I kept thinking ‘I’ve worked way too hard the past 4 years to be able to give up on everything.’ I had put in extra time surviving on barely any sleep because I was an international student and needed to find a job that would sponsor me for a work visa. So, the biggest sign the world can throw at you? Well, my visa was coming to an end and I really didn’t want to look for a job. Instead, I looked up a flight to Europe and booked a one-way ticket to Copenhagen. February 26, 2013. I guess this is where my story begins.
All I want to do is travel and experience. Experience different cultures, learn how to adjust and live in a different city, try a new job and just try becoming a better ‘ME.’ Follow me and my journey as I try and figure out how to make this dream come true. I’m going to travel but will never cease to work on improving myself as a person and take in as many new experiences as I can.
Read: My Travel Philosophy