I was born in Cuba and currently live in the United States. My mother and I lived in Mexico for a year before coming to the United States, and I have been traveling again since I was 19. I currently work as a travel nurse (on and off) and am in grad school studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I begun traveling again in 2016. For years, I worked over-time constantly and worked on home renovations (Austin, TX) and I started to feel that I was working just to pay bills. I would make more money to buy more things and I never had time for myself, for experiences, or to just rest (I was also enrolled in school full-time while working 50-80 hour weeks). I decided to make more time for myself, to do things that I enjoy and to experience different cultures.
Like many people, I thought I needed to make significantly more money or have tons of savings to be able to travel. I’ve learned that this simply isn’t the case. I can’t tell you how much money I spend at Starbucks, or going out to eat or grab drinks with friends. These things are habits that I now see as unnecessary expenses. It’s fine to go out to dinner now and then, but I was spending my money on so many unnecessary things. When I started adding it all up, I realized I could have gone on at least 2 trips with that money. So, I’ve started doing just that. I’ve learned to find travel deals and utilize multiple avenues to save on lodging and transportation so that I can focus on experiencing the cultures of places I am visiting or paying for experiences, such as speed boat tours, scuba diving, snorkeling, etc.
- Spend less money on things I don’t need
- Travel more
- Spend more time having adventures and less time in hotel rooms
- Take more pictures!
Current location: Miami, FL
Current residence: Denver, CO