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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I've lived, worked, and traveled to more than 55 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I've also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I've traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I've also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I'm currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, East Africa, and India. I'll be overlanding on local transport from Malawi to Kenya in September — stay tuned for that adventure! 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There's simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I'm not a full-time digital nomad and I'm not a full-time corporate professional: I've done things a bit differently and I think it's feasible for more people to live "off the beaten path" this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it's both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help YOU find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

 

I've kept Life Before 30 ad-free for 5 years. If you've found the content helpful, please consider making a small donation to support my work. 

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How to Use Rapid Prototyping to Pivot into a New Career
How to Use Rapid Prototyping to Pivot into a New Career
Published On: August 15, 2017
  Many of us stand at the crossroads of a bewildering array of interests. At any given point, we may be pursuing a successful career in product management while also toying with the idea of getting a PhD or opening an art gallery. We may be walking down the path of becoming a doctor but are tempted to drop everything and become an author instead.   Humans are fabulously multidimensional, so we often dabble, pivot, and ponder. We’re both very curious and very scared -- but it’s often merely a lack of knowledge or experience that prevents us from making a decisive leap in a promising new direction.   So how can we feel safe pursuing something that seems like Continue Reading
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What I’ve Learned During My First Two Months Freelancing in Berlin
Published On: August 2, 2017
There was a comical moment when I came back to Berlin to start freelancing again and said to my best friend, "Am I going to be bored?" Coming from a serious office job, it all seemed so scary (even though I spent 14 months freelancing and traveling in 2015): hustling for every dollar, wide open days without a schedule, no direction from someone else. Would I find meaning in this? Would I be fulfilled working on my own little projects? Would I be able to eat?    In just two weeks, I was so busy and suffering from exhaustion from the combination of getting back into the self-employed hustle and, naturally, Berlin itself. In a few more weeks, I was making enough money Continue Reading
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15 Real People Share Their Realistic Ideas About Success -- And a Link to My Soul-Bearing Fast Company Manifesto
15 Real People Share Their Realistic Ideas About Success — And a Link to My Soul-Bearing Fast Company Manifesto
Published On: July 12, 2017
If you missed me spilling my guts to millions of people, check out my latest piece for Fast Company: I'm Living Proof That It's Time to Redfine the American Dream. This piece put me in a really vulnerable place, so if you read it and liked it, send me an email at elaina@lifebefore30.com -- I could use some love and reassuarance or just to touch base with readers after this one.    In doing research for the piece, I polled my Facebook friends (a very scientific methodology) about how they defined success and wanted to share the results. I found many of their replies to be really insightful and motivating. Enjoy!     "These 3 quotes always speak to me as Continue Reading
Another One-Way Ticket: How I Keep Doing Things Differently
Another One-Way Ticket: How I Keep Doing Things Differently
Published On: June 28, 2017
  That would be me holding a one way ticket to Berlin last week, embarking on a new chapter and another twist in my wacky, unstable, unconventional adventure through life.   Over the past two weeks I've flown from work in New Zealand to home in Buffalo, NY and finally over to my other home. in Berlin -- three continents in 10 days and my mind and body are just catching up to start asking what I know some people around me must be thinking: What are you doing with your life?!   In short, I left Uber after 8 months on the international operations team of their global mapping deployment. I was traveling almost every two weeks to launch a new city, working in 15 cities in 3 countries (Mexico, Continue Reading
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My Ultimate Guide on How to Save Money for Travel (Or Other Big Projects and Adventures)
My Ultimate Guide on How to Save Money for Travel (Or Other Big Projects and Adventures)
Published On: July 25, 2017
  Money and freedom go hand-in-hand. If you’re planning a long-term travel adventure, you’ll need to save up a good sum for housing, airfare, local transport, and daily expenses. Even if you plan to travel with very little money by volunteering or couchsurfing, you still need an emergency fund.   I’ve saved up for three big trips over the course of the past decade: 4 months in South America (2011), 14 months over 3 continents (2015-2016), and now I’m embarking on another adventure of 9-12 months through Europe, Africa, and India (2017-2018). I’ll share my personal strategies with you here in the hopes it inspires you to pick and choose what might apply to you or inspire you to develop Continue Reading
9 Ways to Grow Your Career While Traveling
9 Ways to Grow Your Career While Traveling
Published On: June 20, 2017
The following is a guest post contributed by Joaquim Miro, founder of The Alternative Ways   The first time I told my friends and family that I was going to quit my job and travel, it didn’t go so well. They were nervous, anxious, and even scared for me. “How will you find another job when you come back? How will you make enough money on the road?”   While I didn’t have answers to these questions at first, I knew deep down that as long as I worked hard and continued to develop relevant skills, I would be okay. 10 months later, I'm proud to announce that I’ve been offered jobs, year-long volunteer programs, and promising business opportunities.   What Continue Reading
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Two Years Later: Why Changing My Relationship to Alcohol is the Best Thing I Ever Did for Myself
Two Years Later: Why Changing My Relationship to Alcohol is the Best Thing I Ever Did for Myself
Published On: April 4, 2017
The last time I got drunk was in May 2015, when I was (ironically enough) living in Qatar. It’s a big thing for Doha expats to do boozy brunches on the weekend and that was officially the last time I went out with the intention to get intoxicated.      It’s been two years now, and I’d never go back to how I lived and partied before.    At the time, I didn’t expect to give up drinking permanently. Ramadan was approaching and that was simply the last boozy brunch we’d be able to do for awhile as the country moved into a religious period of fasting, sobriety, and reflection. Coincidentally, I also lost all of my friends in Qatar Continue Reading
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You Don’t Always Have to Quit: Ways to Actually Be Happier at Work
Published On: February 12, 2017
  Some blogs talk mostly about quitting your job to travel the world. Some talk about becoming a digital nomad or full-time entrepreneur. And others talk about helping you find your dream job.   Mine talks about how to do all of these, because there are many ways to build a lifestyle that works for you.    I’m a digital nomad, small-time entrepreneur, and freelance writer, but I’m also an international project manager who has worked for several major companies over the past 5 years. I lead parallel careers, sometimes working the 9 to 5 grind, sometimes spending extended time on the road paying my own way. I’ve come up with a formula that works for me, using my corporate Continue Reading

About Me

About Me

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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I've lived, worked, and traveled to more than 55 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I've also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I've traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I've also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I'm currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, East Africa, and India. I'll be overlanding on local transport from Malawi to Kenya in September — stay tuned for that adventure! 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There's simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I'm not a full-time digital nomad and I'm not a full-time corporate professional: I've done things a bit differently and I think it's feasible for more people to live "off the beaten path" this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it's both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help YOU find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

 

I've kept Life Before 30 ad-free for 5 years. If you've found the content helpful, please consider making a small donation to support my work. 

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Step into my office!

 

Three years ago, I changed my whole life in 30 days. I scored the job of my dreams, quit my job in New York, sold everything I owned, moved to West Africa, and never looked back. Read about it here.

 

Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

Do you want to travel but are scared to quit your job?

Do you want to find a job overseas but don't know where to start?

Do you wake up in the morning dreading what's ahead?

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