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Although Life Before 30 is my home on this cozy little corner of the Internet, I selectively contribute to a variety of other sites. Please contact me at elaina@lifebefore30.com for more details on how we can collaborate!

 

Fast Company

The Counterintuitive Career Lesson I Learned by Traveling the World

https://www.fastcompany.com/3064917/lessons-learned/the-counterintuitive-career-lesson-i-learned-by-traveling-the-world

 

This is How Your Random Facebook Friends Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

https://www.fastcompany.com/40449774/this-is-how-your-random-facebook-friends-can-help-you-land-your-dream-job

 

Six Ways I Built a Career Traveling the World in My 20s

https://www.fastcompany.com/3067658/six-ways-i-built-a-career-traveling-the-world-in-my-20s

 

I’m Living Proof That It’s Time to Redefine the American Dream

https://www.fastcompany.com/40434607/im-living-proof-that-its-time-to-redefine-the-american-dream

 

Fortune Magazine Online 

Ways to Turn Wanderlust into a Career Path

http://fortune.com/2016/09/30/wanderlust-as-a-career-path/

 

Being Miserable at Work Doesn’t Mean You Have to Quit

http://fortune.com/2016/11/01/quit-job/?iid=leftrail

 

How to be an Entrepreneur with a Day Job

http://fortune.com/2016/07/29/entrepreneur-with-a-day-job/?iid=leftrail

 

7 Words That Can Help You Figure Out Your Life Purpose

http://fortune.com/2016/04/26/find-your-life-purpose/?iid=leftrail

 

How to Make a Major Life Decision in 9 Steps

http://fortune.com/2016/06/23/how-to-make-a-major-life-decision-in-9-steps/?iid=leftrail

 

What a Group of Burmese Punks Have to Teach You about Life, Work, and Entrepreneurship

fortune.com/2016/01/31/burmese-punks-entrepreneurship/

 

 

Huffington Post

The Unexpected Way a Year of Travel Completely Broke (And Rebuilt) Me 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-unexpected-way-a-year-of-travel-completely-broke_us_5798ddade4b0e339c2400258

 

9 Mistakes People Make When Looking for a Job Overseas — And What to Do Instead

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/57eacb5de4b07f20daa0fce4?timestamp=1475008132753

 

Why Avoiding Student Loan Debt Was The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Career

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/57d8aa5de4b047401d0468d4?timestamp=1479772455949

 

8 Lies We Tell Ourselves About “Finding Our Passion”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58092a82e4b0b1bd89fdafc7?timestamp=1479772476230

 

What It’s Really Like to Be a World-Traveling Digital Nomad

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/57a48875e4b0c94bd3c9335f?timestamp=1479772485631

 

Business Insider

A woman who moves every 3 months for work shares the 15 things she never travels without

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-15-things-a-road-warrior-never-travels-without-2015-7?IR=T#

 

12 Tiny Transformations That Will Improve Your Life 

http://www.businessinsider.com/12-tiny-transformations-that-will-improve-your-life-2015-10?IR=T

 

How I Changed My Life and Career in 30 Days

http://www.businessinsider.com/i-changed-my-life-and-career-in-30-days-2015-5

 

15 Ways to Nuture Greatness in Your 20s

http://www.businessinsider.com/15-ways-to-nurture-greatness-in-your-20s-2015-5

 

Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-i-quit-my-job-to-travel-the-world-2015-5

 

10 Ways to Make the Most of Relationships in Your 20s

http://www.businessinsider.com/ways-to-make-the-most-of-relationships-2015-5

 

LinkedIn Tricks I Bet You Aren’t Using

http://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-tricks-you-arent-using-2015-6

 

What Motorbiking Across Bali Taught Me About Life and Success

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-motorbiking-across-bali-taught-me-about-life-and-success-2015-10?IR=T

 

22 Steps to Figuring Out Your Next Career Move

http://www.businessinsider.com/22-steps-to-figuring-our-your-next-career-move-2015-7?IR=T

 

How I traveled to nearly 50 countries by age 25 without sacrificing my career goals

http://www.businessinsider.com/8-ways-i-made-travel-a-major-part-of-my-life-and-career-2015-9?IR=T

 

8 Lies You’re Telling Yourself While Trying to Find Your Purpose

http://www.businessinsider.com/8-lies-youre-telling-yourself-while-trying-to-find-your-purpose-in-life-2016-11

 

Matador Network

Complete Author Profile

https://matadornetwork.com/author/elainagiolando/

 

Thought Catalog

10 Simple Rules for Making the Most of Relationships in Your 20s (14,400 hits)

http://thoughtcatalog.com/elaina-elizabeth/2014/04/10-simple-rules-for-making-the-most-of-relationships-in-your-20s/

 

20 Tough Questions Every Twenty-Something Should Tackle Today (10,000 hits)

http://thoughtcatalog.com/elaina-elizabeth/2014/06/20-tough-questions-every-twenty-something-should-tackle-today/

 

How to Change Your Life in Two Minutes

http://thoughtcatalog.com/elaina-elizabeth/2014/10/how-to-change-your-life-in-2-minutes/

 

Watching People You Know Get Married When You’re 25 and Single

http://thoughtcatalog.com/elaina-elizabeth/2014/10/watching-people-you-know-get-married-when-youre-25-and-single/

 

The Only Piece of Advice We Really Need

http://thoughtcatalog.com/elaina-elizabeth/2015/02/the-only-piece-of-advice-we-really-need/

 

All Thought Catalog contributions can be accessed here: http://thoughtcatalog.com/elaina-elizabeth/. 

 

CNN

 Beyond New York and Milan: Africa’s Role in the Global Fashion Arena

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1185239  

 

Daily Muse

 3 Practical Things to Do When You Have Too Many Goals

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-practical-things-to-do-when-you-have-too-many-goals

 

Brazen Careerist

5 Easy Ways to Accomplish All of Your Goals

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2014/12/30/5-easy-ways-to-accomplish-all-of-your-goals/

 

Zady

The Slow Travel Manifesto

https://zady.com/features/the-slow-travel-manifesto

 

Interview: CEO of Africa’s Leading Ecotourism Company

https://zady.com/features/interview-africa-s-leading-ecotourism-company

 

Surviving Winter in the World’s Coldest Capital

https://zady.com/features/surviving-winter-in-the-coldest-capital-on-earth

 

5 Easy and Scientifically-Proven Ways to Improve Your Sleep

https://zady.com/features/5-easy-and-scientifically-proven-ways-to-improve-your-sleep

 

Escape the City

Should You Go to Grad School? A Rational Analysis

http://blog.escapethecity.org/2014/07/07/grad-school-rational-analysis/

 

Project Eve

My 30-Day Life Overhaul

http://www.projecteve.com/my-30-day-life-overhaul/

 

Go Overseas

A Practical Guide to Finding International Jobs

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/guide-to-entry-level-international-jobs

 

How to Use an Informational Interview to Get a Job Abroad

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/how-to-use-an-informational-interview-to-get-a-job-abroad

 

How to Continue Networking on Your Gap Year

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/how-to-continue-networking-on-your-gap-year

 

10 Tips on Working Abroad in a Foreign Language

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/how-to-work-in-a-foreign-language

 

How to Leverage Volunteering Experience Abroad to Get a Job

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/how-to-leverage-volunteer-experience-abroad-to-get-a-job

 

29 Moments Only Study Abroad Students in China Will Understand

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/things-only-study-abroad-students-in-china-understand

 

How to Put Volunteer Experience Abroad on Your Resume

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/how-to-put-your-volunteer-experience-on-a-resume

 

10 Things NOT to Do When Dating Locals Abroad

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/things-not-to-do-when-dating-locals-abroad

 

Is It Safe to Study Abroad in the Middle East?

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/is-it-safe-to-study-abroad-in-the-middle-east

 

8 Things You Should Know Before You Study Abroad in the Middle East

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/things-you-should-know-before-study-abroad-in-the-middle-east

 

Why Women Who Volunteer Abroad Are Our Heroes

http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/why-women-who-volunteer-abroad-are-our-heroes

 

All Go Overseas contributions can be accessed here: http://www.gooverseas.com/profile/6826

 

Reach to Teach

Reflections on Life from the Mongolian Steppes

http://www.reachtoteachrecruiting.com/blog/reflections-on-life-from-the-mongolian-steppes/

 

Challenging Cultural Stereotypes with Poise and Finesse

http://www.reachtoteachrecruiting.com/blog/challenging-cultural-stereotypes-with-poise-and-finesse/

 

Practical Guidelines for International ESL Job Hunters

http://www.reachtoteachrecruiting.com/blog/practical-guidelines-for-international-esl-job-hunters/

 

Interviews and Mentions

Coverage in French newspaper, Le Nouvel Observateur 

http://leplus.nouvelobs.com/contribution/1378167-a-lire-en-en-30-jours-j-ai-plaque-ma-vie-de-reve-mes-conseils-pour-tout-changer.html 

 

Contributing Editor Interview: Why I travel, how I got into blogging, and what is the craziest thing I have ever done while traveling!

http://www.gooverseas.com/contributing-editors/elaina-giolando

 

UNC Alumna Interview: How did my education and university help prepare me to have an international career?

http://college.unc.edu/2014/05/14/globalheel/

 

 

 

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 60 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 4.5 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, the US, and India. 

 

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.

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