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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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How to Start Traveling Tomorrow Like You Only Dream About Today

Posted on August 28th, 2013

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Ask any ambitious, internationally-minded twenty-something what are some things we love to do and inevitably “traveling” will come up. It is the thing almost all of us would like to do (or do more of), the thing that inspires envy when we see our peers jet-setting to Europe, backpacking across continents, and seemingly spending weeks and months and years of their lives on the road, living richly through not-for-sale experiences. Many young people, especially Americans on our cultural fast track, are intensely curious about those Europeans and Australians who rebuke the two-weeks-of-vacation-per-year system and take “gap years” to spend months living out of their backpacks on one continent after another…and we find ourselves wondering why we can’t do the same.

 

The point we are missing is: we can. The only thing that differentiates anyone from those globe-trotters is their decision to make traveling a priority and to make it happen at the inevitable expense of other things. They are not hung up on stockpiling money. They have earning – and tremendous savings – capabilities, but leverage those to funnel their resources into experiences on the road vs. accumulating material possessions at home. They embrace the cultivation of personal relationships that spread across the globe, and do not worry that their loved ones at home will abandon them while they take advantage of their youth, freedom, and curiosity to change the course of their lives by intentionally experiencing the world. They value having successful careers, but are not in a rush to accomplish everything by the time they are 35. They understand that exposing themselves to the world and spending time away from “the system” will endow them with enriched capabilities to succeed and navigate their lives and the world around them.

 

These apparently free-wheeling travelers understand that the benefits of their lifestyle tremendously offset the sacrifices required to make it possible. That’s right – unless you are Paris Hilton, traveling involves making sacrifices to arrange your career, finances, and the other dozens of responsibilities that are tied to a citizenship and community at home in order to accommodate extended periods of absence and freedom. This is part of the joy of becoming a traveler: juggling and arranging these responsibilities in accordance with your priorities, held independently of what is convenient or what society is subconsciously instructing you to do. Because it is not easy, it demonstrates a tremendous amount of willpower, organization, and vision to live that life. All you need is the same level of imagination, determination, and prioritization to live similarly.

 

The most important element of becoming a world traveler is confronting and eliminating your excuses and deciding to GO. Everything else will fall into place once you place the priority on having that experience. Anyone can obtain that elusive title of “traveler” if they have the idea that they can become one. If the individual is able to exercise enough practical sense to save money and develop the courage to trade temporary inconveniences for a life of colorful memories, a back-pocket of interesting experiences, and a worldview expanded through compassion, self-confidence, and a deeper, first-hand understanding of global interdependence, he or she will infinitely rewarded.

 

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Need help making your globe-trotting dreams a reality? Contact me at elaina@lifebefore30.com or visit the Coaching page to enroll in my travel consulting boot-camp to guide you on your journey to true backpacker status!

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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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