Nadia took a few minutes break from her global travels to answer our 5 questions.
Be sure to follow her adventures via her blog the daily s’elf and through her social media channels, which you can find in her bio at the bottom of this post. Enjoy and prepare to be inspired!
1. When did you decide to turn your life to travel?
I’ve always loved travel since an early age when my family would take holidays around the world, but as a career move, it only happened about three years ago accidentally. I was writing about beauty and my editor couldn’t make a wine tasting trip to Spain so sent me instead! Since then I realised I could really make a go of it. Instead of working to spend all my money on holidays, I’d holiday for a living!
2. What does travel give you that everyday life doesn’t?
Spontaneity, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, amazing food and weather! I’m not the kind of person who needs a routine and thrive in different situations and locations. I get itchy feet if I stay in one place too long, so it feeds my need for adventure.
3. What is your best tip for someone wanting to pack in their 9-5 and turn their life to travel?
Just do it! Life on the road can actually be cheaper than living in one place when you consider the cost of living in most big cities; rent, car, insurance etc. There are lots of jobs that can be done remotely, you just need a laptop, wifi, some savings in the bank and a bit of faith that it’ll all work out.
4. What do you wish you knew at the start of your travels that you know now?
Hmm, that’s a tricky one. I’m always learning new stuff, I don’t think I’ll ever have it fully sussed. I suppose I’m getting better an packing light(er). So I guess it would have to be how to pack wisely, or more importantly knowing the stuff I don’t need.
5. How do you build a social life outside of work when in a foreign country?
I make friends on trips all over the world and then reconnect in their hometown or meet them again on our travels. The community is so friendly, you often get introduced and helped out by other travellers who share the same interests and know the struggles of travelling full-time. Hostels are great places to meet people and if I’m on my own I’ll join a walking tour or bar crawl. I’m a member of the Facebook group Girls LOVE Travel, there seems to be someone from everywhere in the world there. A ready-made group of friends!
Featured Image: Michael Vanarey Photography
I’m a travel writer, blogger and make up artist with a passion for amateur photography and no fear of living out of a suitcase. I rarely miss home, but love meeting up with an Irish pal while on the road!