I used to think that the world started and ended with New York. I can’t remember a time when I wanted to be anywhere but here. In the stressful and the successful times, I have had some pretty amazing jobs and experiences and have met some incredible people along the way. Eight years later I’ve come to realize that NYC is really just small (albeit larger than average) dot on the world that I want to explore. I’m excited to say that I have taken a giant leap to start a life of freelance and travel.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

I was always frustrated that I only had a few weeks of vacation every year, always calculating and counting how I could configure and maneuver my days off so that I could have time for my family, friends and travel (and I know that this is an extremely lucky problem to have). If you ever caught me not working at my desk it was only because I was scrolling through the never ending black hole of travel blogs and stories and photographs on the internet.

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Nicaragua, August 2016, Photo by Valeria Duque

I’m excited to tell you guys that in a couple of weeks I am headed to Buenos Aires with a one-way ticket and am going to see how far and long I can travel before I either get tired of the road or run out of money. I’ll be spending the summer in South America and am planning some European adventures in the fall with some NYC in between. After that who knows?

“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” -Lewis Carroll

This has not been a spur of the moment decision. I am very fortunate that I have a job that easily translates to being a freelancer and that I’ve built a great network of people that support me in doing so. I have been doing a lot of thinking and planning and figuring out how my new life is going to work.

I can’t argue that it is less stable and harder to manage a freelance life but it gives me something extraordinarily valuable to me: flexibility and freedom. And I’m not advocating that everyone should go out and quit their jobs. But I have a plan, I’ve been saving like a mad woman (SEE: How to Save More Money to Travel) and I fully believe that I will never regret taking a chance even if I end up right back where I started.

So will this new life work? I may come back in a month to my old life, or maybe I’ll change directions and head somewhere completely off course.

I’m feeling anxious and nervous and scared but most of all I’m excited. Excited to not know where I will be and that life can take a turn in any direction at any time. I’m ready for a new adventure to start. Stay tuned and follow along with me!