My name is Jenn and for the past few years, I’ve had an urge to follow my dreams that only gets stronger each day. I’ve always worked hard for what was “expected” of me—I always did quite well in school and received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in a field I’ve been working in since I was 19. Throughout college and grad school, I often worked full-time in addition to maxing out my credits, because I liked being busy and felt I needed the work experience for a successful life. But lately, working a 9 to 5 has left me wanting more. Even though I enjoy the work I do, I find myself sitting in my cubicle daydreaming about being anywhere else. Day after day, 40 hours a week.
What I daydream about is traveling full-time. Since I was 19, I’ve worked harder than most of my peers (at my day job in addition to school, freelancing, babysitting and a social life) and all of this work made it possible for me to save up for my travels. I’ve paid my way through 6 continents and 25 countries in the last 5-6 years. I’m aware that makes me luckier than most, but it’s not for lack of long hours and hard work. But I find myself being addicted to travel Instagram accounts, watching hours and hours of YouTubers (like yourself) documenting what makes them happy, and researching future travels. So now, at 25, my next adventure is to do a round-the-world trip. I’m not 100% where I’ll end up (but I have a long list of places I dream of everyday) or how long this adventure will last, but I’ve decided that it’s time to stop living the dream everyone tells me is correct. I plan to document my trip with regular blogs or videos (or both).
I might be young, but my travels up until this point have educated me to what else is out there in the world, and that’s where I want to be. I want to teach English, aide in the rescue and protection of animals, help set up schools, help build homes, deliver clean drinking water and supplies—I want to make the world a better place with any small contribution I can manage. But this will not come cheap and I’m already pinching my pennies wherever possible. Any donations would go to travel (flights/trains/etc.), accomodations, food, and spending money. I’m not quite sure when the trip will be, as it depends on how quickly I can fund it. (The sooner the better!) If there’s any chance you’d be willing to contribute $5, $10, or even $20 to helping someone achieve their dreams, I’d be so grateful. If not, thanks for taking the time to ready my story and have a great day!