At such a young age I am lucky enough to say that I have traveled to some awesome, remote locations around the world. Especially since only a few years ago this life seemed impossible for me…
My passion for travel was kick started at quite an early age…
I’m a Filipino guy and was born and raised on a remote Island in the Eastern part of the Philippines. Our family was poor but all I wanted at that age was to have fun and eat junk food.
I still remember the day I got in trouble by my Grandfather and had to spend the day inside. So I ended up watching TV most of the day… But what came on, stunned me!
It was an advertisement for amazing places over the world like Paris, New York etc…
That day, I ended up asking my Grandparents about those places I had seen on screen and if we could go there during the holidays.
Their reply was disappointing to say the least… “It is impossible for us to visit those places as it is so expensive to travel. However, if you want to visit those places, finish your education first, get a degree and get a good job, and then you can travel anywhere you want.”
So, you know what? I took their advice!
I was determined to get a good education so I studied hard and ended up going to University. I decided to study nursing because I was told nurses were in high demand overseas and overseas is exactly where I wanted to go!
Long story short, I met the love of my life (LOL) and we happened to share the same interest for travel! And after our 4 years of study we both graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. We were both closer to our dreams of travel, a happy life and financial freedom!
But a few months later my family decided to migrate from the Philippines to Canada…
Although it meant having to have a long distance relationship with my partner, I decided to leave in hopes of better opportunities that Canada could offer. Surely I could earn and save more money in Canada and I could provide us with a better future and finally be able to travel together!
Unfortunately, those hopes soon disappeared…
I couldn’t get a nursing job in Canada due to the process between countries being so different… I became so frustrated with life! This wasn’t how it was supposed to work out!
I tried to keep my dreams in the forefront of my mind… It was hard, but it also gave me the motivation to not give up trying.
I went out applying for various types of jobs and finally landed 2 jobs working for minimum wage.
But even with two jobs I was still living paycheck to paycheck! I had bills to pay and never enough money to save for my girlfriend and I’s dream of traveling together…
So, I did what I had to do and took up another part-time job, thinking maybe it would get easier.
Well, let’s just say life got very hard after that… I barely had an hour to spare to Skype my girlfriend. The only time we ever talked was through social media… We were beginning to become disconnected.
I was so tired after work, not even getting a day off a week.
I lived like that for almost 2 years…. Only getting 3 weeks off a year to finally see my girlfriend.
Yeah, it’s crazy how we work all year round for a 3 week vacation (if that) and it’s considered normal!
One night I was fed up… I didn’t want this to be my reality anymore.
I realized I needed a big shift in my life.
I remembered what one of my mentors told me, “Don’t work for money all your life, let the money work for you.” That sentence finally made sense to me.
That same evening I grabbed my computer and started looking for ways to travel full-time and be able to support myself while on the road…
I ended up trying binary options and Forex trading but would always end up losing my investments… I may as well have flushed my money down the drain!
Back at square one, I began my search again… I eventually came across a guy my age who was living the life I wanted. He was traveling the world full-time with his girlfriend and had been on the road for almost 2 years!
Of course I was curious… I wanted this life for myself, so I reached out to him.
That was the first step I took, and I have never looked back. That guy became my mentor and taught me exactly how he did it.
So I began to implement everything he showed me and over time my dream lifestyle became closer and closer!
I would like to say my life changed overnight… Or even in the space of a week. But it didn’t.
It took time, dedication and some long nights.
But I think you can say it’s worth it when you are finally closer to your dream than you’ve ever been.
I’ve now been able to travel South East Asia with my girlfriend and experience some amazing places in the world… And we’re just getting started!
We decided to create this page to share our journey and also to inspire others out there with similar dreams…
It’s never too late to change the path you’re on… It just takes the first step which can often be the hardest. Just like how I reached out to the young guy who is now my mentor.
I’m just an ordinary kid with big dreams and I know I’m not the only one out there who has these dreams. . So feel free to shoot me a message, I love to connect with the big dreamers!
Remember, your biggest enemy is YOURSELF and the biggest hindrance to your dream is HESITATION!