ABOUT ME: Personal Life
A: I was born in the b-e-a-utiful city of L'viv, Ukraine. From there I've called many places home.
Q: Where do you call home now?
A: This is a tough question to answer since at the moment it changes quite a bit. Pennsylvania for now.
Q: Did you go to college? What did you study?
A: I studied marketing and international business at Hofstra University in New York.
Q: Why do you move around so much? Isn't it scary/dangerous?
A: The scariest thing is convincing yourself it's not actually scary.
In this day and age of Google translate, and Wikipedia, TripAdvisor, and Facebook Messenger, we all have a fear of talking with people. Finding a job in New Zealand or Singapore is the same as finding a job in your local town. So is finding an apartment. So is making friends.
I move around because I love being in a new environment and learning about new things. Some people get anxious when they're outside of their comfort zone, I get anxious if I'm inside of it for too long.
Q: How can you afford to travel so much?
A: This is my favorite question.
Affordability is really not the issue here, it's self-control. If you can land a stable job (note* I said stable, not even well-paying), then you can travel.
The first step is to change your mentality that the job you have now is your forever job. Or that a 9-5, Monday-Friday is how "it should be". Or that you can't quit because you'll let x, y or z down. There's no such thing, and it's your life.
The next step is to refuse to be influenced by marketing and advertising. Do you really need another shirt, or skirt, or pair of shoes (shoes are my weakness)? No, you really don't. Do you need to go out to 4 bars in one night and buy a round for all your friends in each of them? Probably not.
It's amazing how much longer your paycheck lasts when you seriously consider what you actually need versus what you want right now.
Following this simple recipe, at the very least you can start taking mini 2-3 day vacations within the month.
Q: What countries have you been to?
A: Ukraine, Poland, America, Canada, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Japan, Thailand, England, Indonesia, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia...
ABOUT ME: Red Queen Tales
A: I have a lot of family that live around the world, some in place that don't have Facebook (*gasp*). My grandparents barely know how to turn on a computer. So having a blog allows me to share my life with them despite being across the world. It's a great feeling when you come back somewhere and someone says "How did you ever mange to jump from that bungy platform? I was scared just watching you!".
Plus it's a great reminder of what I've accomplished, and helps push me towards the next tick.
Q: Would you be willing to write a guest post on my blog?
A: Of course! Send me an email at email@example.com and I'll be in touch.
Q: What camera do you use?
A: I had a Olympus Tough TG-2... until someone stole it. So all I have now is my phone. Whenever I'm out and about and need to snap a quick photo I use my Android so I can easily post to Instagram.
Q: Do you make money from your blog?
A: Right now I do it for the sheer pleasure of wanting to encourage others to travel by tempting them with photos and stories.
Q: Why was my comment not published/removed?
A: I will only publish comments that are in good taste, are not offensive, and are not spam. I will publish comments with constructive criticism, however I won't tolerate anything that sounds rude or cruel.
Q: How can I get in touch with you?
A: If you want to get in touch you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org