I’m Carly, a 30 year old American girl, although at this point I consider myself a world citizen as I have spent the better part of the last 10 years living outside of the United States. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. When I was 18 years old (and desperate for a serious change of scenery) I left Chicago and made my first big move across the country to Bozeman, Montana, where I attended college for 5 years. During that time, I studied abroad for one year in Murcia, Spain to learn Spanish. I fell in love with Spain and promised myself I would return as soon as I graduated college. I kept my word and after graduating in 2009 with a double degree in English and Spanish Languages, I went back to Spain and worked for 3 years as an English Teacher in Granada, Andalucia. During this time I was able to travel extensively throughout Europe.
My “other” home: Bozeman, Montana
My “other, other” home: Granada, Spain
I often question why I ever left Spain, but the travel bug was biting hard and I decided to change hemispheres and moved to Melbourne, Australia, where I lived for one year on an Australian “Working Holiday Visa”. After several failed attempts at moving back home to start a “normal” life, it was clear that my wanderlust was a permanent condition and I was going to have to find some kind of job that would work with my traveling lifestyle. Then finally, one year ago, I found my dream job teaching English online and my “calling” as a digital nomad and have been traveling while working ever since, in Europe, the USA, Southeast Asia, and now, South America.
After 10 years of devoting my life to travel, I consider myself now to be something of a professional at the art of traveling on a shoestring and living the good life no matter where you are the world. I finally decided it was time to start blogging about it just in time for a long anticipated backpacking trip through South America. I am excited to use the blog as a way of sharing my knowledge and experience of the nomadic lifestyle, clear up some myths and misconceptions that are out there about it, and inspire others to travel as well! I am currently teaching and blogging my way through Colombia towards Ecuador and loving every second of it.