Work vs. Play

I've always been a passionate traveler. But I'd so much rather hike the Inca Trail than sit on the beach in St. Maarten. I was so lucky to get such a wonderful internship at the top advertising agency in Philadelphia right after graduation, but I was also very jealous of my friends who decided to travel the world before getting a big kid job. 

Erin is killin' it in Copenhagen, Victoria got an internship in Milan, and Lindsay and Davis are living it up in Brisbane, only after Davis traveled to India, Greece and Croatia. Let's just say, the FOMO is real. 

     Tambourine Mountains, Australia   Photo Cred: Davis Tousignant

 

Tambourine Mountains, Australia

Photo Cred: Davis Tousignant

  Duomo di Milano, Italy    Photo Cred: Victoria Selover

Duomo di Milano, Italy

Photo Cred: Victoria Selover

Like, what? I wanna go. I've basically been on the Skyscanner app for the past 48 hours. If you haven't used Skyscanner before, you should. It's a global travel search site and app offering and comprehensive and free flight search service. It's great because you can browse prices across a whole month or year so you can search the best deals. I've been suing the "Destination Everywhere" feature that shows you air travel prices to... literally everywhere. Just keeping my options open, ya know?

I can afford to travel for now. I've had a job since I was 12 and have been saving for years. I basically only spend my money on traveling, food, and, when I'm feeling sad, new clothes.

I recently splurged on this amazing new vest from Zappos. Officially happy and pumped for fall.

I digress.

I don't have a car, mainly because I was saving for my semester-long study abroad trip to Buenos aires. I'm also living with the best parents (Hi Mom! Aren't you proud that your unemployed daughter is blogging now?). I have no financial restraints so why not travel while I can, right? Well, maybe. I was just so inspired by the people I met at my last internship and how focused they are on their communications careers. I've always been incredibly determined all through school and my internships. I'm very serious about my career, but I'm starting to think that what I need right now is to figure out what I want and get it together. I want a job that will further my career, even if it's not my dream job. However, I think I need to learn and mature a bit in other ways first.

 Yup, that's me (practically) vertically climbing Machu Picchu.

Yup, that's me (practically) vertically climbing Machu Picchu.

I met a girl who stayed in our hostel room in Colonia, Uruguay named Vimi. She is originally from Vancouver, but after quitting a job she didn't like all that much, she decided to travel through South AmericaALONE! She knew that while she was young and didn't have to worry about vacation time (which, I believe, is much easier to get in Canada than in the U.S.) she might as well travel a bit.

Ever since meeting Vimi, traveling alone sounded like the ultimate learning experience. I asked if she was nervous traveling alone as a woman. She told me that if you're always afraid of being a woman, then you're never going to fully live and do what you want, because, the fact is, unless you really, really try, you're going to be a woman for the rest of your life. 

 Me, Sheridan and Vimi in Colonia, Uruguay.   Photo Cred: Sam Maher

Me, Sheridan and Vimi in Colonia, Uruguay. 

Photo Cred: Sam Maher

Long story short, I am very passionate about furthering my career. But at the same time, I think traveling for a bit may put my post-grad life into perspective. Should I not waste any time and immediately look for a job or should I take a couple weeks to travel to Copenhagen or Alaska? 

Shelly, get it together, girl. 

 

Cheers,

Shelly