Hey! I’m Susan, and I’m 27 years old. (No, not “twenty-something.” Why do people feel the need to be vague about their age before 30? TOTES unnecessary. I’ll never be older than 29, so it doesn’t really matter anyway.)
I’ve been working seasonal adventure jobs and traveling the world since 2008.
I’m not one of the many refugees from cubicle life. I did graduate from college, but that was the end of my career as a grown-up.
One really bad interview my senior year with a bunch of pale dudes in suits made me realize that I didn’t want to go into public relations, advertising, or “consulting,” whatever that means.
I wanted a life of adventure.
I came home, told my roommate I was moving to Colorado, and haven’t looked back.
Since then, I’ve worked a variety of seasonal jobs; I’ve scooped ice cream, taught English, rented out skis, and even art modeled. Not only did these jobs afford me the time and money to travel, but they were FUN. (Well, I don’t know if I’d call art modeling “fun,” but it paid well.)
In between jobs, I travel to places that I can afford and that I never want to go when I’m old. I figure by that time I, A. will be rich, and B. will probs no longer think of 20-hour bus rides with drunk Peruvians as a good time.
Traveling is what gets me high, and I want to share the love with you.
If you’re sitting at a desk staring at your tropical beach wallpaper just wishing you could travel, I’m here to tell you that you CAN.
And if you’re about to finish school, remember this: you don’t need to work a job you hate if you embrace seasonal jobs.
You don’t need a lot of money to travel, and supporting yourself doesn’t mean having to have a “real” (and often boring) job. I’m living proof of that.
I’m a diminutive girl (we won’t discuss HOW short), with no trust fund, who’s never had a grownup job. And I’ve traveled a shit-ton. To more than 35 countries independently, in fact. And, being Jewish by heritage, I have, naturally, done it for cheap. All thanks to seasonal jobs.
I’ve been paragliding in Colombia, traveled solo in Egypt, gone diving with thresher sharks in the Philippines, and learned how to kiss in Mongolia. My jobs have taken me around the world — from Southeast Alaska to South Korea.
If I can do it, you can, too.
Even if you’re not interested in travel or seasonal jobs, that’s cool. Just hang out for the stories.
Because, as an open-minded girl who never turns down a good (or shitty) bottle of wine, I have quite the collection of tales that will hopefully entertain or inspire you, or at least make you ponder the future of humanity at the hands of the Millenials.
What do YOU want to know about adventure travel? About seasonal jobs? Let me know, and I’ll answer your questions via email, or maybe in a blog post!
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PS. Just so you know a few important facts about me: I love Michigan football, elephants, and jumpy pix. There, that should about cover it. Oh, and food. And taking pictures. And, especially, taking pictures with food (see above — YUM).