Hi! I’m Amanda. It’s great to “meet” you!
I quit my full time job in the wine industry of Northern California in the fall of 2015 to become a full time world traveler. Not a bad gig!
When I decided that I wanted to travel full time, I knew I’d need money, supplies, and a lot of spunk. I made a savings plan, worked my butt off, researched everything I possibly could about budget travel, and bought a backpack.
My parents thought I was having a quarter life crisis. They dropped me off at SFO all nonchalantly, and I proceeded to have a massive freak out while going through security. I pulled myself together and told myself that it will be alright. I know I’ll always be able to go home when and if I want to.
I’ve never wanted to go home since (to stay, anyway).
I first set off for a three month escapade around Europe, then hopped over to Central and South America for another three months. After that, I spent four months living in Thailand, then continued on to do a working holiday in Australia. I took a month long holiday to visit Bali, and then continued traveling around Australia. After a few weeks in Hawaii and a visit home to San Francisco, I am now adventuring my way through New Zealand, climbing mountains and chasing waterfalls every chance I get.
I have a bucket list of countries I’d like to go to, and I hope to make it to over 100 countries as soon as I can.
I travel so much by using travel hacking – it sounds scammy, but I promise it’s not. I simply optimize the rewards programs of my credit card, and referral programs of companies that I use and love, so that I can score free or discounted flights and cheap accomodation.
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