I’VE LONG BEEN A TRAVELER. Before setting out to see the world, I went to every Canadian province (with the exception of Manitoba), and a few US states. In November 2013, I left North America for the first time on what I hoped would be a year-long backpacking trip.
Six months and nearly $10,000 later, I was back home—but my wanderlust hadn’t been cured. I wanted more, but how? I couldn’t spend another year or two working just to take off for six months, then start the cycle over again. I needed to find a better solution.
That’s when it came to me: if I was going to be working a short-term, shitty minimum-wage job just to save up money for travel, why not do it abroad?