Welcome to Hiatus4Life. I’m 29 years old, and I’m from Florida.

I’ve been working and traveling around the world for nearly 2 years.

Jason in Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland (2014)

Jason here. I guess I should tell you a little about me, since that’s the whole point of this page. After a recent quarter-life crisis, I have devoted myself to changing my life– completely. I left my home, family, job, and friends about 2 years ago to backpack around the world. Please sit back and enjoy the ride with me!

The Beginning…

I was born in southwest FL in 1985 and had a pretty typical middle-class suburban upbringing. I attended public schools, and then I graduated from a large state university just north of my hometown in 2009. I was, however, fortunate enough to have traveled as an exchange student to Tuusula, Finland when I was 16. The experience was truly remarkable, and it left me with a passion to travel that until just recently had been unfulfilled.

The years kept marching on. I finished my education, completed an internship, did a year of national service in AmeriCorps, and then took a job doing website design and IT support for a local company. I eventually progressed to IT Manager and bought a nice car, got a flat downtown, bought clothes I never wore… things “successful” people did.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand (2014)

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand (2014)

Internal Conflict…

Despite all these little upgrades, I still felt unfulfilled—like I was missing something. The beginning of 2012 was particularly rough for me emotionally as I tried to figure out what was missing from my life. I would just sit around with my heart racing thinking, “I’m not happy. I want to leave this place. I need to be somewhere else. I want to see something new…” Trapped. That’s exactly how I felt.

Then, I took a trip to NYC to visit my best friend. I loved it so much; I took another, then another… then a trip to Miami, then Washington, DC. Traveling and exploring made me happier than anything, and that was something I needed to be reminded of.

Porvoo, Finland (2014)

Porvoo, Finland (2014)

Taking Control of my Life…

So that was it. I was now a man on a mission. I needed to arrange my life in such a way that I could travel, and I needed to do it quickly if I wanted to regain my sanity.  I started reading a few travel blogs from people who were traveling full time around the world, and as I reviewed their budgets, I realized just how affordable that lifestyle could be.

I am able to fully support myself and my travels for around $1500 a month, and there are others out there doing it for less. The key is traveling slow and spending most of your time in developing countries with a low cost of living compared with the United States (or whichever country your income is from).

I gave myself 6 months to save up as much money as I could. Then I took a one-way flight to Central America and began my grand experiment. I simply needed to manage my spending, and use my entrepreneurial American spirit to squeak out $1-2k a month online.

Helsinki, Finland (2014)

Helsinki, Finland (2014)

Completing my First Trip Around the World.

It has now been almost 2 years since I left Florida. I have not returned since. In that time I have travel from the US to Latin America to Asia to Europe, and in December 2014 I will return back to Florida having completed one full circle around the world. But, I have no plans to stop. I have found what makes me happy—for now.

Finnish Sauna Party (2014)

Finnish Sauna Party (2014)

Questions or Comments?

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The best way is through the contact form! I will respond, even if it takes a day or two.

Ao Nang, Thailand (2014)

Ao Nang, Thailand (2014)