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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.