Hi! My name is Jess, and I am a Chinese American who left my beloved hometown of San Diego, California to travel the world. Although I took my first international trip as an infant, it was not until my 7.5 month solo trip to Southeast Asia in 2009 that I truly fell in love with traveling, particularly the budget type. On that trip, I met some of the kindest, most generous people, discovered the Couchsurfing network, hitchhiked for the first time, learned how to ride a motorbike, got scuba-certified, and ate some of the best food in the world.
After I returned home, the travel bug never went away.
However, my life plan at the time was to go to law school and become a lawyer. I toiled through my first semester at law school and then spent almost 9 months interning at a law firm in Beijing. Living in China was an eye-opening experience, one that I have slightly mixed feelings about but will always be forever grateful for the opportunity. I climbed the Great Wall, stayed in a yurt in Inner Mongolia, and relaxed on the beaches of Hainan. But, I eventually realized that being a lawyer was not for me.
And I dropped out of law school.
I still tried to fit into that nine to five mold though. Get that desk job. Save to buy a house. Find somebody to marry. Have kids.
Finally, after three years in the corporate world, I decided that that lifestyle is just not for me. And I don’t need to rush to get married. It’ll happen when it happens. And if it doesn’t? I’ll be perfectly fine. I turned 30 in July 2016, and if I don’t pursue what I really want – which is a life that is location independent, a life free from the cubicle, a life where I can travel and work simultaneously – when will I ever do it?
What better time than now.
So I’m packing my bag, going to Croatia for a month and a half, then Germany for ten days. After that, I will be loosely-based and living in Morocco with no set return date to the United States.