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Travel Experts Share The Moment They Knew Travel Would Be A Way Of Life

By Shontel Horne

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Traveling is an occasional hobby for many people, but for these globetrotters, traveling is a profession and just a part of their lifestyle. Some of our favorite travelers share when they knew it was time to make travel more than just a hobby.

Abena: In 2016, I was apathetic about grad school, frustrated at work, and asking myself “Is this the life I signed up for?” I realized if I was unwilling to find contentment in my current situation I had to change it. I left my full-time position for a part-time remote gig and changed my major to one that did not have an on-campus requirement. With that, I finally had the flexibility to travel more frequently. Last year I explored rice fields in Ubud, navigated the streets of Old Havana, crossed the Costa Rican/Nicaraguan border, scuba-dived near Koh Phi Phi and decided that one day I won’t have to return home.

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Brian: Shortly after I turned 26, I began to long for so much more in life. I felt like I was only going to get that by doing something I hadn’t done before; traveling to a new continent. Little did I know, I had a gift for planning and photography and an audience on Instagram that was curious to learn the ins and outs of travel. That’s when I realized I should really be taking traveling a bit more seriously!

Oneika: I caught the travel bug in university when I spent my junior year on a study abroad in France. I then worked overseas in international education for nearly a decade. Travel became my actual “job” when I started working full-time as a travel journalist a year and a half ago! In 2017 I became a host for Travel Channel, which was a dream come true. I am the host of two original series: Big City, Little Budget and One Bag and You’re Out.

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