I feel like I owe my followers and anyone who stumbles upon my WordPress an explanation for my absence. My last post was published on June 1st. Three weeks later, I flew to Argentina for a summer away working and exploring one of the most amazing countries in the world.
I spent the summer in Argentina with my older brother Blake, and throughout our time we had the pleasure of celebrating a variety of holidays, celebrations and local events. The day after we arrived the country was celebrating Independence Day! We were also able to watch the World Cup Final with 5,000 other Argentines in one of Buenos Aires’s many plazas.
During our travels we spent every night in hostels and tried to spend every waking moment exploring the towns we visited and meeting the locals. The great thing about traveling and staying in hostels is that you have the chance to meet people from all over the world. We sat at the ‘family dinner’ table with a Dutch couple when the news was airing the Malaysian Airlines crash that killed so many people from their homeland. We shared rooms with college travelers, couples on vacation, hippies exploring the world, and a variety of other travelers.
Blake and I spent a lot of time visiting with locals and making it a point to fully submerge ourselves in the culture, the politics and the people. Blake had spent six months living with a host family in Buenos Aires for a semester of college. We had the privilege of staying with his host family for a couple of weeks while we took a break from traveling. Having a second home in Argentina was an amazing gift. It made certain parts of the trip feel less like a vacation and more like a living situation. Leaving Alicia and José (our host parents) was an extremely difficult and emotional experience.
The entire time we were traveling my brother and I were both working. Both Blake and I freelance our professional skills. Blake has a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. In Spanish from Washington State University. He works with a couple of startups and works for the Obama Healthcare Initiative in Illinois. I have a B.A. In Public Relations and have a Nonprofit Business Administration Professional Certificate from Central Washington University. I am a Freelance PR Consultant and I spent a few hours every day we had wifi working for clients. Both Blake and I found a way to balance work and traveling so that we never had to worry about money or spending too much time in an office or cafe.
I have never enjoyed a vacation more than those weeks I spent in Argentina with my brother. Not only was I exposed to a variety of experiences I would never have found myself and I met so many amazing people. I was able to work and develop my professional experiences while developing my Spanish skills and experiencing a new culture. This trip helped me develop professionally, emotionally and mentally. To anyone who is wondering what to do with their life, I say, travel. Lost your job? Feeling stuck? In a rut? Get out and do something. It doesn’t have to be across the world like my trip, but just get out. Go somewhere, spend sometime thinking and opening your mind.
So now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running. I’m expanding my Freelance business and am looking to start working with a few start ups. Please continue to read, comment on and share my blog posts.