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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I want to travel, but I don't know where to start. Can you help?
Of course! The EMATW Trip Planning Service was created exactly for this reason – to help travelers with every aspect of planning their dream getaway. We work together to create the an itinerary based on your travel likes and needs. Our travel experts can help you plan all or even part of your trip. Visit the Planning Services page for more information.
I have a trip coming up. What should I bring?
I get asked this question so much I created a Travel Essentials Shop with all my favorite things I don’t leave home without! Keep in mind that these items change based on the location and weather of your trip. You can access it here.
How can you afford to travel so much?
In my experience, it comes down to prioritizing and finding a balance. Travel does not have to be ridiculously expensive [unless of course, you want it to be] or something that only ‘rich’ people can do.
One of the most important things I like to point out to future or even current world travelers is that there is a HUGE amount of research that goes into any trip I take. This does not only include tours or attractions, but revolves heavily around finding the most cost effective ways to see everything I want to see while keeping to my budget.
In terms of funding, I break up my year into a series of work months and trip months with some overlap in between. What this means is that as a freelancer, I have set projects that don’t change on a yearly basis. These are my large, more steady sources of income during the year. In between that, I take on smaller projects to fill in the gaps, these are usually things I can work on remotely and from anywhere in the world. I look at my schedule and decide on the best time to go on my worldly expeditions based on dates and projects that need to be completed in a particular place. This is the tricky part as my trips usually last months at a time.
Being a freelancer has its pros and cons. Unlike full time jobs, I am never guaranteed a steady paycheck. This makes budgeting a bit more challenging, though most months, I try to see it as an opportunity to think outside the box.
However, my favorite part about freelancing is that I can take all the vacation days I want – and often do – though this is where budgeting and planning is most important.
How do you travel by yourself?
Solo travel is not for everyone, though it is something I recommend everyone try at least once in their life before deciding it’s not for them.
Most people my father at the front of this argument will say traveling alone isn’t safe – especially for women. And while I will agree that some countries in particular are not safe for solo travelers – especially women – I can’t live a life dictated by fear.
Sadly, we live in a world where people are no longer safe going to clubs or concerts or even kids going to school – and these are all things that have been happening here in our own country. The bottom line is, the unexpected can happen to you anywhere in the world.
This doesn’t mean I purposely put myself in danger. I am not interested in that. What it means instead is that you have to be smart. Be aware of your surroundings, don’t put yourself in situations where people can take advantage of you, don’t share too much information and most importantly – LISTEN TO YOUR GUT.
As with everything, traveling alone has its ups and downs. Though totally cliche, I think you truly do get to know yourself on a whole new level. You have to learn to be comfortable with yourself, with silence, with doing things by yourself that you would never normally do. You also learn to accept new cultures and reach outside comfort zones and language barriers. You meet new people who all have a story to tell and you get to tell them yours too.
It’s a humbling, nerve-wrecking, scary, exhilarating, exciting, unique experience in each new place I visit.
I can’t imagine traveling any other way.
What type of work do you do as a freelancer?
Technically, I have a degree in business marketing though I’ve had a passion for the creative my whole life. Starting out in retail while in college cemented my love for fashion while giving me vast experience in merchandising, e-commerce styling, in-store visuals and commercialized business.
Through internships, volunteering and eventually working in the fashion corporate world, I was able to become an event production professional.
As a freelancer, I offer different services within the experience I have had over the past 15 years, including: event production, personal and editorial styling, interior home design, visual merchandising, social media strategy & web design and marketing/creative services.
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