Up & Away with Erica Smith: Leaving A Life She Loved To Plunge Into the Unknown

Up & Away with Erica Smith: Leaving A Life She Loved To Plunge Into the Unknown

We've all read the stories:

"I hated the 9-5 grind and my monotonous day-to-day routine, so I quit my job and took off for a life around the world." But what about those who actually love their job and their deluxe downtown life? When the nomadic impulse calls and the desire forms to seek more oomph out of your existence -- do you pursue this peculiar plea, or do you ignore it and settle for the occasional vacation as long as you otherwise get to live a fabulous life? 

Sometimes that internal calling rings so loudly that you see no other option but to answer it. 'FREE YOURSELF. JUST GO FOR IT.' 

Erica Smith is one brave lady who answered. She's currently gallivanting the globe with her husband, Corey, while they both hone in on/develop skillsets that will allow them permanent location-independence.

8 Months in Thailand Roundup - KrissKrossing Southeast Asia

8 Months in Thailand Roundup - KrissKrossing Southeast Asia

I moved to Thailand last August without knowing a soul in Chiang Mai and with only a hint of a plan as to what exactly I'd do for the ~6 months I'd be there. My goal was to learn as much as I could - both technical skills and lifestyle tidbits - about creating an online-centered career, while taking the opportunity to travel around Thailand and Southeast Asia while based there. I wanted to live out my dreams, even if temporarily, of living in a completely different country. 

8 months and a 29 hour flight later, I'm back in the US after the whirlwind of a journey hoping I can adequately process all that I've experienced, learn, and seen. What a chapter!

Blissing Out in Bali: Pondok Wahyu Villa - Ubud

Blissing Out in Bali: Pondok Wahyu Villa - Ubud

Indonesia ... by accident?

I was hoping I’d make it there at some point during my time living in Southeast Asia. In fact, Bali had been in the back of my mind as the place I’d possibly move to after 6 months in Thailand, or whenever Thai immigration stopped letting me re-enter their country when my visas would expire.

Did I know anything about Bali? Other than what I’d seen half-paying attention to Eat, Pray, Love...no. I just knew it was beautiful. I knew it was a life-changing destination for some. I somehow knew experiencing this little stand-out Indonesian island would just feel good for the soul.

What a Perfect Chiang Mai Day + Some of My CM Favorites

What a Perfect Chiang Mai Day + Some of My CM Favorites

Since I’ve left home to live in Thailand and travel Southeast Asia 7 months ago (woooow time flies), there have been several days I’ve reflected on in appreciation and even a bit of incredulity because they were so incredibly blissful.

 

If you were to ask me what my perfect day looks like, there’s no way I’d be able to narrow down all the things I dream about making happen into just 24 hours. But when a day spent in the company of genuine people, with beautiful sights, adventures, laughter & meaningful conversation materializes -- I realize the elusive idea of perfection is actually attainable.

Eat, Pray, Love: The Italian Way

Eat, Pray, Love: The Italian Way

Back in 2011, Kristen convinced me to do a study abroad trip through the University of Maryland to Italy. Of course, I couldn’t turn that down. 4 years later, I decided to enjoy Italy again, but in a different climate. My line-sister Ayana and I traveled to Italy to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. Here are some tips and suggestions as experienced during my recent 2 week holiday jaunt in Italia!

A guest post by Tamika F.

If you haven’t seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love, I would highly recommend it. Since I loved the movie so much, I made my entire Italy trip and experience into an Eat, Pray, Love journey (well, something like that -- I mostly just did the eat part).