When I was 12 I dreamed that for my 18th birthday my friends and I would acquire a bus, refurbish it and take a 2 or 3 months long road trip across the USA. (Clearly I had been reading too many Sweet Valley High’s and Baby Sitter’s Club and was infatuated with seeing all the places I read about.)
By the time I was 16 I changed the road trip in the USA to a gap year in Europe with my best friend. To be enjoyed when we finished high school of course. I could go on with my traveling dreams but suffice it to say that I have dreamed of taking long trips all my life.
Soon after my 29th birthday I decided it was time to stop dreaming and take action. So I crunched some numbers and came to the realization that: 1- going through all my savings wouldn’t kill me 2- I could take a 6 month break in south-east Asia (the cheapest possible destination according to all my hours researching online).
But that wasn’t enough, I knew, even then, that returning home to the same routine would be devastating so I continued researching, I wanted a way to travel for ever, to fund my travels while continuing to travel… and then I discovered TEFL and it made all my dreams come true.
Nearly 7 years have passed since I stepped on that first plane with nothing but my backpack and a thirst to know the world. I have since visited 18 different countries, and lived and worked as an English teacher in three of them.
Besides the above, the fundamentals of who I am could be summarized as: the product of a Chilean father and Mozambican mother I grew up in both countries and don’t remember the first time I was on a plane. I attended international schools, which basically means I always knew there was a BIG world out there plus I have friends from all over. Consequently I’m fluent in 3 languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English) yet I don’t think any of them could be labeled my mother tongue.
The one other characteristic I believe helps to define me is that I’m an avid reader, in special circumstances aka a magnificent novel I have been known to read 500 pages in 24 hours…. in other words, given a good book and comfy spot I will forget to eat or drink, where I am, and even who I am. 🙂