If you’re anything like me, you don’t believe in living life on someone else’s terms. You don’t believe you were born to build somebody else’s dream, pay your bills and die.
You believe in making the most of every opportunity, every day, and living the life you want to live.
But opportunities to do that don’t always just jump out and present themselves, do they? (Hint: they never do.) They have to be created.
I’m Jeremy, and I built TravelFreak as a way to connect and reach people who reject the status quo. I believe that there isn’t just one way to live your life. There are an infinite number of ways to lead a fulfilling life—you just need to create them.
Whether you want to work abroad and travel forever, become a digital nomad, or simply travel more often and live a life that you’re more passionate about, you’re in the right place.
I’m here because I want to help you manifest your dreams of traveling the world and help to push you to both the far reaches of the globe as well as your comfort zone. Because it’s there—when you’re the least comfortable—that remarkable transformations start to take shape within.
…and everything in between to help you plan and get ready for your adventure. The rest, however, is up to you.
How My Life of Travel Began
Graduating from college in 2009 on the five-year plan—and into the middle of a recession—you could say I had very little in the way of options.
Nonetheless, I consider myself one of the lucky ones.
Soon after graduating and coming to grips with my reality, I realized that, if I wanted to live any kind of extraordinary life, I was going to have to do something different.
If the United States was having an economic crisis, wouldn’t it make sense to go somewhere that wasn’t?
With less than a year in the professional workforce under my belt and measly excuse for a savings in my bank account, I bought a one-way ticket to Australia.
And ever since then, I’ve never looked back.
My journey started with a two-month jaunt up the east coast of Australia, which left me fulfilled, intoxicated by life, and completely, utterly broke.
I wanted to travel forever—or at least for as long as I could. So I picked up a job at a local nightclub and started saving some cash. Along the way, I realized that, if I played my cards right, I’d never have to work another desk job in my life. I could pick up travel jobs and work and travel at the same time!
For the next five years, I traveled the world as a bartender, working in some of the best craft cocktail bars around the world. Eventually, in 2015, I made the shift to a full-time digital nomad and online entrepreneur.
Since then my travel advice has been featured by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Forbes, National Geographic, INSIDER, BuzzFeed, The Boston Globe, USA Today, and more. I’ve also helped people from all over the world recognize their dreams and help them come true.
Recognizing that TravelFreak has become a platform that literally changes lives, I’ve made it my mission to help as many people as possible. That includes you.
I’ve tried every travel hack, tested every backpack, and made every mistake out there (it’s my preferred method of learning). And alongside my trusted team of extraordinary travelers, adventurers, and life-livers, we’re sharing every piece of knowledge we can about how to handle your next adventure like a pro.
No, you don’t have to quit your job to live a more passionate and fulfilling life (but you can if you want to!). You can still maintain your home life and a life of travel—you just have to want it bad enough to create it.
And what’s more, it’s probably a lot easier done than you realize.
Sure, it’s going to take some risk and you might have to pick up a few new skills along the way. But, as human beings, I truly believe that we are intelligent and resourceful enough to manifest anything in the world we truly desire.
Over the past ten years, I’ve created a lifestyle for myself which suits my strengths while giving me the creativity and freedom to do and roam as I please.