Hello readers! I'm Jason, born and raised in SoCal. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. double major in Economics/Mathematics & Statistics. I currently work for a consulting firm in San Francisco under their technology consulting practice. I'm new to the Bay Area, so I welcome any recommendations!
When I was little, my interests included playing with toy cars, being an expert in Mario Kart, an avid Pokemon game player, and reading lots and lots of books. Some of that hasn't changed in the present day!
Today, my passions include traveling (obviously), writing this blog (also a given), swimming endless laps at the pool, photographing nature and people, watching TV shows, and reading on the beach. You may see me trying to find new restaurants or earning some money here and there to fuel my travel addiction!
How did this travel obsession materialize?
My hunger for travel grew exponentially when I started the next phase of my life (college) at UCSB. I've lived in SoCal my whole life and I wanted a change. I always fantasized about moving far away from everyone I knew and starting fresh (weird, I know). The world is so big and has so much to offer, and I wanted to see that for myself. However, this travel addiction simply exploded when I attended a summer abroad program at the London School of Economics.
Even though I was only there for a month and a half, the whole experience was life-changing. I had the chance to travel to other countries with new friends and explore London by myself whenever I wasn't studying. I loved spending my free time just wandering around the city and leaving it all up to chance. Study abroad completely changed my perspective. It allowed me to discover myself and figure out what I wanted from life (cliche, I know). My travels have made me who I am today. For this reason, London will always hold a special place in my heart.
After the program, I instantly started to plan a trip back to London. I was addicted to traveling and could not get enough. Ever since then, I visit London at least once every year as it's basically a tradition. Now, I was motivated to earn money to travel to new places. Once I mastered and perfected the fine art of traveling on a budget, the rest is history - life would never be the same.
How does the traveling actually happen?
Over the past few years, I've learned so much about the aviation industry, airline price points, master packing/safety tips, and destination research, etc. I pretty much know the average price of how much it costs to go from one place to another place in the world, so it's easy to know if what I'm seeing is a good deal.
I always traveled on a budget because I needed to make my money last. I've walked miles on end, sat in 12+ hour buses, slept in airports, starved myself (unintentionally), etc. all for the sake of saving money. This has allowed me to travel around the world on a very low budget - but it's not for everyone. Sometimes, you have to pick and choose your battles, and endure weird situations in exchange for convenience. But, I wouldn't have had it any other way and I'm glad I travel the way I do.