The Everygirl: I Left My Life Behind to Travel: Here Are 10 Lessons I Learned as a Full-Time Nomad

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During the summer of 2014 I hopped a plane and left behind Quito, Ecuador; I had lived and taught English there for five years. Life had become a dull, dark, dreary (insert another word for depressing) hole and I was desperate to climb out. I broke up with my fiancé, left behind everything I owned except for a suitcase, and traveled around Europe. I visited lots of different countries, had crazy adventures, and met kindred spirits that will be friends for life.

I would like to say it was all a bit “Eat, Pray, Love” but some might say it was more “Bridget Jones.” Either way, I learned a number of lessons from all this traveling. For example, do not try to stay awake for 36 hours, because you will inevitably embarrass yourself by doing something stupid like trying to walk up the down escalator at the airport (true story). Also, in Ukraine, vodka is cheaper than water (also true).

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