I spent the last five months on a life-changing trip exploring and living in different cities. This was only possible because I was still working while traveling.
How It All Began 💭
When my lease in SF ended this past March, I thought at the time (because I was still at my previous job) that I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel and live somewhere new. I had lived in California my whole life, so I challenged myself to go on a solo road trip for the first time and see what I learned along the way.
Having lived in the Bay Area for the last 6 years, I wanted to visit places that were closer to nature, which is why I chose Colorado Springs and Zion National Park. For housing, I rented month-long Airbnbs (for the discount) in each city. After mapping out my route, booking my hotels for the drive, and arranging to have my items put in storage, I packed up my minivan and off I went!
🚗 San Francisco, CA
🚙 Colorado Springs, CO
🚗 Glenwood Springs, CO
🚙 Cedar City, UT (Zion)
🚗 Las Vegas, NV
🚙 San Diego, CA
🚗 Los Angeles, CA
My route took me through five different states that all had very different landscapes and climates - it was snowing in Wyoming and Colorado! It was an eye-opening drive as I was able to stop at multiple cities throughout the different states. One fun fact is that in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado you only drive in the right lane and use the left lane for passing. In total, I drove over 7,000 miles on this trip!
Work-Life Balance ⚖️
During the work week, I didn't do a whole lot after work except drive around the immediate area. However, on weekends I would take the opportunity to go on a different hike each day (some that were in different cities) and try out some local restaurants. Because I was staying in each spot for so long, it allowed me to leisurely explore the area as opposed to a hasty weekend trip where you try to cram in as much as you can and end up exhausted. It was the breath of fresh air that I needed and I actually felt a change in my overall disposition. There were a lot of great memories made on this trip and a lot of firsts - first time traveling alone, living alone, and even my first snowfall!
Life Lessons Learned 📝
Things rarely go as planned and there were many mishaps along the way. I had to make sure to keep an open-mind and just go with the flow. This whole trip was pretty spontaneous - outside of booking the Airbnb's I didn't really have anything planned, and I'm glad that I didn't. Each day was a new adventure and everyday my mentality was, "let's see where the day takes us". My goal for this trip was to learn more about myself, learn more about the world, and improve my mental health and I was able to accomplish all three of those things.
Reconnecting With Loved Ones 🤗
After my solo road trip ended, I went to San Diego to visit some high school friends that I hadn't seen in a long time. Since graduating high school, I was only able to see them about once a year and naturally we had drifted apart. However, because I was now fully remote, I was able to stay for an extended period of time. We all had work during the day but at night and on weekends we'd cook together, play board games, and just relax.
Not only was I able to spend more time with my friends, but I was also able to spend more time with my sister who lives in Los Angeles. We hadn't lived together for 10 years and only saw each other during the holidays, even though we were really close. Living together brought us even closer and led to the life changing decision to move back down to Southern California!
This was such an amazing and life-changing trip and I'm so grateful that I was able to do it because I work from home! The great thing is that I can do more trips like this now that I'm here at Pragli and we're fully remote. Being fully remote gives you so many more opportunities to travel, visit friends and family, and try new things. If you're also working from home and able to, I would highly recommend you go on your own adventure! Go visit a friend you haven't seen in a while, or family members that live across the country, or even just a neighboring city. You really can work from anywhere.
If you have questions about how to plan a trip like this or want to learn more about mine, feel free to reach out at [email protected] 😊
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