I quit my corporate IT job in 2006 and said goodbye to my cubicle, meetings, and New York City. My original intention was to simply take a career break and come back after a year and determine next steps. I traveled around the world to 23 countries, finding a new exciting world outside of my office walls. My eyes were opened to possibilities and the beauty of simplicity; I didn’t want to go back to my old corporate existence. Instead I sold my possessions and relocated to Vietnam for one year in order to keep traveling. To make money I taught ESL, sold photography, and started really working at building a blogging and writing presence. Since leaving Vietnam in 2009, I have stayed on the road and have built up the Ottsworld travel blog, built a freelance writing/photography career, do public speaking, consult/participate on social media marketing campaigns. I spent 11 years nomadic living out of a suitcase and experiencing the world through housesitting, volunteering, and writing assignments. In 2017 I finally settled into a home again in Denver - but still travel 50% of the time blogging and doing photography!