Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.
– Christopher Morgan
Czesc! I’m Ania (An-ya) a 27 year old Polish-American travel junkie turned nomad. I’m a graphic designer/social media manager by day and a sushi eating, wine drinking, adventure freak by night. I’ve quit my 9-5 corporate life and salary for a budget and carry-on.
I fell in love with traveling at a very young age. I was only two when my parents first put me on a flight to America and decided that we will be Americans. I spent a few summers in Poland and way too many summers going to Wisconsin Dells. We didn't grow up with a lot of money so my parents could never provide a proper family vacation. But we dealt with what we had and I am very grateful for that.
At age 12 my father ended up in a bad work accident that made him handicapped and couldn't work moving forward. As a young kid, I knew I needed to help out as much as I could and my mentality had to change. I had to grow up, and I had to grow up quickly. At age 16 I was working a nearly full-time job helping provide for my family. I graduated college with a BFA in Graphic Design at the age of 19 so I can start my career and support them.
Quickly moving up the corporate ladder my days started blending together and there was no escaping the gray walls. Days turned into years and my career blossomed but monotony became my worst enemy. I knew I needed to escape because I could never be truly happy in this environment.
I looked back at all the trips I took as a child and the local trips I took with friends growing up, I always knew there was a little travel bug in me. As I got older the camping trips I took turned into weekend trips to Florida that turned into week long trips in Mexico. I knew travel was my real passion. This is what made me happy.
The wanderlust only grew stronger and the trips with friends started becoming solo weekend trips. My friends couldn't take off work or couldn't afford to come with me but that didn't stop me. I now had a taste of the world and I wanted to see it all.
At 22 I set off on my first international solo trip. I was able to find myself and my real passions on this trip. I came back different, I was more mature, I had a different outlook on life and people, and I knew what it meant to appreciate a different culture. This trip was a domino effect and I planned an international trip every year since then.
Only 4 quick years passed and the wanderlust bug overpowered me. I came to a point in my career where I was hating corporate America and myself. I've worked 80+ hours a week and all for what? Of course, so I can save money and travel. However, it didn't make me happy. I could either look for another job or take a complete leap of faith and go off on my own.
So I booked a one-way ticket to the world, put my apartment into storage, sold my car, and took a suitcase with me. I continued with my graphic design but also started an entrepreneurial venture with beautycounter and a media company (graphic design, social media management, photography) for the travel and hospitality industry as well as this blog.
I have had the privilege to travel all over the world and have found not only myself but the true meaning of beauty through nature and other cultures. I am now a world traveler living my life to the fullest every single day and checking off some amazing adventures off my bucket list.
I hope to inspire you with this blog by my travel stories, advice, health, beauty, art, and fashion to live the life you love and live every day to the fullest. My nomadic journey started in October 2016, follow along to see my story.
xoxo Ania Travels 💜