I decided to shed some light on why I travel and how am I able to do it all year round. I am not a travel blogger, nor a life coach, nor an expert in online trading but I do have a couple of cool services to offer as well.
I took off with my backpack, laptop and no return ticket on a warm April evening, last year. I celebrated my birthday and departure with my friends, took my not so easy goodbyes and poof! But before this extraordinary adventure started, I had a life and it was interesting and quite challenging most of the time.
I moved from a super small town in Transylvania, just after celebrating graduation, camping on the lake with a few school mates full of dreams (all of them came out right, oddly enough), to Carrara, a town in Italy famous for its marble and… marble. I swapped this town for a few other places but lived in Tuscany for all of the following Italian years. This land taught me that good food, culture and the beauty of nature are three things that you should never compromise on. Nor should you lack any in your life.
I must admit I had a peculiar adolescence, surrounded by both ignorance and wisdom. A small town’s charm. Luckily, the wisdom road presented more adventures and infinite possibilities, so my friends and I embarked on it with a caravan full of books, good music, profound spirits, unconditional love and a terrible ache for self-awareness. This middle of nowhere has been propitious for many seekers of higher education and wise worldly deeds, somehow. But it’s no secret that most Romanians are awesome. And modest. When needed.
*if you are not really sure what a good friend is, move to Romania and make one.
Anyway, the hunger for the unknown hit me in the face with the reality of bureaucracy, political relationships and loads of papers. What should have been my first year of university in Pisa became 365 days spent at two different jobs, keeping company to an old grumpy lady and assisting an office assistant for a small spare parts office, as fascinating as that could be, while all my friends were partying wild back in Romania, in their first year of college. I guess I should have realised then, that jobs and productiveness in Italy are simply two aspects that will never work – literally.
Tough times, but the next years were quite fun in between university and clubbing, during and after serving people with drinks. It’s still called clubbing, at least after a certain hour. University sounded good on paper and the waitress job landed me a handful of amazing people and some crazy memories, that I will never forget.
After the rebel years, I started working in administration for various companies ranging from travel agencies to real estate and tv broadcasting. Low pay, almost nonexistent rights and tons of frustration. However, I gained a lot of experience and made friendships that I am sure will last a lifetime. These years surely strengthened my character and will never cease to remind me how grateful I need to feel about my professional situation right now.
In fact, by the time I got to Sweden, I was pretty bummed but thanks to my friends and my family’s contagious spirits and constant encouragement, I began to work as a freelancer and sometime after, started my own business.
To make it short, I lived my first nineteen years in Romania and the following fourteen in Italy and Sweden. Those years, I travelled traditionally, just as any working class hero, on holidays and with what was left after rent and bills but I got to see plenty and had loads of fun, either way. Nowadays, if you count the waking hours, I guess you could say I travel full time. I return to Sweden each time my heart (and accountant) desires but my place is Everywhere. In the World Wide World.
So, if you have made it this far with the reading, you are probably one of those people that doesn’t stalk social media profiles in depth but prefer to ask me directly what kind of job I have, either out of sheer or malevolent curiosity. I like both and cannot satisfy either but I am grateful for the attention, hence this post.
So my company, Geocare offers multilingual customer support to small to medium sized companies around the world. Everything is done remotely with a team of amazing freelancers based in Europe and with my own two hands – fingers. We have a tiny adaptable call centre that can match all our customers’ needs, but we also offer chat and email support, as well as translations, research, data entry and content writing.
If you need help with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be happy to discuss any new ideas or existing projects.
If you would like to work for Geocare, we are always looking for passionate and honest people with the above skills.
This means that as long as I have good internet connection, the same strong determination to deliver optimal results and clients that understand and appreciate the value of my work, it doesn’t really matter where I live and how often I switch countries.
I have always wanted to see the world but didn’t want to sacrifice my career for it and there is nothing I hate more than putting life and dreams on hold. I can finally do both and I confess that I have never been as peaceful and productive as I am now. I don’t mind working on weekends, late at night or early in the morning. Just as I don’t mind visiting eleven countries in six months. Everything I do, is made with love because I am happy. As simple as that.
I can only hope that it will last a long time. If it doesn’t, I would have still made it. I cannot begin to tell you how vital this feeling is. But I do recommend getting there at some point, no matter how long it takes.