San Francisco cable car

My name is Sara Beth Wade, and so far, I have spent my whole life in Chattanooga, TN. Until about two years ago, I have always done what I thought I was “supposed” to do with my white, upper-middle-class life: finish college, get a job, get an apartment, then assumably get married and have my 2.4 kids, dog, and a house. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

Well, it didn’t for me. I had a great job and a fantastic apartment, I was involved in lots of stuff and had tons of friends, but never really managed to find that special someone to add to my idyllic life. Turns out, Chattanooga, and Tennessee in general, is one of the worst places in the U.S. to find a date. Being an introverted Netflix-binging sometimes-hermit didn’t really help me, either.

But I plugged on with my life. What else was I going to do? I did my work, I paid my bills, I went out with friends and traveled as much as my vacation days would allow. Family trips turned into friend trips, which turned into solo trips to my favorite destinations, starting with safe places like Disney World, then branching out into random solo road trips across the country.

 I ended up buying a house on my own, but I found that once I got the basics done, I never fully decorated it to make the cozy home I had imagined. I would rather spend my money on travel–on experiencing life–not in collecting stuff.

I plugged along for years this way, when all of a sudden, the whole thing fell apart. To see more details of this part of my life, see this post. It was as if the blinders fell from my eyes, I looked around at my life and asked, “Is this what I wanted?” How many years had I wasted, trapped in an office, parked in front of a computer for other people to use? Around this time, I started two new travel podcasts which introduced me to the idea of full-time travel. There are people who travel for a living! I figured if they could make it work, so could I.

I’ve had this blog in mind for over a year. I built it in order to find my voice in the world, to create and contribute some part to it. I will document my transition from office worker to (hopefully) full-time traveler, share my experiences from the places I have been, and figure it out along the way.

If you want to start at the beginning of my journey from office worker to world traveler, start here.