In 2019 I booked a one-way ticket to Indonesia. I had been an emergency room nurse for 12 years, and I needed a break. I spent three months teaching English from my computer on a beach in Bali. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself.
I am originally from Massachusetts. I grew up in a tiny town where everyone knew you and your business. I do have to say, I love my small town. I miss all my friends and family every day, but I don’t think I will ever go back except to visit.
I have lived in Las Vegas off and on for 11 years. I tell people I moved to Vegas during my quarter-life crisis. I was 24. I realized I didn’t want to get married and have kids like the rest of my friends. I was sick of running into ex-boyfriends and the drama that came along with those types of things. I had a friend who had recently moved to Vegas dare me to come. I left Massachusetts 3 months later.
After my first year and a half in Vegas, I realized I needed to take a break (most people only last three days, so I did pretty well). I missed the snow and found a job working at a small hospital in Colorado. It was only for the ski season. Since then, I have spent most of my winters in Colorado and summers traveling and living in Vegas. I have friends who are now family and a supportive boyfriend who understands that I get restless staying in one place for too long.
I realized that being a nurse does not mean I have to be tied to one job for the rest of my life. I can travel and see the world. It is possible to take shorter contracts, work per diem, or even work from home. Then I use miles and points to travel as cheaply as I can. I also supplement my income by teaching English online while I am on the road.
I have storage units in two different states. I am continually collecting my mail and other belongings from friends I have stayed with.
Over the last 12 years, I have lived in 8 apartments, 7 houses, 3 states, 1 country, and have traveled to 32 countries.
I am a nurse and a nomad.