As a child, I grew up thinking 12-hour flights were standard. My first plane ride was at eight-months old, and once a year I’d make the long trip from Pennsylvania to China to spend my summers with relatives in Shanghai. It was then I fell in love with traveling.
At 18, I took a year off from university and moved to China. I traveled around the country, fractured my foot playing an Irish sport, wrote up events for a city blog, and worked at a tech start-up in Shanghai. I fell in love with living abroad.
I’m happy to say I’ve never had the “escape the cubicle” experience. A year and a half after I returned from China, I graduated with my degree in political science. Two weeks later I left the US for good. I moved to Singapore on a whim, where I cut my teeth in social media marketing on an Asian reality television show. There I met a handsome Brit and we spent the year traveling around Southeast Asia, while I also freelanced in international sports events in Asia and Australia.
Now I’m 23, living in Paris, engaged to the Brit (who still lives 6,000 miles away in Singapore), and pursuing my dream career in international sports media. In 2012 I covered swimming and athletics at the London Olympics and spent a month in Azerbaijan for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
I pursue a life of constant expattery (let’s say that’s a real word) because I don’t want to work a job I hate to save money to travel; I’d rather make a living abroad and travel from an international base. And, well, I actually enjoyhaving a routine and pursuing my career; plus expat life allows me to form a social circle and immerse myself in a culture.
My philosophy is Travel slow, but never so slowly that you get too comfortable. I like having time to take in everything about a country, but I try not to live anywhere longer than 18 months. I also love living spontaneously — I don’t know where I’ll go next when my contract in Paris ends, and I kind of like it that way.
Lastly: I love anything Irish or related to Ireland. I picked up Gaelic football when I was in Dalian and have since played on teams in China and Paris. Irish sport: It’s a thing. *The photoblog of my China years can be found here.
Want to get in touch? I can be reached at email@example.com, or on twitter @ednacz.