ABOUT AMY

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Hey there! I’m Amy and I’m the author of Travel with a 9 to 5, where I focus on sharing practical information, tips, and strategies for making travel a part of life for the everyday 9-5 worker. In the real world, I’m a 30-something from Upstate New York with a healthy wanderlust and passion for adventure. I live to travel and experience everything the world has to offer but, like most, I have to balance that passion with the realities of a 9-5 job: limited vacation, limited budget, and limited flexibility. As with many people, I used to make excuses for my lack of truly living life and subscribed to the common belief that becoming complacent and settling down into a life of normalcy could be fulfilling. But it wasn’t.

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I was lucky enough to be raised by a family of travelers. Beginning in my early years, my family took trips all around the United States and parts of Canada. Before I left elementary school, I had hiked through Yellowstone, hula’ed in Hawaii, and visited Disney World more times than is probably healthy. I had a very lucky childhood. My first trip abroad (other than Canada, which is only about an hour away from home) was to Cancun, Mexico my senior year in high school and I haven’t stopped wandering since then.

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My typical travel habits consist of some variation of: wander, climb, drink, think, repeat. I love just soaking in the culture of a new city or area. My favorite moments usually involve a pub, some beer, and a friendly local or two. Tourist attractions have their place, and I dislike travelers who push them aside as worthless, but my favorite aspects of travel are those that can’t be ticked off in boxes. I love feeling the connection with local cultures, being wowed by the view or architecture of somewhere I’ve never been before, or just losing myself in a new place. To me, there’s nothing better.

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In my day to day life, I work a desk job at a private, elite university and spend a lot of time hanging with my dog, Homer. My life revolves around the 9-5 (which is actually more like 7:30-5:30) grind, savoring the weekends and few and far between vacations. Working a 9-5 forces me to hoard my vacation days and think carefully about optimizing my time away. I tend to make the most of long weekend getaways, saving longer trips for the summer months when things are quieter at work. Although I’m a fan of slow travel, I’d never say no to a long weekend in Paris or a day trip to New York. I see the value in all travel experiences.

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In the past couple of years, I’ve begun to dabble more and more in the world of travel hacking: using points and miles to travel the world for low cost or even free. It’s been amazing what I’ve been able to accomplish with points and miles in a short amount of time. Even with a modest salary, I’ve been able to fly first class to Europe, stay in 5-star resorts, and take my family on a cruise for a fraction of the cost.

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I hope to show people how they can still manage travel with a constraints of a 9-5, while sharing some of my travel adventures and helping guide people on their own.

Cheers!

 

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