When I was about 12 years old….

When I was about 12 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to become a dolphin trainer and move to Spain when I grew up. Combining the two things I loved, travels and animals. Only a few months later it was time to choose a third language to study in school. No surprise there, I chose Spanish. I have always had a tough time with languages though, I guess I was more of a math smart kid. Learning languages has never come easy for me, but I was determined to learn Spanish.

At 14 it was time to start thinking about what major I wanted in high school. In Sweden you see (and some other Nordic countries at least) we choose a study field already in high school. But what you choose does not mean you will be stuck to follow that in university. Some of the options included nature, civics, economy, sports, mechanics, hotel and restaurant. For me the choice was never hard, as soon as I found out that I could apply for study field within tourism, then that was it.

At an early age, I knew that I did not only want to travel in my spare time. I also knew I wanted travels to play a bigger role in my life. I wanted to be a part of my everyday life somehow.

I started working part-time at the age of 14 and full time at the age of 19 until I decided to go into further education. From my first years of working part-time, I worked in a shop with post office, betting, tobacco and candy. It was my first job and I saved up money that I later used for two trips during my time as a high school exchange student. From the day I started working full time I always focused on jobs that relate to the tourism industry. All to strive into a career within it and I have only had one job, for one summer, which has not been tourism related.

I have now decided to bring my career, not only into the world of tourism but also on my current trip. I have worked abroad before, as a tour guide and destination manager to mention two. But during those periods the focus has always been the job itself and this time it is the other way. The travel is the focus and since the job is remote I can take it with me as I move along. All I need is my laptop and Wi-Fi. It has worked very well so far, and I hope it will continue to do so.

You can follow along on my current adventure as a freelancing traveler on Instagram!

@travelswithmk

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