What is Ottsworld?
It’s my travel blog journey from from traditional cubicle to travel writer and digital nomad. I inform and (hopefully) amuse you on the topics of Travel, Photography, and Life. If this is your first visit – I suggest you start with Start Here – it will guide you through the site and provide you some of my best and most popular blog posts.
“No one grows old by living, only by losing interest in living.”
Who is Sherry?
I am currently in my mid 40’s and have been traveling and living on the road (yes, homeless) since 2006. How did I become a digital wanderer, New Nomad, career break guru, and have the most enviable job in the world?
I quit my corporate IT job in 2006 and said goodbye to blackberries, meetings and New York City. My original intention was to simply take a career break and come back after a year and determine next steps. I traveled around the world to 23 countries, finding a new exciting world outside of my office walls. My eyes were opened to possibilities and the beauty of simplicity; I didn’t want to go back to my old corporate existence. Instead I sold my possessions and relocated to Vietnam for one year in order to keep traveling. To make money I taught ESL, sold photography, and started really working at building a blogging and writing presence, including launching my other career break travel website, Meet Plan Go!
Since leaving Vietnam in 2009, I have stayed on the road and have built up the Ottsworld travel blog, built a freelance writing/photography career, do public speaking, consult/participate on social media marketing campaigns. I continue to wander the world solo without a home – no kids, husband, boyfriend (they would all just slow me down!). I still have spent nearly a decade living out of a suitcase and experiencing the world through housesitting, volunteering, writing assignments, and anything else that sounds exciting and comes with a bed. Sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it’s not so great; it’s just my nomadic life.
“Some Stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity…” -Gilda Radner
To really see where I came from and how this really evolved – check out these popular posts
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How do I afford to travel full time?
No, I’m not rich. It’s pretty simple – I keep my expenses really low and work my ass off hustling freelance and bartering gigs most of the year. My life is simple when it comes to expenses; since I don’t have a home, I have no rental, mortgage, insurance payments. I don’t pay for electricity, water, garbage pickup, gym membership, nor do I have to buy toilet paper!
However I do have to have income coming in to support my travels and other life expenses of course! Here’s various things I do to bring in money:
- Freelance Writing
- Sell Stock Photography
- Hired for Social Media Marketing Campaigns
- Hired for speaking engagements or teaching
- Sell some advertising on my website
- Consult and run social media for small companies
And because I’m a writer and seen as a travel influencer, about 65% of my travel is sponsored/comped (you’ll see disclosures at the bottom of articles here on Ottsworld if something was comped). I get invited many places, or if there is a place I want to go, I often barter my services for it. I do whatever I can to get by. It’s not rocket science, I don’t have any ‘get rich/how to’ advice. I just love what I do and like to keep doing it. None of my income is guaranteed, all of it is unpredictable which makes life quite stressful at times, however it’s worth it to me in order to live life untethered.
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