Seizing Your Opportunity To Travel, Saving Money As A Solo Traveler, Lessons From A Career Break, and How To Figure Out What You Want (In 60 seconds) w/ Leslie McKellar

If a new opportunity comes your way, are you ready to take it?

When this week’s guest, professional photographer and loyal listener Leslie McKellar, was forced to move out of her apartment in 2020 because of toxic mold, she took it as an opportunity to reevaluate her trajectory. After realizing her calling to travel full-time, she set out a plan to make it happen and left for Europe in January 2022.

This week’s interview is extra special because not only was it recorded in person but I also met Leslie 8 months into her travels so she has some fantastic insights to share from her experience.

You will not want to miss what she has to say about how she budgeted for the trip, advice on how to pick the right destinations, valuable lessons from curveballs along the way, why traveling can help you reset, a 60-second challenge to help you find new adventures, and so much more.

What are your takeaways from the 60-second challenge? I’d love to hear about them and hope you will share by sending me an audio message.

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Tune In To Learn:

  • Why toxic mold was the unexpected launching point for Leslie’s travel dreams
  • What made Leslie decide to seize the opportunity to travel long term
  • Reasons why saying traveling  is like hitting a reset button
  • How it felt to finally leave on a trip that was 2 years in the making
  • The strategy Leslie used to budget and plan accommodations
  • How Leslie has navigated visas renewals during her year abroad
  • What type of unexpected challenges have arisen during Leslie’s time abroad
  • Why Leslie took climate and weather into account when seeking destinations
  • Leslie’s experience being a solo female traveler 
  • A few of Leslie’s favorite moments abroad 
  • The biggest differences between slow travel and a quick trip
  • How this journey impacted Leslie’s perspective on her career
  • Why Leslie decided to leave her photography equipment at home
  • The  biggest takeaways from nearly a year of traveling
  • Why it is a bigger risk to not seize the opportunity
  • A 60-second challenge to everyone
  • And so much more


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