Latest Update – October 2019
So much has happened in the last 3 years up till now. Yup! It’s been 3 YEARS! Since I really last posted a decent story.
2 Trips to Jamaica, Thailand, Uruguay, Argentina, as well as in the U.S. visiting the beautiful states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, Illinois and the Florida Keys.
A new relationship and travel partner began nearly 5 years ago and it’s already been 2 years since we moved in together!
In all this time I’ve only really written 2 new posts. I’ve been working hard on my e-commerce stores, picking up odd jobs and even driving Lyft for extra cash.
In the last few months, my main focus has been studying to rebuild my skill set and return to my old career.
The struggle is real but the benefit is I’ve learned so much.
New friends, new opportunities, entrepreneurial as well as spiritual growth have all been a major part of my journey.
See my post on Why I Quit Travel Blogging for a little overview into what has been happening in the past year.
Until then, get the gist of who I am below and in the posts I’ve written so far. I promise, there is much, much, more to come!
Check back often for more content based on my experiences living in SE Asia.
Welcome and thanks for visiting my website. My friends and family call me Brian, but many of my colleagues in business also know me as Hayden. I know it’s confusing, but I wanted to clarify.
I love to travel but I don’t mean like a regular vacation trip, don’t get it twisted, that’s fun too!
I am talking more about finding more time to really immerse myself in other cultures and open up my mind to experiencing what that country really has to offer.
Throughout the majority of my career life after college, long-term travel was more of a dream than a reality. Up until recently, the only other countries where I’ve spent more than a month would be Jamaica and London.
My parents were born and raised in Jamaica, but I was born here in the U.S. So, I’ve been traveling back and forth to Jamaica since before I was born, literally. Many times I was sent alone for the summer to stay with family and I think that is part of the reason why, I still enjoy traveling so much!
After 25 years of working in the US and years of schooling and the debt that goes with it, I found myself wondering if I could continue for the next 30 years doing the same thing. Only taking a 1 week vacation maybe twice a year, one usually at Christmas time.
Whenever I’ve traveled, I’ve always met people from other countries with 1-2 month holidays or even longer! These were not always wealthy people either. It took me a long time to realize that it was only because they lived a different lifestyle, where their priorities were much different than mine.
So many years have passed and my only significant memories aside from the many weddings, and newborn babies of friends and family, are the vacations traveling with friends and family, maybe once a year, so….
What happened to the last 20 years?!
Mostly “work” a few memorable moments with family/friends and a few of those long holiday weekends there never seems to be enough of.
In 2013, after a whole year of selling most of my belongings, paying off debts, saving and planning, I quit my I.T. job and moved to Thailand.
My intention was to experience a new life outside of my comfort zone, create more opportunities for traveling and life-changing experiences.
In my blog posts I provide tips and advice in regards to living, working and traveling abroad. I share the things that inspire me and I also share the ups and downs that come with acclimating to a different culture and pursuing this location independent lifestyle.
Thailand is only the beginning and I plan to visit many other countries in the years to come.
I hope I can inspire you to get out, do more and see more even if it’s a place in your hometown that you’ve never seen before.
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One -Away was created on April 26, 2013.