Two years after working for big multinational companies, then 21-year-old Aileen Adalid from the Philippines decided to quit the corporate rat race to become a “digital nomad”. Today, she gets to travel the world while living a sustainable travel lifestyle and earning $5,000 per month through her online ventures.
In an interview with Business Insider, Adalid revealed that she quit her entry-level, $300-a-month job at Deutsche Bank in 2013 and used her $600 savings to venture out away from the confines of office buildings.
As a budding traveler, she took online freelance jobs and used her slightly higher earnings to visit places she had always wanted to see.
“My pay at this point was more than double of what I earned at my office job and I was able to control my time more for working as I started to travel around more,” she said.
In 2014, Adalid relocated to Belgium and started an online retail business with her friend through Amazon called Adalid Gear, a health and outdoor accessories company. The brand has successfully taken off in Western markets with sales reaching $70,000 a month.
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She also currently runs her widely followed I Am Aileen travel and lifestyle blog. She now ranks as one of the world’s top 50 travel bloggers. With her newfound influence, she gets to enjoy perks from companies and hotels who want her endorsement. She stated, however, that she does not accept everything she is offered for free because she prefers her blog to “remain authentic, personalized, and uncluttered”.
Today, Adalid works four-hour days on her multiple ventures, allowing her more time to enjoy luxuries in different parts of the world.
For those who would like to follow her footsteps, she advised, “Being constantly on the move can ruin anyone’s focus, rhythm, and pace, but I’ve discovered that it can be easily solved by doing slow travel and finding the right balance to how you do your workflow.”
“It’s fine to take it easy at the start as you get skills and do temporary work and projects, like volunteering, but at the very core, it’s still best to work your way towards a grand goal that will give you a more stable remote profession.”