Realizing You Lost Your Passport 24hrs Before Your International Flight…

The 24hrs before I left for Argentina were some of the most stressful of my life. After going through a 4 month process of getting my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, quitting my job at PepsiCo, and moving my stuff from Philadelphia to my parents house in North Carolina, I wasn’t sure that I was even going to make it out of the country. Before I left for Argentina, I did a 2 week road trip across country to visit my friends in Alabama, New Orleans and Dallas and I ended the trip at my parents ranch in Colorado. On the day before my flight, my friend asked if I had my passport as we were loading the car to drive to Denver. It was then that I realized that sometime during my road trip I had lost my passport. After a long drawn out process, which included overnighting my birth certification from North Carolina, I got my new passport 1hr and 30 min before my flight left! So for those of you who were wondering, it is possible to get your passport in the same day but I wouldn’t recommend it. Continue reading “Realizing You Lost Your Passport 24hrs Before Your International Flight…”

Why I gave up a $80k salary, a company car, and a 401k.

I recently decided to quit my job at PepsiCo and move to Argentina to teach English. When I tell this to people some say I’m crazy and others say it is a “Jordan” thing to do. For me, coming to this decision was something I have been dreaming of doing for a few years now. While it is a big risk to give up a stable job and move to a country with no job, no housing, and not really speaking the language, I think it is a risk well worth taking. My passions have always been traveling and helping others and I wasn’t fulfilling either of those working for a large corporation. For me, the realization that I spend most of my time and thoughts on work (whether I want to or not) made me want to do something I was passionate about. While I probably won’t teach English in a foreign country forever, I think it will help me better define what I want to do next. Let’s face it, everyone says you can travel when you are older but I say do it when you are young.  At my ripe age of 24, I have the energy to climb mountains, stay up until 4am, sleep in hostels, and take overnight buses for 16 hours to get to my destination. When you are older, traveling is a lot more expensive because you are not willing to take the not so comfortable, but cheaper, short cuts. So….why not travel the world when you are young???

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