My name is Jamie, I’m a Singapore-born Canadian and I’ve been a nomad for nine years and counting. I graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2007 with a degree in psychology. I had every intention of continuing onto graduate school, but that summer I hopped a train to San Francisco with a friend, and I was irrevocably hooked. I’ve been either traveling or planning to travel ever since.

My first big, solo trip was backpacking through South America for five months. It’s true that your first big trip is like your first love; intense and indelible. I will always carry South America in my heart. It’s where I learned that I can make my life into anything and everything I want it to be. Solo travel is scary, at first, because you’re all alone and everything is up to you, but that’s also why it’s amazing. And, as I quickly learned, solo travel is only leaving home your own; you’re never really alone on the road.

A couple years later, I downsized in a big way: I packed up or got rid of most of my extraneous stuff and pared my life down to the essentials. I then spent two years working and traveling through Australia and South East Asia. It was the most cathartic, freeing thing I’ve ever done. Every thing I need fits into a backpack. I am like a turtle now; I carry my life on my back.

Along the way, I’ve held all sorts of jobs, from administrative office work, to organic sheep and dairy farming, to working at a remote retail shop in the Australian outback, to teaching English.

I’ve recently upgraded to digital nomad – I’m working remotely and living, for now, in New Zealand.

Get in Touch

I’d love to hear about you and your travels!

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Isla del Sol


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    • Thanks 🙂 I work in between trips and work along the way too — I taught English in Taiwan, got the working holiday visa for Australia and worked my way across the country; I got another working visa for the UK for my upcoming trip. Things like WWOOFing, and other types of volunteering, couch surfing and working for accommodation at hostels/hotels really help to save money, too.


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