There are different ways to travel for an extended period of time. You can save up money for a while and then quit your job like I did, travel and work various jobs along the way or find a more permanent job that involves traveling. For Alicia Taggio, she chose to quit her job at MTV Canada and leave her life in Toronto to take on a new adventure in the land down under. Throughout her journey, she wrote, photographed and filmed the stories of the people she met and the things she saw along to share with the rest of the world. Her talents and passion for travel have given her many opportunities and inspire others to drop everything, get out of their comfort zone and explore this wonderful world. You never know where it will lead you…
Who are you? How would you describe yourself?
My name is Alicia, but most people know me as @Taggio. I’m that girl that sees life from behind the lens. I am inspired by so many people and their untold stories. Apparently I’m also a half Taurus/Gemini so it’s pretty fun reading both horoscopes and picking the one I like the best.
What are you doing right now?
I’m currently the Social Media Specialist for Flight Centre Canada (I’m part of an awesome Global Team), but I also freelance in the TV industry on the side. Both jobs allow me to travel to some pretty cool destinations.
What’s the best thing about your current job?
Aside from the travel, I meet so many awesome people online everyday. Plus, I get paid to blog, tweet and edit videos all day… it’s heaven.
When did you develop the travel bug?
I’d have to say the true personal journey began during my time in Hawaii. The photo above pretty much sums up the very moment I developed the bug. It was a beautiful sunset on the North Shore of Oahu and it was such a moment of profound introspection. I knew I wanted many more of those in my life and I was determined to make it happen. Soon enough I decided to quit my job at MTV and travel to Australia for 6 months.
In what ways has your life changed since your travel in Australia?
Shortly after returning home, I jumped back into the TV world and something didn’t feel quite right. I still wanted to help produce good content, but I didn’t want to be stuck in the confines of the studio to do it. So, I started editing videos of my trip and blogging on a daily basis. Any lunch break I had or a day off from the production world, was valuable editing time for me. I started going to travel tweetups and meeting other travelers both online and offline. I also won a sweet blogging competition with The Best Travel Job Ever and scored a trip to the sunny coast of California.
Upon returning home, I started working part time as a Content Editor for MTV as well as a Social Media Consultant for Intrepid Travel. It wasn’t long before a job posting went up with Flight Centre in search of a Global Social Media team. I knew the job had my name written all over it, so I went after it.
Has traveling changed the way you look at you everyday life? The friends you make? Your career?
Absolutely. Travelling matured me in so many ways. I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff and have become really detached from material possessions; which I feel is important for North Americans to learn.
I surround myself with people who hold the same values now and it’s so refreshing to have that energy around me. This is why I love the people I work with. They are all travellers saving up for their next big trip.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to travel Australia on a budget?
Australia is best done with a friend or small group of people. I guarantee you already know someone who is currently living or travelling there, so get in touch with them and see if they would be interested in joining you for part (or the start) of your journey. The rest is easy; you’ll meet so many other travellers along the way which make things like renting a car a lot cheaper. Oh and don’t eat out everyday. The cost of living there is rather expensive and can add up quickly! Cook your own meals whenever possible. I’ve got heaps more advice on My Aussie Adventure blog if you’re seriously considering heading down under.
What’s the most important thing you have learned about yourself during your travels?
I’ve learned to be true to myself. I use to live to work, but now I work to live.
What do you think you would be doing if you didn’t quit your job at MTV to travel for a year?
Probably still working in TV and dealing with screaming 16 year old Hills fans.
Tell us about Toronto Travel Tribe. How did it get started? Where do you hope it will go?
The Travel Tribe is a monthly meetup for travel writers, bloggers, brands, startups and socially engaged travellers. We’re part of the ‘Travel Massive‘ which is a global initiative to connect people in the travel industry locally. While I was in Sydney, I attended a travel tweetup and was so inspired that I knew I wanted to start one back home. Sure enough, I met the wonderful Mariellen of Breathe Dream Go, and together we co-founded the Toronto Travel Tribe. It’s growing each and every month and it’s allowing us to do some pretty fun things. From video workshops, to local beer tours, we work with a lot of really great people to mix things up each time.
What is your personal blog about?
It’s mostly about my life behind the lens. Sometimes I like to talk about the cool shows I’m working on, or a place I’ve travelled to, or perhaps my favourite tea. It’s a bit of everything and I love it that way. It’s very me and it’s become my digital scrapbook over the years. I’ve been blogging on it for almost 7 years now and it’s fun to go back in time and see how much I’ve grown.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to travel but doesn’t think they have enough money to do so?
Think about what you can cut out in your life. Seriously. Sell your furniture, stop buying clothes you don’t need, and don’t eat/drink out all the time. I started an envelope and labelled it ‘Travel’. Every week I put something into it and made a rule that I was never allowed to take from it unless I was booking a trip. Some countries will allow you to get a working holiday visa so you can make some money while you travel. I worked on an Aussie TV show and had a blast! A great way to meet locals.
What opportunities have you been given as a result of your travel experiences?
As much as my travel experiences have helped me win competition and score sweet jobs, it’s also about the hustle. I worked my little booty off to get where I am today and it’s all about persistence. Find what you love and harness it.
To read more about Alicia and her wonderful adventures, visit her at: My Life Untethered, My Aussie Adventure Blog and Snap. Crackle. Pop Culture. You can also find her on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube.