About me

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2007, I hit the open road and headed to South America. I didn’t have a specific agenda or goal – just to travel abroad, see some interesting places and try not to get robbed. I didn’t realize until then that I wanted to live overseas, but by doing something that I found meaningful. I didn’t blog or write about it, and I don’t intend on writing about why you should go travel abroad or advocate doing anything more than sitting on your couch. I think you should do what you want to do in life, and try to make that work for you.

After the recession hit in 2008 I was at a crossroads. I had graduated school with the typical guidance a young American gets “Go to the best school possible, get the best job possible that makes the most money, and then get a huge untenable mortgage and live the American dream”. But what is that dream? How can you decide what you want to do if you haven’t had the experience yet to know what would make you fulfilled? From Hallmark, from University, from your parents who grew up in a different time with different expectations with different opportunities presented to them?

I had been on the road for over a year and had finally taken the plunge to solve these tough life questions by starting a youth hostel in Cali, Colombia, when I woke up to find Lehman Brothers and AIG go belly up. And as they went belly up, so did the economy, my little capital and my dream of living overseas. But like our forefathers before us, when times get tough, you can sit around and play spread around the blame, or you can man up and make shit happen. I try to live by the latter.

Where to begin though? How do I make money for travel and live overseas? Like most people, I looked to big brother Google for the answer. And all I got was a pile of vague websites built for SEO clicks, sites riddled with Adsense with no valuable information, or websites trying to sell me Cialis. Online job boards faired slightly better with the promise of shoveling sheep shit in Kazakhstan, volunteering to save the turtles for the “course fee” of $3623, or offering cheap Cialis.  However, I didn’t want sell my kidneys to save a turtle, become an indentured slave who pays to make photocopies, or sit hunched over a computer screen in paradise praying I could make a buck before adult onset spinabifida kicks in. These options didn’t seem to help me with my two goals: How do I live overseas and what do I want to do in my life?

Desperate, I did what one has to do if they really want something: hustle. Ergo, the intent of this blog is 4-fold.

  1. To find my muse (gainful employment)
  2. To travel abroad & live overseas
  3. To fund these escapades by doing interesting travel jobs abroad and chronicling what happens when you give the road map the finger
  4. To show other people travel job opportunities abroad so that they too can give the road map the finger

Thanks for joining me on my path towards enlightenment, or possibly complete self-destruction.

Comments 47

  1. Nice intro, you’ve definitely peaked my interest. But I’m curious, why 80 jobs? Why not really ‘go for it’ and do 100?

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  2. Hello,
    I was wondering if your travels will take you to Israel? I know some bulldozers.
    If interested, please email me with subject line “Bulldozing=the future.”
    Looking forward to dozing with you.
    D. Sacks Esq.

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  3. Turner, you are awesome! I always knew you would do something out of the box and enjoy life to the fullest…I will definately be following your blog (I might have to live my “travel” life vicariously through you). 🙂

  4. Turner, you are awesome! I always knew you would do something out of the box and enjoy life to the fullest…I will definately be following your blog (I might have to live my “travel” life vicariously through you). 🙂

  5. Well helloo again 😀 … 😀 So, I read 2 first sentences and I was like…OK! 😀 … you know what I mean 🙂 (Little hint: The Bar With No Name )

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  18. I understand I am coming in after two very random, sketchy comments about the price of posts on your website, and besides that it is 2019 and I am leaving a reply on your blog post instead of following you on insta (which I might do as soon as I finish typing this). Oh and you haven’t responded the last comments from 2012. Well, here goes nothing! I don’t even remember how I got here – but this is how I always find the best content online – but your writing, witty, quasi sarcastic and ironic, totally got me! I was laughing, amused, and wanting to read more. If I could invite you for a beer to hear more about this life you’re living, I would! I don’t know what you believe in, but I am one of these silly people who think everything happens for a reason and trust their gut feeling more than anything. I am planning on starting to travel next year, in April, after leaving overseas (in the US!) for seven years. I felt stuck. So I decided to leave the American dream behind, regroup in motherland and travel. When I saw your face, I had this feeling we might cross paths somehow… Go figure, I might be delusional (except I wasn’t when I bought a raffle ticket the other day and just knew I’d win when I read the number….). So Turner, not Tyler, thanks for giving me interesting, pleasant — and useful — travel content to read. I might see you somewhere, someday. Hope you read this. xx

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