A 32-year-old man has been in the news as of late for how he quit his job to travel the world.
Gareth Leonard, who had a marketing job that paid $50,000 a year at age 25, decided seven years ago that he needed a change.
Despite having helped create the firm at which he worked, Leonard bought a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires, Argentina with the intention of not returning to his old job.
“I wanted to do something more with my life,” Leonard said. “There was a deep unhappiness. I wasn’t excited everyday, doing what I love, living a life filled with passion.”
Since first taking off for Buenos Aires, he’s started a blog about his worldwide travels called “Tourist2Townie.” He’s been able to exceed the salary he had with his old job with his new blogging venture.
Leonard’s initial plan, however, was just to stay in Argentina for a year, learn Spanish, and share stories with family back in the U.S. about his experiences. He worked as a bartender while abroad to help support himself.
Little did he know that he would be able to turn travel into a full-time job.
Leonard has been able to make money from his blog through social media mentions, sponsored posts, and product reviews.
Some of the brands he’s worked with include SoBe, Fruit of the Loom, and Marriott. He’s made anywhere from $100 to $20,000 promoting these— and other— brands.
Through his blog, Leonard tries to help the reader feel like they’re directly experiencing the location from which he writes.
Although he hasn’t reached the financial goals he set out when he was younger, Leonard calls doing what he does “the most exciting thing in the world.”