Hi, I’m Alek, the 9 to 5 Voyager! Originally from Austin, Texas, I currently live in Richmond, Virginia.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska (Go Big Red!) and have worked in various fields such as commercial landscaping, residential appraisal, and data entry. It was not until 2019 that I realized that these were all just jobs and that my true passion lay in travel writing. 9 to 5 Voyager is my creative outlet and my way of passing on my experiences and advice to you.
What is a 9 to 5 Voyager?
A 9 to 5 Voyager is someone who travels, despite working a 9 to 5 work schedule.
During my voyages, I noticed that a lot of the other travelers I met fell into one of three groups: they came from wealthy backgrounds; they were “digital nomads” with location-independent jobs; or they were from European countries that offered incredible paid time off.
How Can This Blog Help You Travel More?
Most people I know who want to explore the world are burdened by excessive hours (sometimes much more than just 9 to 5), low pay, high debt, and minimal paid time off. It’s true that traveling can be more challenging under these conditions, but it absolutely can be done.
My goal is to show people in similar situations that it’s possible to travel around a full-time work schedule. 9 to 5 Voyager will show you how to leverage budget airlines, low-cost accommodations, travel points, and even haggling to make the most of your time and money.
My first memories of travel were of the road trips my family would take when I was a kid. We would drive out to Las Vegas and California to visit relatives, stopping at interesting places along the way. Other times we would drive throughout the Midwest and Deep South just for the hell of it. I loved the feeling of being in motion, listening to music, and watching the landscape change. To this day I still love the classic American road trip, whether solo or with friends.
My first voyage outside the US was to Costa Rica, back in 2006. My high school Spanish teacher took several of us on a three-week language immersion trip, where we stayed with Tico host families in a small village. While the language barrier was at times frustrating, and the mosquitoes were heinous even by Texas standards, it was a life-changing experience. I loved getting to know my host family, improving my Spanish, taking buses through mist-shrouded mountains, and watching a volcano spew lava from afar.
Most of my voyages so far have been solo, however, starting in 2019, I have been joined by my wonderful girlfriend Kristen.
My hope is that 9 to 5 Voyager will inspire you to pursue your dreams of seeing the world beyond our borders. At the end of the day, travel is a privilege. However, I am convinced that experiencing different cultures and getting to know people from other countries helps to broaden the mind. You will learn more about this world and more about yourself.
I hope you guys are safe and have a great time out there. Happy travels!