Planning a trip does not start when you pack your bags but rather goes back months—sometimes years—to the inception of an idea and goal to see the world. Whether planning for a week trip to Colombia or a 6 month tour of Asia, people can be deterred by travel because the process of planning is often unclear and can seem overwhelming. Saving money, choosing destinations, picking accommodations and putting your home life on hold are big steps that require more than a few sentences in a travel guide, yet often travel bloggers skip over these details and rush to the destination.
Having lived in New York City for almost 5 years, I have decided to break routine and make travel a priority. My plan, dubbed The Pin the Map Project, will eventually take me from the busy streets of Manhattan to the cobblestone streets of Rome to the markets of Vietnam. With my working at advertising firms and lacking any sort of trust-fund, it is up to me to take my dream of traveling and turn it into a reality. I started The Pin the Map Project as a way to inspire readers to step outside of their comfort zones and start traveling the world–one pin at a time. Feeling that there is a gap in the travel space for transitioning from a 9-5 to globetrotter, I plan to document my journey every step of the way: from saving money, leaving my job and travel blogging.