Step Away from the Office with Rebecca Pattee

Rebecca Pattee of the blog Away From The Office knows a thing or two about travel.

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Rebecca Pattee on Ireland’s rocky coast. Photo by Rebecca Pattee

Rebecca has been to 18 countries to date, including Jordan, Belize, and Peru (where she was brave enough to try guinea pig.)

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Roasted guinea pig, or cuy, served street-food-style in a paper wrapper. Photo by Rebecca Pattee

Now that’s what we call living like the locals!

Her beautiful travel photos have attracted thousands of fans, who appreciate her stories of far-away lands. So we had a few more questions for Rebecca, who graciously shared with us some more travel goodness.

Trover: Where are you from, and what are some of your favorite things to do?

Rebecca: I’m originally from St. Augustine, Florida (the oldest city in the U.S.) but have lived in the Seattle area for over 10 years. Aside from traveling, I love running, hiking, photography and spending time with my two cats, Mango and Coconut. I also have a slight obsession with buying new luggage and earning frequent flyer miles.

Trover: What inspired you to travel?

Rebecca: My family rarely traveled when I was little. When we did travel, it was usually a trip in the RV to Disney World or to visit family in Virginia.

I knew from a young age that I wanted to explore the world, so I collected postcards and would spend hours poring over encyclopedias and world maps. In college, I turned down study abroad opportunities so I could graduate early and enter the corporate world. I knew I’d be able to travel at some point in the future, perhaps after I established my career.

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Horseback riding in Killarney National Park, Ireland. Photo by Rebecca Pattee

Two years after graduating college, my mother and father passed away very unexpectedly. My mom had always wanted to visit Jamaica, Amsterdam and a few other places, but always told me that she’d “go next year.” There was always a reason to put off the trip, from family to financial obligations. She passed away without seeing the world, since she always put everyone else’s needs above her own.

Her death made me realize that life is often cut short and I should prioritize the things that are important to me. That same year, I booked a two-week trip to volunteer in an orphanage in Peru with my 16-year old sister. Since the trip to Peru, I’ve visited over 18 countries including Jordan, Bali, Guatemala, Belize, and Hungary.

Trover: Traveling can be costly. What’s your trick?

Rebecca: I set up a savings account devoted entirely to travel and funds are automatically deposited into that account from each paycheck. If I have extra money available in my checking account at the end of the month, I transfer it to my travel fund.

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Multi-colored umbrellas dot the sky above local shops in Aqaba, Jordan. Photo by Rebecca Pattee

I would encourage everyone: make travel a priority in your life, even if you can’t do it full-time. If you travel frequently for work, can you add a couple of extra personal days to the end of the trip? Does your company offer a remote work option? Does your company have a generous or flexible vacation policy?

Find ways to get out there and explore, even if you have a day job.

We couldn’t agree more, Rebecca.

If you’re digging Rebecca’s inspired travel life, follow her on Trover for daily inspiration.