Hi! My name’s Alek, and I’m a 9 to 5 Voyager. I’m a traveler who makes it work with limited time and resources. Originally from Austin, I’m currently based in the Atlanta area. I work a normal full-time job when not out exploring the world.
I want to show people in similar situations that it’s possible to travel around a full-time work schedule. I want to prove that you don’t have to be a digital nomad or independently wealthy to have amazing experiences overseas!
My first memories of travel would have to be the road trips my family would take when I was a kid. My mom, dad, sister, and I would drive out to Las Vegas and California to visit relatives, or all throughout the Midwest and Deep South just for the hell of it. 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 some Tico 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 speaking with my host family, taking buses through mist-shrouded mountains, and watching a volcano spew lava from afar.
Since my trip to Costa Rica, I have been to the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, and Belize. I have been all over the US, including Puerto Rico.
While I am grateful for each and every experience, there are also a lot of obstacles to traveling as much as I would like. Full-time jobs, limited PTO, high rents, and the infuriating realities of student loans all make international travel a challenge. Having said that, I am determined to explore the world in spite of any financial obstacles. Hence the title of my blog, 9 to 5 Voyager.
Most of my voyages so far have been solo, however, starting in 2019, I have been joined by my wonderful girlfriend Kristen.
I hope that 9 to 5 Voyager will inspire other people, in similar situations, to pursue their dreams of seeing the world beyond our borders. I am fully aware that, at the end of the day, travel is a privilege. I am also convinced that experiencing different cultures and getting to know people from other countries helps to broaden the mind, and dispel a lot of unfair generalizations perpetuated by the media.
I hope you guys are safe, and have a great time out there. Happy travels!