Love what you do

Sail over 50 countries and visit more than 100 different ports in 4 years. How crazy does that job description sound? That’s probably why I put a #lovemyjob next to most of the Instagram photos I post.

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But first things first, let’s first explain what I am doing as a job

  1. I started working on a cruise ship as a part of Shore Excursions Department, organizing excursions and accompanying the guests on land. That’s one of the reasons why I get to go out in each port and see so much of the world.
  2. No, I did not have to have connections or know a person that knows a person to get this job. I applied, got an interview, got accepted and started working. As simple as that.
  3. Yes, it is fun, but it’s still a full-time job, 9-12 working hours/day, 7-days-a-week, 4-6 month contracts and a small cabin to share
  4. Yup, you heard it well. No days off.

But let’s be honest, I started it all with a simple wish to change the job that made me unhappy, to do something fun and at the same time earn an honest monthly salary.
Sure I was dreaming big, imagining cities like Miami, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong..  or the endless sand beaches of the Caribbean..

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The way I imagined all those exotic destinations was more like a TV-version of CSI Miami or Gossip girls sipping on a Starbucks in Upper Manhattan.. or lying on a dreamy sand beach like in a Raffaelo commercial, like something that happens only to the rich and famous.

I aint rich yet.. and with my 1.045 Instagram followers not really up in the famous line. But still.. I was there. I was there for real!

I got to sit and take in all the lights, people and sounds of Times Square in NYC.

 

I was listening to Latino beats while lying on the hot sands of the South Beach in Miami. (no Horatio, but oh well)

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And beach after beach after beach of all those Caribbean islands I got to soak in.

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And then so much more on top of it, that was not even a part of the dream, but came like a never ending adventure.

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Climbing 400 stairs up to colorful Batu caves in Malaysia..

 

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Swimming in open sea with dolphins in Mauritius

 

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Kissing a sting ray in Grand Cayman

IMG_20170110_100751Walking through the most beautiful White Mosque in Abu Dhabi

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Flying through the Costarican jungle with a zip line

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Rolling in the Gletchers of Greenland

IMG_3734malaIMG_3751Taking  a walk on Greenland

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Following Jesus’ final steps in Jerusalem

I seriously had to stop myself here because for a second there I had tears in my eyes from all the photos in my head.. But if I didn’t have real photos and videos to prove it, I wouldn’t even believe it myself. It is enough adventures for a whole lifetime, all packed within just 4 past years (and still going). My heart is bursting with joy when I get to remember those stories, so I wish to share a few.
Don’t worry, making it till the end of a text isn’t easy. I am stealing your time in a day to share my stories. Still, I hope you will enjoy them and that they make you dream a bit

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