Gabby here! 👋🏽 Check out these frequently asked questions, answered below.
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Awesome! I love to contribute bylines whenever I can (you've seen my press page, right?)
Just scroll to the bottom of this page and fill out the form, with as much information as possible.
(P.S. I prefer WhatsApp voice messages, and that is how I respond most quicky! So please include your WhatsApp phone number in the message if you need a lengthy response)
I so appreciate the invitation because I love speaking on podcasts! I will tell you that I get 10-15 podcast interview requests per day.
So in your pitch, if you can let me know:
– Thee podcasts' name, and audience stats
– It's monthly reach
– How long the interview will be
– If I need the camera on or not
I can be honest about my time availability and if I think I would be an asset on your show or not!
I do not do podcasts or interviews without pre-written questions sent at least 3 days in advance.
As a company policy, I and Packs Light do not promote products or services with which I do not have personal experience.
If you're looking to work with me in a paid capacity, check out my Work With Me page!
We are absolutely NOT looking for af.fili.ate partnerships for products or services. If I want to be an aff.ilia.te, I will reach out. All message requests will be ignored.
At this time Packs Light does not accept gue.st p.o.sts. (sorry—trying to keep the spam away!)
All emails pitching guest posts will not receive a response. Thanks for your understanding!
Starting a blog, business, or brand takes a lot of commitment. More than you can probably imagine if you’re at the idea stage.
Be prepared for lonely nights up at 4AM editing that blog or vlog and still feeling like it’s not perfect. Or, in my case, 3-hour commutes to your 9-5 job, voice noting vlog posts on the way there, and taking meetings on the way home.
You might go viral in the first 6 months, or you might build over 10 years like me. Either way, if you want it, you want it!
And remember, there’s no such thing as too saturated. Fenty lingerie launched when Victoria’s Secret was at the top of its game…
For more advice, please visit my blogging section for advice on blogging, YouTubing, and social media.
The best advice I can give you is that doing the grunt work and Googling, searching, trying, failing, and succeeding all on your own will be the best thing you’ve ever done.
If you’re at the bottom: I’m excited for you—the only way to go now is up!
Read this: How Gabby Became a Full-Time Travel Blogger
A woman, traveling solo… If only it were so simple, right?
Safe is so subjective. No one country or place can be generalized as for everyone or dangerous for everyone.
Iceland, 2016 🇮🇸 I was only 17 years old. It was not smooth sailing… 🥴 But it was the trip that changed the course of my life and I loved every difficult, awesome minute.
Start local! Book an Airbnb or space in your own city.
Then, go bigger. Somewhere 50 – 100 miles away. Maybe the next state!
Then, internationally: Iceland (anywhere!), Canada (Quebec or Toronto), and Puerto Rico (San Juan) are great starter destinations.
Here's a secret: the fear never goes away. And it shouldn't! It keeps you safe! But with practice, stories, and tips, you become an expert, and it's a lot less scary! 🥰
Luckily for you, we truly have the ultimate guide: Solo Travel As A Woman: The Ultimate Safety Guide (50+ Tips!)
This is an impossible question. Stop asking people this 😅 But I can answer…
My favorite beaches: Australia 🇦🇺
My favorite cuisine: Japan 🇯🇵
My favorite culture: Middle Eastern 🇯🇴
My favorite landscapes: Mexico 🇲🇽
I've been to 48 countries! See my Where I've Been Map – I've hit all continents except for Antarctica!
You're looking for a travel advisor or travel agent! I'm a travel influencer, sharing stories, information, and inspiration about travel. But mostly, my own!
I don't book your trips or plan individual trips. You can look through my blog posts and see (for free!) my itineraries for places like Germany, Poland, Greece, Italy, Canada, Puerto Rico, Virginia; Madison, Wisconsin; Savannah, Georgia, and more.
See the map of destination content we have, here! (coming soon)
PTO (noun): any program or opportunity that has an element of travel and is partially or completely funded, paid, or free to do. (Read more and see examples here)
A PTO is usually a one-off or one-time opportunity—if you're looking to become a digital nomad or become a travel influencer, that's different: but we have resources for you, too 😉
Do you have to be a certain citizenship to apply to job? The answer is the same here: in some cases.
Here at Packs Light, our audience is 90% U.S. citizens, so the opportunities we share cater to them. Most or all of the PTO we share will be for Americans.
But don't worry! If you're of different citizenship, you still have options:
Remember: everyone may not be eligible for every opportunity, but there are opportunities for everyone.
Very few of these opportunities are scams, actually. You're usually trading your time and your story, or the company is getting aa tax break from offering the opportunity.
Learn more in our Finding Opportunities online course!
I’m glad you like my content! Unfortunately, I get thousands of requests for this and my answer is “I can't hand you a fish. But I can teach you how to fish!”.
My best advice:
1) Stalk the PTO Start page. Seriously, it has everything you need to get started.
3) If you’re really intent on some 1-on-1 help you can book a consult call with me to look for specific opportunities and strategize.
Much love, and remember to seek risk, seize opportunity, skip debt, and see the world!
“Digital nomad” is not a certain job. It's not something you can apply to.
It’s any job that can be done remotely (from just a laptop/phone) while traveling– from virtual personal trainer to virtual English teacher, to software developer, to video editor,
Your priority is finding a country that has enough infrastructure to support…
1) consistent electricity
2) good wifi connection, and
3) preferably has a culture of digital nomad/co-working space already. 🙂
Some countries even offer digital nomad visas: passes that allow you to live there and work remotely for a limited period of time (usually 3 to 24 months) and often pay zero taxes!
Luckily we've already listed out the 30+ countries that love digital nomads and want you to visit!
For most countries, if you stay less than a taxable period of time, usually 1 to 3 months, you won’t be a burden on their economy and working remotely is not a legal offense. Once you pass that period, you’ll need to apply to a working visa, work holiday visa, or digital nomad visa.
Each country has different laws, so you’ll have to research each one. (Luckily, we’ve already done the research for you!)
After turning 26 and aging off of my parent’s insurance (🥲), I asked around. The consensus is SafetyWing for a travel health insurance that covers most of your healthcare needs in 190+ countries.
Cigna is the most popular US + international health insurance for Americans.
If you are American, healthcare in other countries is often extremely affordable by our standards, and having a sizable saving or emergency fund can often be enough for most emergency procedures.
But of course: it’s better to have travel health insurance and not use it than need it and not have it!