Learn how a trip to Iceland changed my life and why I quit my job as a graphic designer to travel around the world
Who is Adam Groffman?
In a few words, I’m a hipster travel blogger & one-time graphic designer. In 2010 I quit my job as a book designer in Boston, MA and set off on a trip around the world.
Over the course of 15 months I visited more than a handful of countries from Morocco to Israel, India to Vietnam. (Read my reasons for wanting to travel around the world)
Why did I set off on my trip around the world? Well, it all started with a short weekend trip to Reykjavik, Iceland in 2009…
How Iceland changed my life
In September 2009, I visited Reykjavik, Iceland with a good friend. We were only there for a 3-day weekend, but during that time, we met so many interesting people and fellow travelers that it inspired me to make up my own life plan.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel and study abroad throughout my life, and I see no reason why that should end with a full-time 9-5 job.
I started working two weeks before I had even graduated from university. Without any transition period between school and “real-life,” I spent most of my early 20s busy making a career and being responsible.
It wasn’t until I met people my same age from all over the world (doing very different things than what I was doing) that I was inspired to take some action.
It just seemed unfair to think they had all these amazing stories to tell, and here I was, beginning to feel more and more complacent in my generally comfortable life.
It was on my IcelandAir flight back from Reykjavik to Boston that I realized there’s no reason to stop traveling. I could make something work somehow whether through my job or on my own. In seat 19F, I wrote up a list of questions:
- Could I travel & not work?
- Where would I go?
- How much would it cost?
- Would I be able to live like that?
- What would I learn/do?
- When would I go?
I didn’t have all the answers (actually, I had none at that moment), but I knew they were questions I would be able to answer. Honestly, I’m surprised at how easy it was to make the decision to pick up and leave Boston without answering a single one of those questions.
Where is Adam today?
As my round-the world travels wound down (read how I spent $20,000 in over 15 months), I made a difficult decision: do I return to America and look for a job there? Or do I try my luck one more time and pursue my dream of living in Europe. I took a chance in the summer of 2011 and moved to Berlin, Germany.
When I first moved to Berlin after my trip around the world, I worked in a few different tech start-ups before ultimately going 100% freelance. Like many other Millennials, I’ve pieced together a career from my experience in design, marketing, tourism and writing.
Living in New York City
In early 2018, I moved to New York City. And while early in my time living in NYC, I was still regularly traveling around Europe and the rest of the world. But with the Covid pandemic, this blog and my life as a full-time traveler took some abrupt changes.
It wasn’t the easiest adjustment, but after years of full-time travel, I opted to re-enter the corporate & startup world with a full-time job, albeit one that allows me plenty of time to travel and experience new things.
In New York City, you’ll find me out and about trying new restaurants & bars, checking out the museums & galleries, exploring my favorite neighborhoods, and just generally trying to enjoy life and have fun—living in the moment and experiencing as much as I can from this exciting city.
How do I fund my travels?
My travels are funded a number of different ways. You’ll find banner advertisements across the site and, in the past, I work directly with tourism destinations and brands.
You’ll find that disclosed in the posts as well as within my media kit. Some links throughout the site are affiliate links, meaning that if you do book a hotel or service, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Today, I fund my travels primarily with my savings from working full-time in the publishing industry. I’ve always been a bit of a picky traveler—only interested in spending my time and money in those places I’m most interested in.
So that’s why all the hotels and restaurants I’ve reviewed on this site are ones that I personally have chosen—and if a press or PR contact has provided a discount, you’ll find that disclosed prominently within the article. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.