- A 24-year-old Filipina, Aileen Adalid, runs a $70K retail business while she pursues a globetrotting lifestyle
- Aileen quit her corporate job at the age of 21 and decided to become a “digital nomad”
- She has visited countries such as Japan, Indonesia, eastern Europe, France, Norway and plans to make Spain her next home base
Aileen Adalid, a 24-year-old entrepreneur from the Philippines, does what every millennial stuck in a boring desk job aspire to do — make money while travelling the world.
Upon graduating from De La Salle University in Manila with a degree in business management, Aileen entered the corporate world at the age of 19. After only two years of working and $600 in her savings account, Aileen decided to quit her job as a product controller, which paid $300 per month, at Deutsche Bank when she realized corporate life isn’t for her.
Now a self-described “digital nomad”, Aileen decided to do freelancing which gave her the freedom to pursue a globetrotting lifestyle.
“I started working as a remote freelance graphic designer, web developer, and marketing assistant taking on different projects but with a main stable client who employed me. My pay at this point was more than double of what I earned at my office job and I was able to control my time more for working as I started to travel around more,” she told Business Insider.
In 2014, Aileen started her retail business, Adalid Gear, with a Belgian business partner. Her dedication to her business venture paid off as Adalid Gear now has an average monthly sales of $70,000 and has established markets in the US and UK.
She also runs a travel blog, I Am Aileen, which earns her roughly $5,000 monthly for sponsored posts, partnerships, and social media shout-outs. This gives her several travel perks such as freebies and discounts on accommodations but Aileen remains discerning of her endorsements to “remain authentic, personalized, and uncluttered”.
Since Aileen started living a nomadic lifestyle, she has visited countries such as Japan, Indonesia, eastern Europe, France, Norway and the Faroe Islands – and she has no plans on slowing down as she plans to make Spain her next home base and continue to travel to every country in the world, as per an article published by Daily Mail.
As an advice to those who want to pursue a nomadic lifestyle, she said: “Always think long-term. Surely, it’s fine to take it easy at the start as you get skills and do temporary work and projects, like volunteering, but at the very core, it’s still best to work your way towards a grand goal that will give you a more stable remote profession.”