Traveling around the world was a part of my life since I was very young. I was born in a third world country and moved to the United States at an early age. I would travel back and forth in order to spend time with both my mother and father.
At one point it was decided that we would live in the United States full time. In between we would take family trips and cruises to hot spots in the Caribbean.
A short time after starting college at the University of Tampa I moved to Italy because boredom arose from the mundane life at university. This is around the time my interest began in day trading in the stock market. I returned to the land of the free in order to fulfill a promise to finish my studies at the University of Tampa. These are the very same studies that I never planned on using in my life. Sarcasm.
I threw everything I had into what my vision of success was, freedom. I took out roughly $25,000 in unsecured student loans (the first round) in order to start day trading. I also took out approximately $25,000 in student loans to obtain a college degree.
The only difference between the two is the interest on the regular student loans (not unsecured) is tax deductable. I was working full time, going to school full time, and also staying up all night two to three times a week in order to hone my new craft.
Enter Marcello Arrambide, professional day trader. I eventually found consistency after two years of hard work. After unceremoniously graduating from college I adjusted my work schedule to be able to day trade in the mornings and work afternoons.
I wasn’t quite ready to quit my job because of the security. It’s the unknown feeling of going against the norm. I was being tugged in one direction to follow my dreams but still held grounded by the idea of what society considered as “normal”.
While day trading is a skill that one develops, there is no guaranteed check at the end of the month. There are no vacations.
If something happens and a trader doesn’t perform that is the end of his livelihood.
I have to admit that I had a very cushy job, an entry level position earning more than team managers with a full month of vacation every year. The opportunity to rise within the corporate ranks presented themselves endlessly. That just wasn’t going to be enough for me.
The end goal was to move to Buenos Aires, the Paris of the South, to experience one of the most unique cities that can be found in South America.
I took a brief trip to Argentina to test the waters and realized that is where I wanted to be. It seems as though destiny was waiting for the right time to strike. It was in Argentina that Wandering Trader would be born. It was where I would begin to share my travel experiences with the rest of the world.
As I reach the third year of my nomadic lifestyle where I have no abode I am now returning to places that I have begun to call home. Anytime I travel I prefer to live in a city and rent an apartment. This is the best way to get to know a culture.
Living in hostels and only interacting with tourists doesn’t allow me to delve deep into a society. Colombia will be my extended home throughout 2013 and soon I will finally be visiting Asia proper in order to open a business in Singapore. Singapore has always caught my attention as a travel destination. I am fascinated about the beauty of the city,diversity of the culture and outstanding Singapore hotels such as Marina Bay sans resort.
We are all headed towards the ocean. We all are born and are meant to die. But it is up to you to decide which rivers to take in order to reach your destination. There will be endless rivers of options but it is up to us to decide which route we want to take in life.
I am a person that was born in a Third World country. I had to start working at 12 years of age and was working 4 jobs by the time I was 18. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t live your dreams.