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Meet Ally Archer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ally Archer.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my travel website,, in 2014 as a creative outlet to inspire others to take the travel leap – and to continue exploring new destinations. My first experience overseas was studying abroad in Florence, Italy, where I briefly returned after graduating from college to do marketing and tour guiding for a travel company. Since then, I’ve held various travel jobs in the educational travel field before building a career where I can work online from anywhere. I’ve now worked in 25 of the 29 countries I’ve traveled to!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As with any pursuit, there are going to be challenges and roadblocks along the way! I try to reframe mistakes, failures, or challenges in my mind as a positive learning experience so I can learn from them and move forward instead of staying stuck in the past.

I think one of my biggest challenges for me personally has been lack of focus. Generally, I know how to be productive and stay laser-focused to get tasks done day-to-day. However, on a wider scale, I’ve tried juggling too many projects at once or tried to move in different directions with various parts of my website, freelance work, or other projects I’ve started.

When you lack focus, spread yourself too thin, or try to grow too many projects at once, it can lead to unfinished work or slow-moving progress. I’m sure other visionaries can relate to this! Currently, I’m working on streamlining my projects and creating a more clear roadmap for the future that I plan to stick to. So far, this has helped a lot!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Go Seek Explore story. Tell us more about it.
I’m currently based in Southern California and live what I call a “work + travel lifestyle,” which is one of the main things I teach/give advice for at Go Seek Explore. A “work + travel lifestyle” is where you are able to both work (make money and/or have amenities covered in exchange for work) and travel (to those really awesome places all over the world).

Since starting Go Seek Explore, I’ve noticed that many people let fear and mental blocks hold them back from living the lifestyle of their dreams – the lifestyle that they are typically more than capable of creating. This is why much of the content I publish and the future programs I will create are centered around inspiration and mindset shifts. You must learn about your craft and desired field as much as you can, but also consistently work on self-growth in order to become the person you strive to be. Traveling, creating a location-independent business, or working abroad is not easy and is not for the lazy. This is why strengthening your mindset and improving your life in a positive way all-around is necessary to achieve your dreams, travel-related or otherwise!

I think what sets apart Go Seek Explore from the average travel blog or content creator is that it’s not just about travel. It’s about growing into the person you want to become so that you can make big changes or do big things in your own life, whatever that looks like to you. I’m very passionate about helping people create the lifestyle they thought they were only capable of in their heads.

As for what I am most proud of with Go Seek Explore, I’d have to say those who have taken my advice and put it into action, whether it’s from my book, blog, or social media. Getting emails or messages on Instagram from people who said they “did it” – landed a travel job, started an online business, booked that bucket list trip they had been dreaming of for years – that is what I’m most proud of. Helping people create a life they are excited to wake up to.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I feel very lucky to be able to utilize the internet as a business tool, and I’m sure many other millennials feel the same.

We live in an abundant world, and the advancement of technology has made it easier than ever to travel abroad, work from anywhere with WiFi, and stay connected with loved ones back home.

If you want to use the internet to grow your business (whether or not you’re location-independent), now’s the time more than ever!

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Jake Cummings, Cristina Toscan, Jessica Hartmann, Erin Springer

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