• Aileen Adalid enjoying a sailing trip in Croatia in June. (Instagram/@i_am_aileen)Source: Instagram/@i_am_aileen
"I was born in a third world country, but I want to show that a life of travel is not only for the rich."
Alyssa Braithwaite

6 Dec 2016 - 2:52 PM  UPDATED 6 Dec 2016 - 2:55 PM

Meet Aileen Adalid, a Filipino entrepreneur and travel writer who speaks English, Tagalog and Dutch, and has spent almost four years as a "digital nomad", living a sustainable travel lifestyle.

At 19, she graduated from De La Salle University in Manila with a degree in business management. 

At 21, she quit her $300 per month job at Deutsche Bank to freelance in graphic design, web design and online marketing, while traveling to holiday destinations such as France and Thailand. 

Now, at 24, she runs at online health and outdoor accessories company called Adalid Gear, and earns $5,000 a month from the business and "affiliate partnerships, sponsored posts, and social media shout outs" related to her travel blog I Am Aileen, which was named Best Youth Travel Blog at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference last year.

With a goal is to travel to every country in the world, Adalid has notched up 27 countries so far, and says the secret to her success is doing what she loves.

"I was born in a third world country, but I want to show that a life of travel is NOT only for the rich, and that it is absolutely possible to explore the globe even with only a third world passport," she writes on her website. 

"It took a LOT of hard work on my part, but looking back, I can definitely say that it was all worth it — today, I have achieved a sustainable travel lifestyle as an online entrepreneur and travel blogger!

"I have gone on a scenic road trip in the Faroe Islands, climbed mountains in Norway, celebrated Bastille Day in Paris, explored off-the-beaten-path destinations in Belgium, driven through the highest mountain in the Alps East of the Brenner Pass in Austria, soared above the coast of Indonesia on a helicopter, and met a geisha and the 'last samurai' in Japan," she tells Business Insider.

She typically works less than four hours per day on Adalid Gear, which has average monthly sales of $70,000, and has established markets in the US and UK.

It allows her to travel at least once a month, with the travel and accommodation often free, thanks to brand and tourism board partnerships.

While she doesn't accept everything she's offered - "I want [the blog] to remain authentic, personalised, and uncluttered" - with the help of travel freebies and discounts she says she's able to save about 70 per cent of her income.

Grateful for her life, Adalid shares not only travel guides and tips on her website, but advice on how others can emulate her success.

"I want to help and inspire people with my story," she says. "I want to send a clear message that following one’s passion in life is always the best action to take."

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