Tiffani F. Amo hasnt been stateside in a year and a half.
Since the fall of 2011, the 25-year-old Heuvelton native has spent her time visiting Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand, where she currently lives.
Ive been here since the beginning of February, Ms. Amo said of her time in New Zealand. She currently works in a café in Wellington, the nations capital.
I came here because its really close to Australia. Its easy to get a work visa, and I needed the work, she said.
Ms. Amo isnt planning on staying in Wellington much longer.
She is already planning on moving north to New Plymouth, New Zealand, where she will stay until she feels like moving on.
I dont know what Im going to do once I get there, she said, but thats part of the adventure.
Ms. Amo has been traveling for most of her life.
Her mother, Heidi Broome, lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., while her father, Peter Amo, lives in Heuvelton. She spent a significant amount of time flying up and down the East Coast during her childhood.
In college she studied abroad in Australia, where she caught the travel bug for good.
Once I came back from there I saw there was so much more I could do. Every little thing was exciting, and when I came home everything was just the way it was when I left, Ms. Amo said. Once I came home from [Australia] I realized I just wanted to leave.
After spending roughly nine months saving money after college, Ms. Amo sold her car, gave everything she couldnt carry with her to her sister and has been on the move since with no plans of slowing down.
I promised my family I would come home after two years, she said, though when she does return in December, she said doesnt plan on staying put more than a month.
I want to travel in the States and end up in Alaska, Ms. Amo said. I dont see myself stopping anytime soon.
For her, traveling is about new experiences.
You meet so many new people and youre always doing new things, Ms. Amo said. Theres always a stranger waiting to help you out, to become your friend, to keep you company. Its always fun. You never get bored.
She hopes to spend time traveling in Southeast Asia and Europe at some point, too, she said, though because she funds her travels working minimum wage jobs, its important for her to be able to get work visas.
Ms. Amo said she does her best to stay in touch with friends and family in the United States. Skype, the online communication tool, has been especially helpful in keeping her connected with people back home, though time zones sometimes make communication difficult.
When she gets home from work its often too late to talk to anyone at home.
One of her hopes is that friends or family members will join her for short legs of her travels. So far only one of her friends has taken her up on the offer, but Im not giving up, she said.
And Ms. Amo wants other people to be inspired to travel as well.
Its really easily if youre focused and determined to do it, she said.