About Me

Hello there!

Welcome to The Cure for Curiosity! I’m Julia Williams, the founder of The Cure for Curiosity.  Let’s start with the basics:

Julia Williams head shot

Julia Williams

I’m originally from the Midwest – Ohio to be exact – but I spent a few years in Nashville as a child, university in Florida, a few years in North Carolina after graduation, sprinkle in a couple of summers in the UK for my father’s job, studying abroad in Spain in undergrad, studying in Vietnam and Singapore in grad school, and I suppose you could say I’m not shy to new places.  This also built a great base for my curiosity about the world and those who live in it.

  • I believe in living life to the fullest.
  • I believe in working hard to get what you want. (Yes, I did work to pay for all of my travel myself.  I wrote about my budgeting if you’re really curious.)
  • I believe there is always a solution to every problem – you just have to find it.

Deciding to Fulfill My Dreams: A Year+ Around the World

During every trip I have taken, I have met those crazy “Gap Year” travelers who are on the road for 6 – 12 months to wherever the wind may blow them.  Years ago, I started daydreaming about being able to do the same.  After careful contemplation and realizing I’m not getting any younger (shockingly!), I finally took the leap and left my corporate job in March 2015 to discover more of the world.

Prior to this leap of great faith, I had been to 39 countries on 6 continents, perhaps what you might call a travel enthusiast. Okay, okay… travel addict is probably more appropriate.  I can never seem to get enough of traveling to unknown places, encountering foreign languages and foods, meeting people who in many ways on the surface are so different from me but underneath share many similarities, discovering amazing architecture, and natural wonders.

Travel has always been a big part of my life.  If it’s not actively planning a trip, it’s daydreaming of the many places I want to go and how to get there while juggling other things I have decided to tackle, like my career in marketing, completing my MBA while working full-time, competing (slowly) in my first 70.3 Ironman, or in this case, sharing my passion for the world with all of you. I believe life is meant to be lived.  Follow your dreams and explore your curiosities.  You only get one chance to do it.

Returning to the “Real World”

I returned from my worldwide trip in April 2016 having traveled to ~50 countries over those 13 months.  I know what you’re thinking – WOW – you moved fast!  But, let me put it into perspective.  Almost half of those countries were places I had already been on previous trips, and Eastern Europe has a lot of small countries close together.  There were places that I spent 3+ weeks to over a month in, like Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, etc. and yet, I could have spent more time in each one.

Upon return, I quickly stumbled upon a great job to ease back into “real life” as head of marketing for a Canadian company, working remotely.  As it turns out, returning to “real life” was harder than I thought.  Going from the constant stimulation of travel and constantly being surrounded by people to working remotely, in my one bedroom apartment, driving my car everywhere, alone was underwhelming, to say the least. I decided to spice up my life again.

The 1.5 Year Road Trip: Dream #2

To combat the quiet “work from home” life, I spoke to my manager, and then took my career on the road with me. I headed out to the Western part of the United States and up into Canada, plus a few side trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Colombia, etc.  Working remotely, in a concrete 8-5 pm job, created a whole new type of travel for me and made internet indispensable, along with a quiet place to work, things I did not worry about previously.

Then, eventually, I ended up concluding my road trip as I took a job back at the company I had first left back in 2015 to travel the world.  Best part?  After living my dream life for 3.5 years, I came back to the same company in a much better role than what I left.

This blog talks about traveling and pursuing the life you want to live, along with tips and tricks to get there.

Join me in making life an adventure!

– Julia

Contact Me

Feel free to contact me, Julia Williams, at Julia@thecureforcuriosity.com

Or learn more about my background on LinkedIn.