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A Panamanian Woman with Third World Problems and First World Happiness

I met the most amazing woman a few days ago in Bocas Town, Panama. It'd been a long few days staring at my computer screen and not interacting with anyone.  I was feeling antisocial- I get like that sometimes.  When I finally emerged from my dark hole of silence, I was hit by blazing sunlight as I walked down the main street to the nearest dock.  It's so damn hot on [...]

Goodbye Fear, Hello World

One of the most frequent things I hear from people I meet around the world is this: "Id love to do what you're doing but couldn't ever find the guts to actually do it. You are soooo brave." I respond in two ways. In my head: Am I really though?   Half the time I have no idea what I'm doing.   The other half I'm just in pure discovery mode...like [...]

Happily “Homeless”

It's funny how it's taken all of 840 days, 4 continents and 31 countries plus a visit to California for certain things to REALLY set in.  Sometimes you're moving so fast you don't realize the full gravity of what you're experiencing.  Have you ever been there?  I have...recently, quite a bit. I've spent many days lately letting the fact that I am actually homeless mentally "marinade."  I knew this all along...sort [...]

Dear Diary, I trekked Peru’s Salkantay Trail to one of the World Wonders…and I liked it.

If you would have told me a few years ago I’d end up in Peru with a small backpack trekking up and down mountains and through the jungle (unbathed and without makeup on), I would have laughed so hard my nice red wine would have been spit out and my butt would be on the floor after falling out of my chair.  I used to be as "indoorsy" as a girl [...]

Inspirational books that have shaped my travels (and my life)

Reading is essential, not just on the road but in everyday life, and these books have really helped shape me and my travels along this crazy journey the past two years.  If you're looking for a little inspiration, pick one of these up and don't forget your journal to take notes- you're going to learn a lot from these gems.  It's impossible not to. Ps. I included my new affiliate links [...]

By |2018-08-07T19:39:39+00:00November 11th, 2017|Dear Diary, Inspiration|1 Comment

Pain vs. Diamonds

I met the most amazing woman at my hostel in Cusco.  Canadian and every bit as polite as the stereotype says, you can feel this woman's warmth from across the cold room.  I actually saw her arrive and could feel something odd about her- in a good way.  She floated by me on her way to her room.  She was putting off this "zen" energy accompanied with total bliss.  You become [...]

Can travel heal depression?

  Throughout my travel journey, from inception of the idea to booking the ticket and following through to now, I have had my fair share of crazy looks from people.  I've experienced judgement on judgement in all forms, coupled with praise.  Like all other things in life, you take the good with the bad, right? I've had many the probing question that goes something like "But what about starting a family? [...]

By |2017-10-30T16:47:47+00:00October 30th, 2017|Dear Diary|12 Comments

Don’t be afraid to be a Black Sheep if it means following your dreams 

Isn't it funny how deep conversations can get at your hair or nail salon, ladies?  It's always been an interesting concept to me- the whole "tell a stranger your whole life story" thing- and never is that idea more prevalent for women than at their salons.  This concept applies to taxi drivers and bartenders too- they are secret keepers, information gatherers and intuitives.  Perhaps it's the feeling of ease and comfort [...]

Overpacking in South America: I’ve become the best/worst backpacker on Earth

Just over a week ago I flew out of SFO on a one-way ticket to Peru and started a new leg of my round-the-world journey. I felt more excited than nervous this time and had zero panic attacks landing abroad, like that first time two years ago in Madrid (Anyone remember? Good Lawd, what a mess). Perhaps I’m just more prepared this time...for anything. The fact is, this trip is different [...]

Going GLOBAL 2.0: Two Cali girls take on South America without itinerary

Dear Diary, It’s happening again...it’s "the night before” 2.0 and I’m getting anxious. It's been over two years since I flew from San Francisco on a my first international one-way ticket (Madrid, Spain was my first destination) and I'm about to do it again.  After a few months spent home in California with family and friends, I've decided to get back out on the road. Packing my life away again! [...]

By |2017-09-25T21:07:48+00:00September 25th, 2017|Dear Diary, Solo Female Travel|6 Comments