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

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 [...]

Pain vs. Diamonds

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 [...]

Can travel heal depression?

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? [...]

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

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- [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

“F*%#ing Perfect”

“F*%#ing Perfect”

I recently had a near lifelong friend tell me something I can't shake. You ever have one of those conversations that lingers for days and weeks after they happen?  We'd had a few cocktails and all kinds of truths were coming out. The good, the bad and the ugly.  I relished in all of it, [...]