10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

With all the lessons I've gathered up over the last three years of travel, I can say in total honesty that I know exactly as much about what NOT to do, as what TO DO abroad.  With every "travel hacking" notation I've made along the way, there's been a warning frantically scribbled on my notebook beneath it. Today, I figured I'd share a few of those "warnings" from my own experiences [...]

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 [...]

People always know I'm an American abroad right away. Here's why…

There are a few things you're probably doing that make you stick out as a "typical American tourist" (effecting your favorability depending on what that person thinks of the states).  Sometimes , depending on the country I've been visiting, people love the fact that I'm American.  Other times, not so much.  It's been particularly interesting to see peoples' reactions to me being American post-election- but I won't be getting political right now, [...]

10 Mistakes I Made Abroad

Traveling has so many twists, turns, ups and downs, it can be hard to keep up.  There are often unforeseen issues that arise and can totally ruin your day- if you let it.  The trick?  ALWAYS keep a notebook (and your sense of humor) on hand. Personally, I've slipped up MANY times along the way, learning and taking lots of notes as I've gone along.  Amidst any given travel f**k up, [...]

11 Surprisingly Funny Things about South Africa

It may go without saying, but, I will point it out anyway:  Living in another country is VERY different from visiting.   I have been living in Cape Town, South Africa, on and off, for almost a year now and I still experience culture shock almost everyday.  The difference is, now it is every day life, not just a few days or weeks. At first, little idiosyncrasies are charming, inconveniences are [...]

By |2017-05-02T16:44:55+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Destinations, humor|6 Comments

12 WTF Travel Moments

Sometimes a girl's gotta go on a rant...especially when it comes to the hoop jumping that comes with traveling.  So many things that have absolutely zero logic behind them and make me shake my head and/or drop my jaw.  Life on the road is amazing, yes, but there are situations you get into that are beyond trying.  Some situations cause you to question if there is any common sense left in [...]

By |2016-04-15T06:05:35+00:00April 15th, 2016|humor|0 Comments

Thailand aka My Happy Place 

  I've been loudly proclaiming my love for Thailand since my first arrival last November.  I’ve already been back two more times and it's only February.  I can't seem to stay away. I could feel it as soon as I stepped off the plane day one, this was going to be one of my favorite countries.  The energy of the local people quickly charmed me, as did the lifestyle- especially when [...]

8 Weird & Funny Things about South East Asia 

Traveling through South East Asia has been so amazing.  I've met countless inspiring people, seen mindblowingly beautiful temples, beaches and waterfalls and have genuinely fallen in love with each country in a different way.  Every place I've been so far has had something magical about it, something challenging and something funny.  Some things I was not prepared for (see #1).  Thankfully, I packed my sense of humor and I'm learning to [...]

By |2016-01-01T11:05:58+00:00January 1st, 2016|humor, Solo Female Travel|18 Comments

Eat, Pray, Whatever

Eat, Pray, Love. Surely, you know the book (and movie starring Julia Roberts). The super famous one about the broken hearted woman who traveled the world for one year and found love, peace and carbohydrates? Elizabeth Gilbert's story spoke to me- loudly- just like it probably did for many of you. She inspired me and, in many ways, helped me gain the confidence to go out on this adventure I'm on [...]

By |2015-11-26T07:34:35+00:00November 26th, 2015|Dear Diary, humor, Solo Female Travel|0 Comments

Spain, You Thrill Me

Spain, you kill me, in the best way. It’s hot as hell and I do not know what day it is anymore.  I’ve lost all sense of time and my calendar no longer runs my life.  I stayed up until the sun made an appearance more times than I'll admit, and have forgotten what eight hours of sleep feels like.  I have fully immersed into my temporary stay here in Spain. [...]