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"My Strange Addiction: Take Off" by HMD

There have been ceaseless probing questions, primarily from my fellow Americans, about my decision-making and life choices lately, which (obviously) stems from my unsettledness and restless roaming.  I've met these Probers on the road while they were on vacation or business trips, all temporary travelers wondering WHAT ON EARTH I've been doing traveling for so long. There's one question I've faced regularly, as a nomad, that can induce an immediate headache [...]

"My First Visit to LONDON" by HMD

London is a world famous city, and raved about in travel community for all it's offerings, sights and history.  It often shocked people that I hadn't made my way to "THE City" after so long on the road and quite a few trips to Europe, which is just a short flight away.  I put it off for various reasons, all the while knowing I'd make my way there someday and would [...]

Living like a Local in Leeds, England

In February, with plans to head back to the states by the end of March, I had about 5 weeks left to explore more of Canada (I was in Montreal), but I was really feeling the need to slow down before beginning the journey home.  The project I worked on in Canada was over and I'd already adjusted to the cold, so I thought: why not finally make my way to [...]

What it’s like to Date Around the World

It always cracks me up how eager people are to hear about my dating life, especially since I started traveling internationally.  I've played coy and kept the juicy stories for "Girls Night" with close friends, but with so many of you asking, let me share a little bit with you- you know, woman to reader. So, you ask, what's it like to date abroad?   One word.... FUN. Dating in general [...]

My Favorite Places to Eat, Sleep and Beach in Bocas Del Toro, Panama

I am just a Hippie Island girl at heart, and nothing has ever made that more apparent than my stay in Bocas del Toro, Panama this month.  My heart felt so full as we first arrived on the Caribbean side of the mainland in Almirante.  It was the first time I'd seen the Caribbean!  We hopped into a long tail boat that reminded me of the ones I became so accustomed [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:48:42+00:00December 16th, 2017|Destinations, Reviews|7 Comments

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

Unforeseen costs of long-term travel (and why I don't care)

One of my personal heroes, Elizabeth Gilbert, said "To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice," and she wasn't kidding.  Traveling is expensive, and not just for your bank account, but I agree with Liz.  It is all worth it.  I've given up a lot to travel, to keep following my dream to see every country in the world, and I don't regret a thing.  My life is an epic roller [...]

By |2017-09-21T14:15:16+00:00September 21st, 2017|Digital Nomad Life, Solo Female Travel, Travel hacks|5 Comments

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, [...]

"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, the raw honesty. But she shocked me when she said, "You're so damn perfect all the [...]