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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

“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, [...]

Why (and how) I started blogging

Why (and how) I started blogging

Two years ago I embarked on two different journeys that would take me to strange corners of the Earth, and my mind. One started with a backpack and a one-way ticket to Spain, but you've heard plenty about that. The other journey started with me opening my laptop one day in Portugal. Both were equally [...]

I’ve been to 33 Countries in the last 2.5 years, here are my favorites (so far)..

I’ve been to 33 Countries in the last 2.5 years, here are my favorites (so far)..

Outside of the question "Aren't you scared traveling all alone?!"  (No, but I was at first.  You toughen up pretty quick out there in the world!)  The next most frequent question I'm asked is: "What's your favorite country?  You must have one, right?!" I feel like I disappoint people, more often than not, when I [...]

10 Mistakes I Made Abroad

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, [...]

Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock

You know what it feels like to come home after two years of travel to a place like California?  Almost like an alternate reality in which you no longer fit.  It feels like visiting a Stepford-type movie set, but its all real life and the "actors" are your friends, family and neighbors.  WOW, they totally have it [...]