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 [...]

11 Surprisingly Funny Things about South Africa

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 [...]

Weekends away on the Western Cape (and how to satisfy a grounded traveler) 

Weekends away on the Western Cape (and how to satisfy a grounded traveler) 

I have to admit...after traveling around the world the past year and a half, constantly being on the go and experiencing newness, I have found myself addicted to the thrill of moving around.  It's a high unlike any other that brings on a special type of bliss.  Travel is- among a million other things- addicting. [...]