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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Life Update (and my BIG plan for Fall) 

Life Update (and my BIG plan for Fall) 

This week marks the two year anniversary of the day I left the states on a one-way ticket to freedom. It feels surreal to be celebrating this day two whole years later, when I swear it was just yesterday.  Time is elusive isn't it?! Einstein said that time and space are an illusion. Perhaps this [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

Longtime (Home)Coming

Longtime (Home)Coming

You can always go home...but it will cost you. $1,100 (to be exact) and 25 hours of flight time across three continents and, easy!  Just like that, I was back home in the states.  No matter the cost, it was so worth it. Landing at the San Francisco airport after a year and four months [...]

PSA from an American Backpacker

PSA from an American Backpacker

I am five months "vetted" into the backpackers' community now and I've learned a few things- some life changing and some just plain hysterical.  A concept I've come to fully grasp as of late is the view other countries have of us "Americana." There are a few lines you're going to hear over and over [...]