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 … Continue reading Unforeseen costs of long-term travel (and why I don’t care)
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 … Continue reading People always know I’m an American abroad right away. Here’s why…
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, … Continue reading “F*%#ing Perfect”
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 … Continue reading Why (and how) I started blogging
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 … Continue reading I’ve been to 29 Countries in the last two years, here are my favorites (so far)..
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 … Continue reading Life Update (and my BIG plan for Fall)
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, … Continue reading 10 Mistakes I Made Abroad