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"How traveling redefined my priorities and outlook on life" by Hayley Jones

I can never remember a time growing up when I had a clear focus of what I wanted to do with my life.  My brother and I were very different in that way!  He was exceptionally focused and knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an entrepreneur.  Now at the young age of 24 he is the Co-owner of his very own company. I, on the other [...]

Funny things I noticed about Peru (after staying for 7 weeks)

One of the benefits of full-time travel is that you can slow down (despacio en Español) and really get to know a place.  I had the luxury of doing this in Peru last month.  I spent almost seven weeks in this beautiful country and was able to see quite a few places I can now say are some of my favorite spots in the world.  Cusco was probably my favorite- I [...]

By |2018-08-07T19:39:39+00:00November 19th, 2017|Destinations|1 Comment

Can travel heal depression?

  Throughout my travel journey, from inception of the idea to booking the ticket and following through to now, I have had my fair share of crazy looks from people.  I've experienced judgement on judgement in all forms, coupled with praise.  Like all other things in life, you take the good with the bad, right? I've had many the probing question that goes something like "But what about starting a family? [...]

By |2017-10-30T16:47:47+00:00October 30th, 2017|Dear Diary|12 Comments

"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 [...]

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 terrifying. Both have drastically changed my life. I started this "blogging thing" with little to no [...]

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 is an example in my life that connects me to that truth. Time flew by faster [...]

By |2017-08-15T12:50:58+00:00August 15th, 2017|Dear Diary, Overcoming Fear, Solo Female Travel|7 Comments

Part II: American Wino in Africa

As I woke up today for my "American Wino in Africa" Day, Part II, I realized how hard this whole blogging thing really is... Feeling like a Princess in the private tasting room at JC Le Reux First, you have to schedule tours, then you have to drink wine...well you get it.. Hard work. JUST KIDDING! Blogging is the best gig ever, and days like today, well... They make me [...]

Review: 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay Singapore

When I was researching places to stay in Singapore, I found 5footway.inn via Facebook, surprisingly, and was intrigued by the cutesy name and marketing.  I thought to myself, "Five feet...that's about my size.  That's all I need.  Perfect!"  Just a little space to call my own for a few days while I explore this new city.  What I found in real life, however, was so much better and a majorly welcome [...]

By |2017-03-02T09:46:16+00:00March 2nd, 2017|asia, Reviews|1 Comment

Part 1: American Wino in Africa (and five South African wineries not to miss)

I'll admit it, I have "wino" in my blood, and sometimes it shows- particularly during my time in South Africa. Myself, my boyfriend and my cousin (who came all the way from Louisiana to visit!) all enjoying our  4th- maybe 5th, who knows!- glass of wine under the South African sun.  Life is good in Cape Town! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good [...]