“You don’t have to go abroad to experience travel” by Toni Elston

“You don’t have to go abroad to experience travel” by Toni Elston

I have been unable to travel the world as I would like to yet, but I can still say, without a doubt, traveling has been my saving grace. Growing up, most of the traveling I did was with my mom to whatever base she was living on- my mom was in the military but I wasn’t with her all the time. I think that’s where my love for travel and exploring comes from. Being able [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]