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 [...]

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 [...]

Review: Hostel Ruthensteiner 

Review: Hostel Ruthensteiner 

After a rough first few days back in Europe, I can't begin to explain the solace that came when I walked into this Vienna hostel.  I was greeted with a welcome card, a bottle of wine and endless smiles.  They literally turned my entire trip around! I'm always rattling off about how important the staff [...]

Guest Post: New Caledonia

Guest Post: New Caledonia

Oceania's Well Kept Secret Rarely in life can we get a chance to visit some place that is yet untouched by the waves of tourists and magnificent all by itself. Most of the beautiful destinations, especial the exotic ones, have been turn to endless rows of luxury resorts, as soon as their tourism potential is [...]

Solo Travel: A Crash Course on Life

Solo Travel: A Crash Course on Life

I've said it a hundred times and I'll say it again: traveling (alone) is the best education a girl can get. Period. I ask myself repeatedly what the purpose of all my years in school were...particularly those last, very expensive, four at university. Traveling has taught me more in eight months than I ever learned [...]

Two Weeks in Ireland 

Two Weeks in Ireland 

One rainy day a couple weeks ago in Santorini, out of curiosity I looked up where the cheapest flights out of Greece were and saw a 60 € round trip flight to Dublin.   (I used the "everywhere" search option on Skyscanner, FYI.  If you don't know about this travel hack, you should!) I couldn't [...]

The Pillow 

The Pillow 

For over six months I've traveled along 14 countries, met countless people, experienced more things than I can list, grown more than I thought possible, and I've taken only a backpack... And my pillow. I've gotten more shit over this "frivolous" item than anything else from people- especially pro backpackers.  "Are you kidding me with [...]

Packing Your Life Away

Packing Your Life Away

Next to the flooding in of questions about how I funded my year abroad, I have had many women (and a few men) reach out to me asking how I knew what to pack for a year abroad.  "How could you possibly plan for a full year with just a backpack?  Didn't you feel like you'd [...]