There once was a girl,
Who set off on a journey greater than she could ever imagine.
She knew her heart was always somewhere else, her mind was always thinking of far away places,
Places she didn’t even know existed.
She knew what had stolen her heart from a very young age,
Which is why she did what she loved most: she traveled.
She left her home,
With a one way ticket to a far away place.
And that’s where her journey begins.
I bring to you my tiny corner of the internet, where I share Couchsurfing tips, ways to stay healthy on the road, and tips for the budget backpacker and solo female traveler.
I’m a 23 year old backpacker who is always searching for new experiences. I love meeting people and making friends on the road, and am constantly trying to step out of my comfort zone. Throughout college, I volunteered in South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique, studied abroad in Denmark, and backpacked in Costa Rica and Panama. I started this blog while I was still in college as a place to share my stories, and put all of my time and energy into building my website and following.
A few months into blogging, I decided that I wanted to do this full time: and bought a one way ticket to Bangkok. Instead of searching for a full time job or putting money down for a new car, I was working and saving money for my journey to Southeast Asia. My blog documents all of the mishaps, travel advice, and experiences I have while there, along with my past travel experiences abroad.
Traveling is not always full of cocktails on the beach and gorgeous sunsets in the arms of an attractive Australian (though I wish it was). I share the highs, as well as the lows, of my solo journey (and previous trips) around the world. I’ll also tell you how much I spend, how I make money on the road, and exactly how I do it.
I’m a part-time wanderer, full-time dreamer. I never stay in one place for too long, and I don’t like routines. I continue to chase spontaneity and live in the realm of the unknown.
I have journals filled to the brim with every day details, what I’ve seen, heard, eaten, and experienced. I hula hoop dance as a hobby, and bring my hoop with me when I travel. I’m a self-diagnosed hypochondriac. My favorite word is sonder, and its definition is part of the reason I love to travel and meet people from other walks of life.
I jump behind DJ booths at bars every chance I get. I love elephants, which you would easily figure out from the amount of tapestries, items of clothing, and jewelry I own with an elephant on it. I hope to bring you inspiration, advice, and laughter from my blog, and value my reader’s opinions very much. It’s a place where I show you how I travel, and how you can too. It’s a place where I connect with my readers and engage with them in every way possible. I send two subscribers a postcard each month to give back to them and show them how much I appreciate them reading my blog. This blog is my creation, and living proof of why I do what I do.
For me, life isn’t about living to work. It’s not about waking up and going to a job you hate, just to make money to buy a car that you’ll grow out of in a few years. It’s not about wasting away in a corner office, wishing you were someplace else. Life is about the here and now, cherishing every moment and grabbing any opportunity that comes your way, just to experience something new. Life is about working at a place you love, and growing from each experience you have there.
I’m not here to tell you to quit your job and venture to a far away place; I’m here to show you that it is possible to chase after something you’ve always wanted, and to not be afraid. No matter what that dream is.
I worked four jobs over this past summer to save enough money to start my life of travel. I have a part- time online job (aside from this blog) that helps me make a minimal amount of money on the side to continue to save and travel. I’m doing everything it takes to live this life, even though that means giving up almost all of my belongings, not having a car or an apartment, and constantly moving on the road. But I know one thing for sure: I’m loving every second.
I live for adventure, even if I’m afraid. Some of the greatest experiences I’ve had did not happen without a panic attack beforehand (skydiving, for example). Each experience has a story, and each story has a lesson. And for that reason, I travel.
I’m excited to share with you my experiences traveling, and hope that you’ll come along for the journey. It begins here.