Hello! This site mainly started out as a place for me to write about my travels and post photos for friends and family when I go on trips, but now anyone is welcome to follow and read along!
I have always been a wanderer. Ever since I was young I had always wondered what life was like beyond the place I called home. I always dreamed of one day having the experience of living in another country. In September 2013, that dream became a reality when I decided to move to New Zealand. It was an incredible experience, and right away I was hooked on long-term international travel. What was supposed to be just a one-year working holiday evolved into a second year of work and travel in Australia, and from there I somehow found myself gallivanting across Southeast Asia and Europe.
After over two and a half years of seeing the world, I’ve returned to resume life in America. My overseas experience was life-changing and I learned so much from it that it would be impossible to describe it all accurately in words (though you can get an idea from this post!). Although my life is much less nomadic than it was, I know that I’ll always be a traveler by heart. There’s still so much of the world to see and it’s my goal to continue traveling as often as I can.
For the heck of it, here are a few random facts about me:
- My favorite foods are Thai and anything Mediterranean.
- I’m a beginner in French as well as Spanish. I’d really like to keep practicing and be fluent in both some day.
- I really enjoy cooking. When I’m on the road, I cook most of the time and really like trying new recipes from people I meet from around the world.
- I wanted to be a weatherman and chase tornadoes when I was a kid.
- I also wanted to be a pilot.
- Although I lived in Seattle for four years (home of Starbucks, Tullys, and Seattle’s Best) I never acquired a taste for coffee. I’m more of a tea person. But I love the smell of coffee!
- My first two international experiences were in Latin America, where I did volunteer work at local schools with Circle K and Kiwanis.
- My first solo travel experience was in Peru, where I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was absolutely amazing and I met a lot of really nice people from all over the world.
- I’ve gotten altitude sickness while in Ecuador and Nepal.
- These are my favorite countries that I’ve been to so far.
- The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten would be cuy (guinea pig) in Peru.
- I collect foreign currencies. I have a big bag in my closet full of smaller bags that are labeled with the different countries they come from.
- I love flying. Sometimes I feel more excited to fly than actually visiting the place I’m going to.
- But after traveling around Europe by rail, I’ve discovered travel by train is perhaps the best way to go.
- One day I’d like to ride a bike across the United States, coast-to-coast, for a cause, but I’m not certain which one yet.
- I grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington State.
- I like most kinds of music, but lately have had a liking for a mix of dance/house/electronic, alternative, indie, and folk.
- I love hiking, photography, backpacking, swimming, and cycling.
- Since I started this blog I’ve also grown to enjoy writing and find it therapeutic sharing my thoughts and experiences.