Why did you start traveling?
I started traveling because I really wanted to experience life outside of a career and the confines of America. I felt this need to see and learn and taste and touch and smell everything and traveling was the way to do that
What is the most important during your travels?
I am brave. I never considered myself a brave person. I mean, I still would never jump out of a plane or run off a cliff to paraglide (especially after I bit it when I tried and ended up plummeting over a cliff
), but I have no problem packing a bag, hopping on a train/plane/bus and arriving somewhere solo where I don’t speak the language and know no one. I actually thrive in these moments and relish them because they are challenging but also incredibly rewarding and have gifted me some of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life.
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
I have had so many important experiences during my travels. Two were life-changing. The first was during my 30th birthday vacation in Croatia. I met a guy from Australia in Split and while we were enjoying the Adriatic, he shared his viewpoint on life. This ended up permeating mine to the extent where I decided to quit my job and travel. The second was my 32nd birthday vacation where I ended up in Thailand volunteering at Elephant Nature Park
. The rescued elephants, the founder and the desire to raise awareness about responsible elephant tourism led me to where I am today: living as an expat in Chiang Mai and volunteering for Save Elephant Foundation, which runs the park.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
I can’t pick just one! I find beauty in everything! However, if I had to narrow it down, I would say that Lake Bled
in Slovenia is just absolutely breathtaking, Yosemite National Park in California, and the Ligurian region of Italy (Cinque Terre area).
What do you avoid when you travel?
Well, I try to avoid arriving to places I am unfamiliar with at night. I think, particularly as a solo female traveler, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and not be getting lost with all of your belongings in a narrow and unlit alley after dark. And, unless it is something I am dying to see, I tend to steer clear of the major tourist attractions, partly because I don’t do well with throngs of people and no personal bubble, and partly because I prefer to take my time and explore and find hidden gems.
What is your biggest travel dream?
I have a few, but right now the one I cannot get out of my head is seeing the Northern Lights.
What are your favourite travellers? What blogs do you read?
I have so many travelers I adore, and have made so many friends in the world of travel blogging as we cross paths on our adventures. Some of my favorites are Hecktic Travels, Alex in Wanderland, Inside the Travel Lab, Over Yonderlust, Nomadic Matt, Never Ending Footsteps, What’s Dave Doing, Borders of Adventure, Jessie on a Journey and The Travelling Editor. I’ve got plenty more I love if you want a longer list!!