“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
Hey! I’m Leah and thanks for stopping by Nomad’er the Distance.
This blog is about my adventures around the world and how I can inspire you to live a life full of adventures. Here you’ll find stories, pictures, and tips to help you with your travel plans.
When I got my first passport only three years ago I had no idea the incredible journeys I would eventually embark on.
It was in high school that I decided I needed to travel. But I always made excuses — I was too young, too broke, or too busy to see the world. Finally, in 2015 I pushed myself to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand. From that moment I knew I would never stop traveling no matter what life brought my way.
Since that big adventure I have visited 20 countries on 4 continents and I am always planning my next big adventure.
I started this blog because I have had countless people ask how I can make time to travel while I’m a full-time student, working two jobs, and volunteering. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to give up your “normal life” to travel.
My hope is that with this blog I can inspire you to follow your dreams and never stop traveling.
A Timeline of my Adventures
January 2015 — I got my first passport and set off on a girls’ getaway to Mexico with my roommate and some friends. We based ourselves in Playa del Carmen and spent the week snorkeling with sea turtles, splashing in cenotes, and exploring mayan ruins.
September to December 2015 — I embarked on the biggest adventure of my life — studying abroad in Bangkok, Thailand. I got to travel on weekends to places like Chiang Mai, Krabi, Koh Chang, and Kanchanaburi. I also took long-weekend trips to Singapore and Taiwan.
Christmas of 2015 was the first one I have ever spent away from home.
January 2016 — I set off after my semester abroad and traveled solo in Bali, Thailand, and Malaysia.
March 2016 — With very limited funds, I set off on a 9-day trip to Italy to visit my best friend. We spent our time in Florence, Rome, Venice, Verona, and Cinque Terre.
I also got to spend a night in Germany on a layover and visit a German beer hall.
January 2017 — I traveled solo to Guatemala to practice my Spanish. I cruised the Rio Dulce, roasted Marshmallows on an active volcano, and spent a weekend without electricity on Lake Atitlan.
After Guatemala, I met up with a friend in Costa Rica. We split our time between San Jose and Manuel Antonio National Park.
March 2017 — My boyfriend and I set off on our first trip together. We got our caffeine buzz on in Seattle and our beer buzz on in Vancouver. We saw some flying fish at Pike Place, climbed The Chief, feared for our lives on some suspension bridges, and planned hundreds of future trips together.
November 2017 — I set off on a solo journey to Belize, working with some local hotel and tour companies to create promotional content. I swam with sharks, relaxed on a gorgeous island, and even visited an ancient Mayan burial ground hidden deep within a cave.
January 2018 — I decided to have one last abroad experience before graduating college. I’m currently studying in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid and traveling Europe on the weekends. So far I’ve been to France, Ireland, Denmark, and Hungary. Before the semester ends I’ll also be visiting Portugal, Italy, and Morocco.
Read more about my experiences in Spain here.
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