“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
Who am I?
I’m Leah and I’m a travel addict.
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 12 countries on 3 continents and I am always planning my next big adventure.
I’m not always on the road. I didn’t quit my life or become a “digital nomad” like most other travel bloggers.
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.
Some Fun Facts
- I’m majoring in Global Communications with a minor in Spanish
- I am not even close to being a full-time traveler but I do travel as much as I possibly can with my crazy schedule.
- I’m passionate about sustainability and eco-friendly tourism. I’m always on the lookout for ways I can lessen my impact on the environment.
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.
Where to Next?
I’m headed to Belize in November for a little mid-semester vacation. I’ll be staying in Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, and Hopkins.
I’m also planning my next big trip to Spain for four months in the Spring of 2018. I am planning on visiting Spain, Morocco, Greece, France, and as many other countries I can fit in.
When I get back from Spain I’m hoping to head straight to South America. Peru is on the top of my list as well as Ecuador and Bolivia.
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