When I graduated a year early from Seattle University in 2014, I told myself I was going to take the whole following year to travel the world like so many people do... but I was working at Apple at the time and found myself so happy with my job that it took a while to make that push to go anywhere. I was scared to travel by myself, a little intimidated to go to a country that doesn't speak English as their main language, and also wondered if I was missing out on starting my career as a freelance designer.
But I pushed all that worry aside and did it anyways.
I found myself spending the next two years spending every free second I had outside, went back to working at Apple, quit again, but this time to see if I was good enough to make it in Graphic Design. I became the lead designer at Stash Hotel Rewards and starting building my own freelance client base.
The start of 2017 was a whole new experience because this time, I knew how good it felt to go somewhere, and I was in DESPERATE need to do that. I booked a one way flight to Thailand, where I met up with a friend, who became my boyfriend, and now ex-boyfriend.
We traveled to over 11 countries together, lived in Paris and Prague. Rented a car and zipped around Austria and Germany, making adventures in the mountains. Explored Athens and Santorini and went on two cruises around the Caribbean. Travel is a wonderful gift. I learned so much from that relationship and really redefined what I need in my life to be happy.
OVERALL, I've learned A LOT.
Like how much I appreciate a greeting from someone you don't know and being able to strike up a conversation.
How traveling is so different from vacationing. Genuine traveling requires an absolute passion for it, vacationing just requires your money.
And how each time I visit a new place... I become more thankful of home. To my lovely, wonderful beautiful Pacific Northwest. The mountains. My family. My friends <3 I wish I could take it all with me wherever I go.
After living in Europe and then Portland, I came back to Washington state and got a job at Microsoft, and as of right now I have a trip to Australia planned for December. It’s all about balance, and I have come to learn that I can’t be traveling to a new country every month. So as I am currently in saving mode, I try to use my free time wisely, in the mountains enjoying this lovely PNW summer.
Until next time.
Dumping ground for all the best places to eat, drink, see, do, hike in Portland! Here are some of the best spots to get coffee, get your happy hour on, play a game on a date, or adventure around the city of bridges and beer!
For those of you who don’t know, Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. At the top you are above the clouds at 19,341 feet. So, yeah you can say the air is pretty much non existent at that point. But, 6 crazy girls are going to take on this challenge. We will be spending 6 days trekking our way up the Machame route, and I’ve compiled a packing list to get us up there.
We had just spent a week trekking in Peru we were ready for some relaxation, so we decided to fly to Huacachina, a desert oasis! Once we arrived at the Lima Airport we used their free 30 minute airport wifi to figure out how to get to Cruz Del Sur Bus Terminal to Ica, and six hours later we made it to Huacachina!
A lot of questions pop up when signing up for a yoga retreat. Which is totally understandable! It’s a big step-and usually involves traveling across the world. Here is why I am a huge advocate for joining yoga retreats and some experiences that I took away from my very first retreat and trip out of the country. Just go for it!
Bali is filled with deeply rooted cultural vibes and tradition. I visited Indonesia in August of 2018 for a yoga retreat with Glow Yoga Retreats. Because I was there for 24-odd days, I didn’t need a visa. This travel guide is all about how to keep it simple, what to see in Bali, and how to absorb and connect to this beautiful culture.
Sometimes travel really does need planning ahead of time and putting in a little bit of extra time researching your destinations to make the memorable adventures seem as seamless, safe, and dreamlike as they really are. Here are some tips when planning a trip to Nusa Penida, including the Kelingling Beach hike and most importantly… HELMETS!
Here are three of the best healthy spots to eat on the North Shore. Food trucks, coconut bullet coffee, papaya bowls, açaí bowls, and more! The Sunrise Shack is seriously incredible. All of the fruit and food there is super fresh and mostly everything is vegan—makes for a happy girl. Haliewa Bowls is an Acai Wonderland. It’s hard to decide when you get there what you want to try, but know this: everything is tasty!
Sunrise Destination? Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Living close to Wahiawa, we had a short travel distance towards Kailua, which is only about a 35-minute drive in the morning if you can beat the traffic. Sunrise hikes are always worth the sleepy eyes and grumpiness for the first 10 minutes of the day, I swear.
We were 9 days deep into the Himalayas. Hiking on average about 6 hours a day. And on April 11th, 2017 I was 17,598ft in the sky, at the base of the largest mountain in the world. I celebrated with my wonderful group of trekking partners and our two guides I met from Himalayan Wonders. We all had made it. How, you ask? A strong combination of desire, jokes, and knowing what to pack.