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 Don Henson.
Fastforward a year later, and we're both sticking it to the man– living month to month in a different country. First up, a month in Paris. Next we head to Prague where we will be renting a car and getting back to what I love most–making adventures in the mountains. Travel is a wonderful gift.
And 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." (words made famous by this beauty)
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.
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.
Official Hello Adventure Co. Guide to Roadtriping in Austria! In February 2018, we rented a cute little Skoda and drove from Prague through Austria and Germany, visiting the beautiful towns of Halstatt and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
I wanted to write a travel guide with things I wish I would have read before we decided to live in Paris for a month in Winter. Among many things, we learned that we really suck at speaking French, but that the people here are better than you might think. (Regardless of how disappointed we we're with the food options...)
A little intro to why and how I got started traveling, starting with backpacking in New Zealand. Traveling is different than vacationing, something you realize when you are on a ferry ride in the middle of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Krabi, CLEARLY lost. (But still thoroughly enjoying every minute of it)
Hello Adventure Co. is new and improved! Read about our summer adventures backpacking, and other fun ways to spend time in the Sunshine! Written by Crystal Frankenbery
we found a lot of reasons to fall in love this weekend. Four days wasn't enough time to try everything and we will definitely be back. If you're looking for cool restaurants to eat, fun bars to dance, or places to explore around Denver this is the post for you.
If you ever find yourself exploring the North Island of New Zealand, please promise me you will visit my favorite town I ever stumbled into. Raglan was one of those places that wasn't on my "plan" when I was mapping out where I wanted to travel to, but I'm so glad I ended up here. We spent a weekend filled with Good George Beer, Fish and Chips Takeaways, and new card games.