Staying Found

Confession: I’ve always been pretty hopeless with directions. Whenever someone explains turn-by-turn how to get to a place, I always nod, eyes glazed over, then look it up on Google Maps as soon as I’m back in my car. In regular life, this constant disorientation is a little annoying at worst. But out in the…… Continue reading Staying Found

The Yucatán Peninsula: Isla Holbox

Back in May 2016 (which feels like a lifetime ago), I traveled alone in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula region. When I looked back on this trip, I could hardly find any evidence! After ten days alone in Mexico, I had only a handful of pictures, no emails home or angsty journal entries, and a couple sparse…… Continue reading The Yucatán Peninsula: Isla Holbox

Brown Girl’s Guide to Bears

Important disclaimer: I am not a wilderness expert, and these tips, while founded on research, should be combined with local guidance. You are ultimately responsible for your decisions and safety. When I prepared for my last backpacking trip, I read blog posts and watched YouTube videos about a handful of different topics: setting up a…… Continue reading Brown Girl’s Guide to Bears

The Summer City: My First Solo Trip to Prague

Like a lot of people lately, I’m spending my cooped-up quarantine days flipping through old trip photos. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon an album of pictures from my first solo trip abroad (or anywhere!) in July 2014, and reflected on that trip for the first time in a while. I remembered stepping off…… Continue reading The Summer City: My First Solo Trip to Prague

How To Convince Your Mom (and Yourself!) That You Won’t Die on a Solo Trip

When I’m planning a trip, my mom is the first person I call. I try to casually hint at the idea of traveling solo (again!), but she always cuts in to inevitably ask, “Is it safe?” I will reply, “Of course!” And I’ll laugh and say something along the lines of: “I know how to…… Continue reading How To Convince Your Mom (and Yourself!) That You Won’t Die on a Solo Trip

Why Start a “Travel Blog” in 2020?

Solo at Maroon Bells 2020

I’m a planner. That means before I board a plane or hop in the car, I research the location, gear, route, and everything else into oblivion. I’ve been down the rabbit holes of everything from “is it better to use a gas stove or make one out of an empty can of cat food?” to…… Continue reading Why Start a “Travel Blog” in 2020?