About A Wandering Foreigner
This is the story of a girl who left everything behind to travel the world in search of adventure.
I’m addicted to travel and my life revolves around seeing the world in whatever capacity I can. My blog started out as my travel journal – a place for me to show and tell friends and family about my experiences while on the road. As my journey evolved so has my blog.
This is my place to write about my travels and inspire you to live your adventure in whatever way that looks like for your life.
All of my travel is done on a small budget and mainly solo. Here, you’ll find information on where I’ve been, how I got there, what I’ve learned, along with tips and recommendations on how you can do it, too.
So what’s the backstory?
Two years ago I quit my PR career with one goal in mind: travel. My first solo trip changed my life and has continued to open my world to people, places, and things I never dreamed I would see.
After graduating with a degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Oregon, I was on the fast track to a successful career in public relations. The small town Idaho girl was living the big city, bright lights lifestyle with raises and promotions for my hard work and dedication, but I wasn’t fulfilled. Something was missing and everything in me just wanted to travel. I’d always wanted to travel but feared what would happen if I gave everything up. What would happen if I walked away from this life and career I worked so hard to build?
It’s amazing what happens when the universe steps in and makes decisions for you. When it pushes you to that breaking point where you can’t deny the fact that it just isn’t working.
Looking back today, it’s a little scary to realize how unhappy I was. I didn’t love myself and made my life my work so I didn’t have to face the fact that I was unhappy.
After five years in the PR agency world, at the ripe age of 27, unforeseen circumstances came into play that forced me to realize it was time to hit the reset button. Within two weeks of my decision, I quit my job, sold almost everything I owned, and moved back to Idaho. Within six months of moving home, I’d paid off my credit card debt and financed my first solo adventure. On February 25, 2015, I boarded a plane to Panama City, Panama and embarked on a four-month solo trip through South America.
That trip changed my life. It helped me recognize who I am again and every time I leave for another adventure, more of who I am and what I want is revealed.
I share my stories here to excite and inspire you because I believe, whether it’s short- or long-term, travel can change lives and the world.
I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I’m learning that life is a journey and a process and that’s what makes it worth living.