A Wandering Foreigner

Just a girl on the road

Inspiration, Travel, Travel Log

Returning After You’ve Left: What It’s Really Like

Why do we fall in love with the places we find on our travels? It is the place itself, the experiences we had, or the people we meet that makes a destination so special? I’ve never really wanted “to go back.” I do my best to live in the moment and try not to focus on the past or the future, but now that I’m back on Ometepe for my third time, there’s a part of me that misses what it was like when I first arrived on the island. A Longing to  ...

Inspiration, Travel, Travel Log

Why It’s Important to Take Time For Yourself While Traveling

Why do people travel? I believe it’s because there’s desire to see new things, experience new cultures, and maybe even push ourselves out of our comfort zone. There’s hunger to learn and experience more outside of our day-to-day reality. One of the biggest hurdles I have when I first start my trips is giving myself time to adjust and let everything sink in. I’ll wake up in the morning, generally after days of traveling, and ask myself  ...

Travel Log

How My Solo Travels are Teaching Me to Stay Present

I’m at the beginning of another chapter, or the end of my current chapter, depending on how you look at it. It’s amazing how much can change and evolve over the course of a few years. I’ve been at home in Idaho for the last three months taking care of some things, and in the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of side work with this blog. Part of that has been reviewing past posts, starting from when this whole journey  ...

Inspiration, Solo Travel

This is Why You’re Allowed to be Nervous to Travel Solo

I still get nervous to travel solo. I’m about to begin my third solo backpacking trip, and the nerves are starting to kick in. It’s a weird feeling to wrap my brain around because I think I should’ve moved past this point. Clearly, I haven’t. I’ve been traveling solo for years now, and I have confidence in my ability to not only to be successful at it but to have a fantastic time doing it. But this week,  ...

Costa Rica, Travel, Travel Planning

Your Essential Travel Guide for Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

I spent a week in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica as the perfect way to transition myself back into “real life” after finishing my yoga teacher training. Even so, I’d heard rave reviews from many people about Santa Teresa and that the small beach town was a must-visit while in the area. The lush jungle runs right up to the picture perfect beaches, and with a small contingency of expats in the community, the town is friendly and  ...

Travel, Travel Advice

How to Spend 36 Budget-Friendly Hours in Las Vegas

Las Vegas. I have such a love-hate relationship with Sin City. The last time I visited, I went with four girlfriends for my 25th birthday, and we were wild. These days, nearly five years later, I’m in an entirely different place in my life with a closer eye on my bank account. Whenever I hear the words Las Vegas all I can think is money signs because the reality is that you can have whatever you want in life in that weird, strange  ...

Yoga

7 Valuable Questions to Ask About a Yoga Teacher Training

You want to become a yoga teacher. It’s one of your goals, and you’re finally ready to make the investment. Congrats! This is enormous and nerve-wracking and scary, and it’s also a life-changing experience that you’ll never forget and never regret. I’m SO excited for you. There are many yoga teacher training programs all over the world. They all look different, with different teaching models and teachers,  ...

Travel Advice, Travel Planning

4 Useful Ways to Accomplish Your 2017 Travel Goals

We’re already halfway through January. It’s hard to believe, I know. How’s it going with those travel goals you have? Are you working towards them, or are they in the abyss of dreams and you’re hoping they’ll just happen? I want you to travel this year. That is my wish for you. It’s time to start thinking ahead to make your adventures come true. Take some action and make moves. They don’t have to be  ...

Inspiration, Travel Log

The Temporary End of a Journey

With the blink of an eye, my five weeks in Nicaragua ended as quickly as they began. It’s funny to think that I questioned if I made the right decision by extending my trip because, at this point, I can’t imagine it ending any sooner. In fact, it wasn’t long enough. It never is. The last four days of my journey were spent where it all began, on Ometepe, which has become one of my favorite places, not only in Nicaragua but  ...

Inspiration, Travel

My 6 Best Travel Experiences of 2016

Can you believe it’s the last few days of 2016? Where did the year go? As I look back on another year and what’s been accomplished, the growth that’s been made, the people I’ve met, and left, it’s been a big year. A good one, but a big one. I can’t complain. As the year comes to a close, I’m taking a step back to reflect on what’s happened. What better time to do that than with the ending of  ...