A Wandering Foreigner

Just a Girl on the Road

Travel, Travel Log

El Tunco, El Salvador: A Complete Dissapointment

We’ve all been there. We’re so excited to visit a place. We have visions of what it will be like and the things we’ll do, and everyone tells us how much we’ll love it. Then we arrive… and it’s a bust. That’s what happened to me when I went to El Tunco, El Salvador. I was really looking forward to El Tunco. Since returning to Central America, I haven’t spent any time near the ocean, and many  ...

Travel, Travel Log

What It’s Like to Live in an Eco-Community in Nicaragua

If you asked me years ago before I started traveling if I could see myself living in an eco-community, I would have laughed in your face. There’s no way I’d see myself there. It would have been way too crunchy, way too granola, way too hippie for me. And yet, here I am. By the time I leave, I will have spent seven weeks (this time) living in the jungle of Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. In all of my years traveling, I’ve never  ...

Inspiration, Travel

How Long-Term, Solo Travel Has Helped Silence My Inner Control Freak

Recently, I was looking out over the island towards the looming volcano Concepción, contemplating life and having a moment with myself. The conversation inside my head was the question that’s often asked during my solo travels: do I stay where I am or do I go. It was in this moment when I realized that at this exact point in time I have the most freedom I’ve ever had in my entire life. I don’t have a job other than  ...

Yoga

Six Reasons Why Every New Yoga Teacher Should Teach & Travel

For every yoga teacher out there in the world, we can all probably relate on some level that when you first start teaching, it’s hard and scary. It requires you to dig deep and make yourself vulnerable to what’s happening within. It also makes you vulnerable to judgment, criticism, and your personal weaknesses, which is hard to stomach if you’re not ready. I can only speak for myself here, but when I finished teaching my  ...

Inspiration, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Where Am I Now: Living in an Eco-Village in Nicaragua

Yes. You read that right. I am currently living in an eco-village in Nicaragua. But not just anywhere in Nicaragua. I’m on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, one of the most special places I’ve encountered during my years of travel. What can I say? This island has me hooked. Not only that, I’m living with an earth-based spiritual community called InanItah. What Happens When Things Don’t Go as Planned How did I end up here? I’ve been asking  ...

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  ...