A Wandering Foreigner

Just a Girl on the Road

Central America, Nicaragua, Travel, Travel Advice, Travel Planning

Your Ultimate Guide to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

After hundreds of hours there, and numerous blog posts here, about my beloved Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, I’ve finally put together, for you, my ultimate guide to my favorite Central American island. It’s slightly shocking that it’s taken me this long to put this specific post together given that I’ve spent months on the magical volcanic island. But, I’ve finally done it! Just for you. I partnered with Claire  ...

Inspiration

Are We Running Away as Long-Term Travelers?

There’s an overwhelming excitement for adventure that comes over me as I settle into my seat and await departure on a plane. It’s a feeling that I’m about to take on the world and leave everything behind. Whether I’m flying to my hometown in Idaho or across the globe to a foreign country, I’m at peace the most when I’m leaving somewhere and on the move. Recently, this realization hit me like a ton of  ...

Mexico, Travel, Travel Planning

Review: Don’t Miss a Stay at Mexiqui Hostel in Mexico City

I first learned about Mexiqui Hostel through Instagram, the way most of us tend to learn about new hotels, restaurants and travel destinations these days. Ahhh social media, what would we do with out you? Another travel blogging couple I follow on Instagram, Homeless Honeymoon, had included a shot of the epic rooftop view in their story and the second I saw it I knew I wanted to stay there. When Mexiqui Hostel offered to host my stay while I  ...

Mexico, Travel, Travel Planning

15 Places to Eat & Drink Your Way Through San Cristóbal, Mexico

I love eating, I love drinking wine, and we’re all well aware of my love for a good cup of coffee. I’ve been working in the food industry since I was 16-years-old. In college, I worked as a waitress to help pay my bills and finance my fun. My life with food only continued as I worked for nearly five years in public relations with natural food companies, restaurants, chefs, and wineries. For the last two years, as I figure out who I am and  ...

Central America, Mexico, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Why You Have to Visit the Magical Town of San Cristóbal, Mexico

I don’t know where to begin so I’ll start by saying that I’m obsessed with Mexico and the obsession began with San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Visiting San Cristóbal was never part of my original plan. In fact, I’d never even heard of it until I was in Nicaragua. It seemed, though, that after one mention everyone I spoke had been there and loved it. I mean,  ...

Travel, Travel Planning, United States

6 Reasons Why I’ve Added Richmond, Virginia to My List of Places to Visit

With much of my travel focused on international destinations and escapes, I often forget about the hidden gems of my backyard or home country. I’ve seen much of the western United States, but the eastern half remains unexplored territory. Richmond, Virginia is a budget-friendly treasure I’ve officially added to my list for further exploring. Here’s why.

Central America, Travel

Antigua, Guatemala: A Mayan Version of Cusco, Peru

When I arrived in Antigua, Guatemala, the first thought that ran through my head was how much it reminded me of Cusco, Peru. There’s an energy to the city that I’ve experienced only in another place: Cusco. Similar to Cusco being the heart and center of the Inca culture, Antigua feels the same for the Mayan heritage. The aliveness and history were immediately felt when I arrived in the city, and I quickly realized how the small yet  ...

Central America, Travel, Travel Planning

Why You’ll Feel Like Indiana Jones When Visiting Tikal Ruins

It’s a well-known fact that I love ruins. I post a bit obsessively about how much I love visiting them; like when I visited Pompeii, Italy, or that time I trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I posted a picture last week on Instagram with a caption I ❤️ ruins, and my friend joked that she’s going to make me a t-shirt with that caption, which I’ll gladly accept and wear with honor. It’s a thing for me. Walking around hundred-year-old  ...

Central America, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Visiting Semuc Champey: The Journey From Hell That’s Totally Worth It

“The road’s a pain in the a$$ but totally worth it.” That’s what everyone told me when I said I was going to Semuc Champey in Guatemala. They were right. The journey is terrible, no matter where you start. And the last hour is particularly special as you lumber through potholes dodging and swerving around trucks and cars along the narrow, twisting dirt road. The end result when arriving is a small, remote Guatemalan  ...

Central America, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Lake Atitlan: Reconnecting with Myself by a Volcanic Lake

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala has been high on my list of places to visit for a while now. I think, especially, because I’ve spent so much time on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua that it felt like an obvious assumption I would love Lake Atitlan as well. Lake Atitlan is beautiful, and I did enjoy it. For those of us that may or may not believe it, both Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua and Lake Atitlan offer a similar, spiritual and healing  ...