A Wandering Foreigner

Just a Girl on the Road

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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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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,  ...

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  ...

Costa Rica, Inspiration, Travel, Travel Log

Letting Go to Open Up: Lessons From a Yoga Teacher Training

It’s official. I am now a certified yoga teacher. On Thursday afternoon I completed the last hours of my 200-hour training by teaching my very first yoga class. To say I was nervous is an understatement but I did it. That night, after a powerful graduation ceremony and late night dance party involving my first alcoholic beverage in 28-days, everything ended as quickly as it started. As I received my yoga teaching certificate that  ...

Inspiration, Solo Travel

What I’ve Learned from Two Years of Travel

Last month was the two-year anniversary of my blog. But it also marks the beginning of a life-changing decision to go down a different path, and I never thought I’d be where I am today. Looking back on the last two years, it’s amazing to see how much I’ve grown and changed; how much travel has taught me about myself, others, and what this beautiful world has to offer. When I decided to quit my career to travel the world on  ...