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I first fell in love with travel on a high school marching band tour through Europe when I was 17. Our group of about a hundred awkward band geeks donned matching uniforms and played rousing John Philip Sousa pieces in town squares for whoever would listen. In our free time we went on mandatory hours-long guided tours and ate at restaurants chosen by a travel agency.
That pre-packaged trip was the opposite of what I would consider an ideal travel experience now, but at the time I was utterly enthralled with simply being in new places and delving into new cultures--even if only at a surface level.
The wanderlust that was triggered on that trip has since led me down some incredible paths: I’ve studied in Italy, taught English in Thailand, and worked at a news agency in Korea (I also taught English there), and of course explored lots in between. My cat, Finnegan, is an international traveler as well (he hails from Seoul!) Now I work as an editor in San Diego (aka paradise), but I’m always planning my next big trip and looking forward to the next little plot twist life throws my way.
I believe there is adventure, beauty and wonder to be found in our daily lives no matter where we are--we simply have to leave our fear behind and step out of our comfort zones! Follow along with me as I try to do just that.
- Top three favorite cities: Florence, Paris and London
- Favorite travel experience: trekking through Waipio Valley and Waimanu Valley in Hawaii, visiting the enchanting Erawan National Park in Thailand, and exploring the stunning, tourist-free region of Puglia in Southern Italy. I can't choose just one!
- Most terrifying thing I’ve ever done: jumping out of an airplane. Moving to Korea without knowing a word of Korean or how to use chopsticks is a close second.
- Biggest travel regret: going to Barcelona for a week instead of working on an alpaca farm in Germany. Barcelona was great but...alpacas!
- Most embarrassing travel experience: accidentally ordering semen milk in my lattes in Korea on a semi-regular basis. Oy!
- On my travel radar: Morocco, Turkey, South Africa, Colombia, Ecuador and Iceland. Help me decide!
If you would like to check out my professional portfolio, you can do so here. I have written for The Wall Street Journal, The Arizona Republic, U-T San Diego and a slew of other publications. If you have a story that needs telling, I would love to offer my expertise.
If you would like to know more about what it's like to teach at a hagwon in Korea, or work for a big Korean company, you can head on over to my somewhat defunct Tumblr account and start from the beginning.
“Humans naturally seek comfort and stability. Without an inciting incident that disrupts their comfort, they won’t enter into a story. They have to get fired from their job or be forced to sign up for a marathon. The character has to jump into the story, into the discomfort and the fear, otherwise the story will never happen.”
--Donald Miller, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”