Travel Inspiration

Real talk, from real travelers, when you need the insight and encouragement to JUST GO.

You Must Travel the World… and This is Why

  Have you remembered yourself? Forgotten yourself? You know, your child self.     Yourself who lives in pure joy and wonder. Yourself who knows magic. Yourself who trusts what you feel, what you desire, what you believe, what you dream. Your true self. Your natural...

Coming Home to the Truth of Me

  There it is again. The one I hate to see again. The one I just can’t seem to end. The one who knows the dark places I’ve been.     It tells me I’m too fat and just not very pretty the same thoughts I’ve had since I was eight and itty bitty.   It convinces me I’m...

Why Costa Rica is the Best Place on Earth

  I hear it all of the time.     Costa Rica is so expensive. Costa Rica is so Americanized. Costa Rica is so yesterday.     And to be fair, it's actually true.     Cross the border into Nicaragua and you'll notice that suddenly people are speaking Spanish again. Weave...

So, You Want to Move to Costa Rica? Read This!

  Want to wake up and watch the sunrise over the ocean? To spend your days surfing, doing yoga, drinking out of coconuts, and taking long naps in a hammock? Want to have the jungle for your backyard?   Want to watch the sunset every night with live music? To have...

I’m Sorry, But I Have to Run

  I’ve gotten a lot better about adjusting when I come back to the civilized world.     I struggle less in the traffic. I shiver less in the cold. I blend more with the crowd.     I listen patiently as people talk in circles about their unhappiness in their jobs. I...

33 Inspiring Travel Quotes Guaranteed to Give You Wanderlust

  You know when you read something, and it's as if somehow the person who wrote it broke into your heart, dug out your feelings, and turned them into words? It's like for the first time, you're reading out loud, what you've known inside all along?   There's something...

7 Steps to Achieving a Life of Freedom

  Freedom is a word we throw around in America as casually as a Frisbee. We place our hands over our hearts and bellow, “o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”   We discuss ideas like “freedom of speech” as soon as we learn to read and associate war...

You Don’t Have to be a Privileged White Girl to Travel

  I live in a world where everything is possible. I live in a world where limitations are self imposed. I live in a world where I create my reality and my destiny.   Though lately, some people have burst my optimism bubble. After reading my post How to Travel the...

Yes, it’s Practical to Quit Your Job and Travel, and Here is Why

  I’ve been traveling the world nonstop, without a permanent address nor a conventional career for the last three and a half years. (Read my full story: Why I Left My Fancy City Life to Become a Globetrotting Gypsy.)   To some of you, that might sound totally insane....

Enough Bullsh*t, This is What Being a Nomad is Really Like

  How often do you open Instagram to see lustful photos of paradise, and wish that were your life?   I’m willing to assume it happens every single day. It even happens to me.     A snap of an umbrella clad cocktail in the foreground of an infinity pool. Or a selfie...

What I Learned From Traveling to Places Where I Never Wanted to Go

  When the opportunity was first presented to me, there was no way in hell I was going to trade in my bikini for snow pants and head to Europe in the winter. Laying under a palm tree on one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, I didn’t have much motivation to go...

My American Dream

  I'll buy a wooden house in the jungle surrounded by coconut trees.     I'll rent it out to tourists and travel whenever my feet get itchy.     I'll wake each day at sunrise to the sounds of monkey screams.     I'll spring out of bed with excitement and run into the...

You Are Everything

  Do you feel distracted by the things you think you need     does it keep you from enjoying what you already see?     Is it that you want that decadent sweet treat     or is there something else you're actually trying to feed?     Will it make you happy to buy a new...

What Costa Rica Taught Me About Life

  The greatest gift I've ever received came from eleven trips to Costa Rica over the last three years. Costa Rica has shown me how I want to live.     As a society we seem to have an incredibly difficult time understanding how we’re "supposed" to live. We look to...

Am I Wander-lost?

  Will I ever settle? Will I ever stay?     Will this wanderlust spirit ever go away?     Will I understand countries like a wino knows grapes     Will I discover cultural meccas and hidden beach escapes     Will I learn a hundred languages ok maybe just thank you...

How Traveling in Southeast Asia Changed Me Forever

  When I flew to Vietnam eight months ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.     I imagined kayaking among limestone karsts and trekking with elephants and tigers in the untouched jungle. I envisioned deepening my yoga practice and becoming an avid surfer...

This is Not the End

  I woke this morning tangled in the white sheets of a luxury hotel in Bangkok. The sun rose over the skyline and I watched anxiously, aware that for the foreseeable future, it would be my last glimpse of this city.     With anxiety in my gut, I run my hand down my...

My Best Moments of 2013

  Beginning the New Year with friends from all over the world in a club built into the cliff on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.     Catching a last minute flight to Seattle just in time to celebrate my nephew's first birthday.     Seeing dolphins from the highest point on...

How to Plan a Long Term Trip

  Two years ago when I began planning my first trip to Costa Rica I went a little crazy.   I spent countless hours reading every page on Lonely Planet’s website. I contacted hundreds of property owners for vacation rentals. I booked my flight and accommodations months...

Become a Nomad in Five (Not So) Easy Steps

  I often receive emails from readers who are desperate to travel freely, but really have no idea how to make it happen.   The truth is, there is no easy or clear process in following the highly unconventional path of a nomad. There will be plenty of moments where you...

Is Traveling a Waste of Your Potential?

  “What’s next? Isn’t it time for real life?”   “You’re off to the tropics again? Are you having a quarter life crisis?”   “You’re so smart and talented. I don’t want you to waste your potential.”     There were times when the voiced concerns of friends and family...

Why I Travel

  I travel to witness and celebrate the beauty of individuality.     I travel to learn to solve problems. Not champagne problems. Survival problems.     I travel to treat my buds to foreign flavors.     I travel to be inspired by new sights and sensations.     I...

Which Beach in Costa Rica is Best for You?

  I remember years ago, before I had ever gone to Costa Rica, looking through a Lonely Planet completely overwhelmed with options.     I knew that I needed to get away. To sink my feet into the sand and bathe myself in the warm saltwater. To be immersed in nature,...

Find Your Bliss

  Do you ever stop to notice exactly what it is that brings you bliss?     What it takes for you to find that cathartic moment of overwhelming internal stillness     Where you feel complete unity perfect harmony around you? Within you?     When there is no other place...

My Favorite Posts I’ve Ever Written

  Today is my six month anniversary of blogging. Six months of photographing every meal, every moment. Six months of desperately seeking internet on tropical beaches, in dense jungles, on deserted islands. Six months of sharing, often far too much information, with...

Is My Life Just One Big Vacation?

  With daily images of me lazing on tropical beaches, I can understand why one might think my life is nothing more than an extended vacation. And at times, when I wake up with no agenda other than yoga and a long beach walk, it is.     But as any backpacker or nomad...

You Write the Story of Your Life

  When you imagine the next month the next year the next ten years of your life what do you see?     ' Do you envision yourself reenacting patterns that you know lead to unhappiness because it seems easier to do what you already know than to take a risk on something...

Just Go.

  Alleviate yourself from responsibility.     Quit your job.     Terminate your lease.     Release yourself from codependent relationships.     Let go of of your possessions.     Buy a one way ticket.     Pack as little as possible.     See as much as you can.    ...

Pura Vida

  Two words that mean so much.     Two words that tell me to slow down.     To take the time to be.     To live to love every moment.     To let life flow.     To trust that everything is perfect.     And know this too shall pass.     Pura vida is so much more than...

Don’t Look Back

  Tomorrow I depart for Costa Rica.   The country where I began my travels. The country that I fell in love with. The country that changed me.   And here I am. Already going back. Again. For the sixth time this year.     But this time I have decided to not return to...

Why Are We Happier When We Travel?

  I have been back in my hometown for the last twenty-eight days.   Twenty-eight days of driving in traffic. Twenty-eight days of checking my cell phone. Twenty-eight days of binge eating on five varieties of baked goods. Twenty-eight days of stuffing my feet into...

Find the Courage to Follow Your Dreams

  Do you ever allow yourself to dream?     To imagine something so extraordinary so incredible so magical the simple thought brings you joy?     Do you embrace it? Do you chase it? Do you judge it? Dismiss it?     Is there something you have always wanted but were too...

How to Transition Into Your “Real Life” After Travel

  Two weeks ago I returned to my hometown.   It is cold and rainy here.     I am living on my mother’s couch. In a suburb across a bridge from the city.   The nearest beach has pebbles for sand and swimming in the water will literally give you hypothermia. There is no...

Enjoy the Journey

  It may be a bit shocking for you all to know that I am terrified of flying.     Seriously.   Debilitatingly.   Terrified.     So terrified that each time I book a flight, hesitantly drag myself out of bed, slide into the backseat of a taxi, wait patiently through...

Because You Are So Alive

  Do you see travel     as an escape     from your real life     or as the time     when your real life     actually begins?     Your life is happening right now.     Are you waiting to live it?...

What Traveling Has Taught Me So Far

  Some of us will never have clean feet, shiny hair, or smooth skin in the tropics. And that is ok.     We need very few possessions to be happy and healthy. Releasing these possessions can offer incredible freedom.     Constantly moving, from one country to the next,...

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Travel Inspiration

Real talk, from real travelers, when you need the insight and encouragement to JUST GO.

You Must Travel the World… and This is Why

  Have you remembered yourself? Forgotten yourself? You know, your child self.     Yourself who lives in pure joy and wonder. Yourself who knows magic. Yourself who trusts what you feel, what you desire, what you believe, what you dream. Your true self. Your natural...

Coming Home to the Truth of Me

  There it is again. The one I hate to see again. The one I just can’t seem to end. The one who knows the dark places I’ve been.     It tells me I’m too fat and just not very pretty the same thoughts I’ve had since I was eight and itty bitty.   It convinces me I’m...

Why Costa Rica is the Best Place on Earth

  I hear it all of the time.     Costa Rica is so expensive. Costa Rica is so Americanized. Costa Rica is so yesterday.     And to be fair, it's actually true.     Cross the border into Nicaragua and you'll notice that suddenly people are speaking Spanish again. Weave...

So, You Want to Move to Costa Rica? Read This!

  Want to wake up and watch the sunrise over the ocean? To spend your days surfing, doing yoga, drinking out of coconuts, and taking long naps in a hammock? Want to have the jungle for your backyard?   Want to watch the sunset every night with live music? To have...

I’m Sorry, But I Have to Run

  I’ve gotten a lot better about adjusting when I come back to the civilized world.     I struggle less in the traffic. I shiver less in the cold. I blend more with the crowd.     I listen patiently as people talk in circles about their unhappiness in their jobs. I...

33 Inspiring Travel Quotes Guaranteed to Give You Wanderlust

  You know when you read something, and it's as if somehow the person who wrote it broke into your heart, dug out your feelings, and turned them into words? It's like for the first time, you're reading out loud, what you've known inside all along?   There's something...

10 Tips to Guarantee a Magical Trip to Costa Rica

  No matter how many beaches I walk down, how many mountains I climb, how many oceans I bathe in, how many sunsets I watch, nowhere seems to stir my soul like Costa Rica.     Lush jungle spills onto golden sand beaches. Crashing waves kiss the shore. Divers plunge...

Yes, Traveling the World Will Fix All of These Problems!

  “Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life [at home] became meaningless. Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts. By the time the plane was airborne I’d forgotten [home]...

The Best (and Worst) Things That Ever Happened to Me Traveling

  Do you ever find yourself getting caught up in the “worst case" scenarios?   Obsessively analyzing the probability of what may or may not happen? Doing everything you can to ensure that nothing goes wrong? Feeling nervous to chase after a dream because you wonder...

7 Steps to Achieving a Life of Freedom

  Freedom is a word we throw around in America as casually as a Frisbee. We place our hands over our hearts and bellow, “o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”   We discuss ideas like “freedom of speech” as soon as we learn to read and associate war...

You Don’t Have to be a Privileged White Girl to Travel

  I live in a world where everything is possible. I live in a world where limitations are self imposed. I live in a world where I create my reality and my destiny.   Though lately, some people have burst my optimism bubble. After reading my post How to Travel the...

Yes, it’s Practical to Quit Your Job and Travel, and Here is Why

  I’ve been traveling the world nonstop, without a permanent address nor a conventional career for the last three and a half years. (Read my full story: Why I Left My Fancy City Life to Become a Globetrotting Gypsy.)   To some of you, that might sound totally insane....

Enough Bullsh*t, This is What Being a Nomad is Really Like

  How often do you open Instagram to see lustful photos of paradise, and wish that were your life?   I’m willing to assume it happens every single day. It even happens to me.     A snap of an umbrella clad cocktail in the foreground of an infinity pool. Or a selfie...

What I Learned From Traveling to Places Where I Never Wanted to Go

  When the opportunity was first presented to me, there was no way in hell I was going to trade in my bikini for snow pants and head to Europe in the winter. Laying under a palm tree on one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, I didn’t have much motivation to go...

My American Dream

  I'll buy a wooden house in the jungle surrounded by coconut trees.     I'll rent it out to tourists and travel whenever my feet get itchy.     I'll wake each day at sunrise to the sounds of monkey screams.     I'll spring out of bed with excitement and run into the...

You Are Everything

  Do you feel distracted by the things you think you need     does it keep you from enjoying what you already see?     Is it that you want that decadent sweet treat     or is there something else you're actually trying to feed?     Will it make you happy to buy a new...

What Costa Rica Taught Me About Life

  The greatest gift I've ever received came from eleven trips to Costa Rica over the last three years. Costa Rica has shown me how I want to live.     As a society we seem to have an incredibly difficult time understanding how we’re "supposed" to live. We look to...

Am I Wander-lost?

  Will I ever settle? Will I ever stay?     Will this wanderlust spirit ever go away?     Will I understand countries like a wino knows grapes     Will I discover cultural meccas and hidden beach escapes     Will I learn a hundred languages ok maybe just thank you...

How Traveling in Southeast Asia Changed Me Forever

  When I flew to Vietnam eight months ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.     I imagined kayaking among limestone karsts and trekking with elephants and tigers in the untouched jungle. I envisioned deepening my yoga practice and becoming an avid surfer...

This is Not the End

  I woke this morning tangled in the white sheets of a luxury hotel in Bangkok. The sun rose over the skyline and I watched anxiously, aware that for the foreseeable future, it would be my last glimpse of this city.     With anxiety in my gut, I run my hand down my...

My Best Moments of 2013

  Beginning the New Year with friends from all over the world in a club built into the cliff on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.     Catching a last minute flight to Seattle just in time to celebrate my nephew's first birthday.     Seeing dolphins from the highest point on...

How to Plan a Long Term Trip

  Two years ago when I began planning my first trip to Costa Rica I went a little crazy.   I spent countless hours reading every page on Lonely Planet’s website. I contacted hundreds of property owners for vacation rentals. I booked my flight and accommodations months...

Become a Nomad in Five (Not So) Easy Steps

  I often receive emails from readers who are desperate to travel freely, but really have no idea how to make it happen.   The truth is, there is no easy or clear process in following the highly unconventional path of a nomad. There will be plenty of moments where you...

Is Traveling a Waste of Your Potential?

  “What’s next? Isn’t it time for real life?”   “You’re off to the tropics again? Are you having a quarter life crisis?”   “You’re so smart and talented. I don’t want you to waste your potential.”     There were times when the voiced concerns of friends and family...

Why I Travel

  I travel to witness and celebrate the beauty of individuality.     I travel to learn to solve problems. Not champagne problems. Survival problems.     I travel to treat my buds to foreign flavors.     I travel to be inspired by new sights and sensations.     I...

Which Beach in Costa Rica is Best for You?

  I remember years ago, before I had ever gone to Costa Rica, looking through a Lonely Planet completely overwhelmed with options.     I knew that I needed to get away. To sink my feet into the sand and bathe myself in the warm saltwater. To be immersed in nature,...

Find Your Bliss

  Do you ever stop to notice exactly what it is that brings you bliss?     What it takes for you to find that cathartic moment of overwhelming internal stillness     Where you feel complete unity perfect harmony around you? Within you?     When there is no other place...

My Favorite Posts I’ve Ever Written

  Today is my six month anniversary of blogging. Six months of photographing every meal, every moment. Six months of desperately seeking internet on tropical beaches, in dense jungles, on deserted islands. Six months of sharing, often far too much information, with...

Is My Life Just One Big Vacation?

  With daily images of me lazing on tropical beaches, I can understand why one might think my life is nothing more than an extended vacation. And at times, when I wake up with no agenda other than yoga and a long beach walk, it is.     But as any backpacker or nomad...

You Write the Story of Your Life

  When you imagine the next month the next year the next ten years of your life what do you see?     ' Do you envision yourself reenacting patterns that you know lead to unhappiness because it seems easier to do what you already know than to take a risk on something...

Just Go.

  Alleviate yourself from responsibility.     Quit your job.     Terminate your lease.     Release yourself from codependent relationships.     Let go of of your possessions.     Buy a one way ticket.     Pack as little as possible.     See as much as you can.    ...

Pura Vida

  Two words that mean so much.     Two words that tell me to slow down.     To take the time to be.     To live to love every moment.     To let life flow.     To trust that everything is perfect.     And know this too shall pass.     Pura vida is so much more than...

Don’t Look Back

  Tomorrow I depart for Costa Rica.   The country where I began my travels. The country that I fell in love with. The country that changed me.   And here I am. Already going back. Again. For the sixth time this year.     But this time I have decided to not return to...

Why Are We Happier When We Travel?

  I have been back in my hometown for the last twenty-eight days.   Twenty-eight days of driving in traffic. Twenty-eight days of checking my cell phone. Twenty-eight days of binge eating on five varieties of baked goods. Twenty-eight days of stuffing my feet into...

Find the Courage to Follow Your Dreams

  Do you ever allow yourself to dream?     To imagine something so extraordinary so incredible so magical the simple thought brings you joy?     Do you embrace it? Do you chase it? Do you judge it? Dismiss it?     Is there something you have always wanted but were too...

How to Transition Into Your “Real Life” After Travel

  Two weeks ago I returned to my hometown.   It is cold and rainy here.     I am living on my mother’s couch. In a suburb across a bridge from the city.   The nearest beach has pebbles for sand and swimming in the water will literally give you hypothermia. There is no...

Enjoy the Journey

  It may be a bit shocking for you all to know that I am terrified of flying.     Seriously.   Debilitatingly.   Terrified.     So terrified that each time I book a flight, hesitantly drag myself out of bed, slide into the backseat of a taxi, wait patiently through...

Because You Are So Alive

  Do you see travel     as an escape     from your real life     or as the time     when your real life     actually begins?     Your life is happening right now.     Are you waiting to live it?...

What Traveling Has Taught Me So Far

  Some of us will never have clean feet, shiny hair, or smooth skin in the tropics. And that is ok.     We need very few possessions to be happy and healthy. Releasing these possessions can offer incredible freedom.     Constantly moving, from one country to the next,...

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