I am a self-proclaimed travel junkie in search of my next adventure. I grew up on a farm with a horse and 10 pm curfew until I left home for college in the city. Our land-locked, mid-western hometown offered little in terms of adventure, but my family often spent weekends in Chicago and summer vacations sailing on our catamaran through the Florida Keys and beyond. I’m lucky to have parents who are fantastic, inspiring, “live a life far from the ordinary” travel-lovers who have always supported my wanderlust soul.
I took advantage of college breaks to travel around Cuba, island-hop through the Bahamian Islands, and captain a sailboat around Cape Horn, South America. After graduating with a degree in Marketing, I worked for an advertising firm in Chicago. Though the pay was awesome and the potential to climb the corporate ladder at my fingertips, it didn’t take long to figure out that a cubicle job was not for me. My lust for adventure was blossoming, and it was exciting!
I read National Geographic magazines at night, waited tables on the weekends to save money for the BIG trip, and then flew to India with my best friend. We spent a wonderful year crisscrossing Asia, drinking chai in India, tackling cliff walls in Thailand, and SCUBA diving on the world’s most gorgeous reefs. We balanced our adventures by volunteering as English teachers in Cambodia and Vietnam and put our hands to work rebuilding tsunami-devastated Koh Phi Phi island. Tasting foreign cultures only intensified my wanderlust and passion to help communities around the world. I wanted to see and travel more.
In the past ten years, I have lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, and South America. I traveled by train across China, sailed through the Pacific Islands, taught English in Peru and had crazy adventures (and some misfortunes) in Latin America, Asia, Mexico, Europe and Central America.
I’m currently back in the States, working to fund my next travel opportunity. In the meantime, I am writing a travel book, adding content to my new blog and dreaming of my next global adventure.