I’m from a small town in rural Connecticut, where I was brought up with a passion for the outdoors and adventure. I’ve always looked for opportunities to experience new things, and I’ve been known to throw around the quote “Adventure is out there”, probably more times than I need to. Earning “Most Likely to Travel” in my senior yearbook, I have made exploring other places a part of my life. I moved to San Francisco in 2016 and lived there for over a year to discover West Coast living from the foggy hills and quirky neighborhoods of the Bay. After taking a road trip across the entire United States (and back again!) I gained a whole new appreciation for America’s incredible cities and national parks. Now, I’ve set off on a journey to Australia to learn about the Australian hospitality industry and enjoy life down under. Follow along on my adventures through this site!
A bit about my first travel experiences…
After graduating from the University of Connecticut, I took the opportunity to see and experience as many things as I could before returning to the United States to start my professional life. For 5 months, I embarked on a journey with my travel companion and boyfriend, Byron, to a number of countries including Australia, Vietnam, India, the UAE and more. We lived out of our backpacks, and stayed mostly in hostels or rented camper-vans for lodging. In preparation for the journey we made countless packing lists, added additional pages to my passport last minute, obtained an India and Australian visa, and successfully passed the motorcycle driver’s license exam. I had no idea what to expect, and there were definitely some trying situations, but it was by far the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had!
In Fall 2013, I embarked on one of the greatest programs out there–Semester at Sea–which is where my love for international travel was started. It stood out as the perfect match for me, since I’m horribly indecisive and wanted to see it all! Having Byron with me, who had done Semester at Sea previously, was a huge factor in my ability to get applications in on time, coordinate the hundreds of steps before setting sail, and handle the excitement/apprehension of leaving my home behind. I was given an experience of a lifetime, as cliched as it is, and I have no doubt this experience impacted me greater than anything I’ve done before. I’ve grown stronger, pushed myself to my absolute limits, and grown a huge appreciation for other cultures.