Work in Progress

“In the best travel, disconnection is a necessity. Concentrate on where you are; do no back-home business; take no assignments; remain incommunicado; be scarce. It is a good thing that people don’t know where you are or how to find you. Keep in mind the country you are in. That’s the theory.”
–Paul Theroux

I'm just a girl who loves the world, finds beauty in the unknown, and can't keep her feet on the ground. I like finding unique (and cheap) ways of making my way around the globe. Interacting with people while living, learning, and loving the culture I'm surrounded by.

This is my attempt to keep my friends and family updated, to keep track of my experiences, and to serve as an inspirational resource for all those travel addicts like me out there.

life list


(in no particular order)


I wrote this compilation of goals at the beginning of 2012. Some of the things I had already done, some I was planning on doing while traveling Europe, and some are things that won't be accomplished for years and years. 

The ones I have crossed off that also have corresponding blog posts are linked :)

1.      Walk across 5 famous bridges:
1.      Golden Gate in San Francisco 
2.      Brooklyn in New York 
3.      Harbour in Sydney 
4.      Charles in Prague 
5.      Grand Canal in Venice

2.      Crush grapes with my feet at a winery

3.      Hike the Grand Canyon

4.      Learn to scuba dive October 2014 and dive:

1.      The Red Sea

2.      Thailand February 2015

3.      The Great Barrier Reef

4.      Cozumel

5.      Roatan

5.      Skydive

6.      Get a tattoo September 2012

7.      Road-trip across America
8.      Learn another language
           1. Korean
           2. Spanish
           3. German
           4. Italian
9.      Write a children’s book
10.  Visit every continent
1.      North America February, 1990
2.      Europe June 2013
3.      Asia June 2014
4.      South America
5.      Australia
6.      Africa
7.      Antarctica
11.  Run a marathon
12.  Visit place of worship for 5 major religions:
1.      Christianity April 2012
2.      Islam
3.      Hinduism
4.      Buddhism August 2014
5.      Judaism
13.  Swim with sharks
14.  Be an extra in a zombie movie
15.  Ride a camel June 2016
16.  Ride an elephant
17.  Climb to Machu Picchu and hike the Inca Trail
18.  Travel alone April, 2013
19.  Volunteer for at least a year
20.  See a solar eclipse
21.  Give Blood April, 2011
22.  Attend high school reunion
23.  Visit hometowns & family of grandparents
24.  Float in the Dead Sea
25.  Crash a wedding
26.  Go to the world’s best parties:
1.      Carnival in Brazil
2.      Oktoberfest in Munich
3.      St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
4.      Mardi Gras in New Orleans
5.      Running of the Bulls in Pamplona July 2014
6.      La Tomatina August 2014
7.      Full Moon Party in Thailand
8.      Songkran in Thailand
9.      Burning Man in Nevada
10.  Holi in India
11.  EDC in Las Vegas June 2012
12.  Coachella in California
27.  Ride in a hot air balloon May 2014
28.  Cruise on the Nile
29.  See the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis
30.  Spontaneous trip – pick a place out of a hat immediately before leaving
31.  Visit Four Corners and put an arm and leg in each state
32.  Safari in Africa
33.  Live “permanently” in another country (at least 2 years) June 2014 - June 2016
34.  Teach English internationally:
1.      Thailand
2.      Italy
3.      South America
4.      Africa
5.      Korea June 2014
35.  Go zorbing
36.  Take the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing
37.  Go everywhere
1.      America February 1990
2.      Mexico Summer 2002
3.      Bahamas Summer 2000
4.    Italy June 2013
5.   Spain July 2013
6.   Portugal July 2013
7.   England July 2013
8.   Germany July 2013
9.   Austria August 2013
10.  Switzerland August 2013
11. The Netherlands August 2013
12. France August 2013
13. Scotland October 2013
14. Korea June 2014
15. Japan August 2014, October 2015
16. Thailand February 2015 
17. China September 2015, June 2015
18. Taiwan New Year 2016 
19. Mongolia June 2016 

20. North Korea June 2016 


38.  See the 7 Modern Wonders of the World
1.      Great Pyramid of Giza
2.      Petra
3.      Great Wall of China
4.      Christ the Redeemer
5.      Chicken Itza
6.      Colosseum
7.      Taj Mahal
39.  See a penguin in natural habitat
40.  See a Broadway show in New York
41.  Dance with Ellen Degeneres
42.  Help someone build a house
43.  Give a stranger a $100 bill
44.  Send a message on a balloon
45.  Make a big donation to charity
46.  Sleep in a haunted house (or cabin) June 2014
47.  Be in a protest
48.  Climb a large mountain
49.  Be a contestant on a game show
50.  Party with a rockstar
51.  See SNL Live
52.  Go to Space
53.  Volunteer at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
54.  Attend a meditation retreat
55.  Sleep in a local village – learn about remote culture (Masai in Kenya, Hill tribe in Sapa)
56.  Learn to sail
57.  Trek the Himalayas
58.  Watch a space shuttle launch
59.  Milk a cow
60.  Visit Japan during cherry blossom season
61.  Journey through the Amazon Rain Forest
62.  Skinny dip in the Amazon
63.  Hear the Dali Lama speak
65.  Attend World Cup Match
66.  Explore Easter Island in Chile
67.  Watch the sunset and sunrise in:
1.      Zanzibar
2.      Tanah Lot Temple, Bali
3.      Mt. Bromo, Indonesia
4.      Hawaii
5.      Grundarfjordur, Iceland
68.  Drink vodka in Siberia
69.  Live in the mountains
70.  Have an out-of-body experience (astral projection)
71.  Learn sign language
72.  Visit 100 countries
73.  Drink Yerba Mate in Brazil
74.   Get Masters Degree
75.  Get PhD
76. Visit a Volcano
78. Advocate for students with special needs
79. Join the Peace Corps