I’m not going on vacation

It’s common in Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world to take a “gap year,” whether in between school and college, or after college before entering the work force. In the US, it’s not so common–but it should be. Long-term solo travel, whether as a gap year, or as a lifestyle, teaches personal responsibility and self-reliance. You learn to… Read more →


Goosebumps & Butterflies

Ninety days from today, I land in Sydney, Australia to begin my one year Working Holiday. 90 seems like a big number, but when you consider I first made the decision to move to Oz over 8 months ago, it’s a very short amount of time. Am I nervous? You bet. Scared? Of course. Excited? You’d better believe it. Yesterday,… Read more →

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”

–Henry David Thoreau


Suddenly real…

Today, I clicked the button. What’s so hard about clicking a button? Most of us click lots of buttons every day. In fact, I do, too. This button, however, wasn’t just any ordinary button. This button committed me to a life-altering change. I purchased my one way ticket to Australia. Non-refundable. That single click is, I think, one of the… Read more →

WordPress Cupcakes

A Decade of Pressing Words

Ten years ago today, I published my first blog post using WordPress,* just 10 months after the platform’s initial release. It was a scary road back then. You had to create your own theme, there were no plugins, and we hacked core (!) to no limit. It’s kind of cool how a blog post like that one can be just… Read more →

The road traveled.

Not all who wander are lost

I was born to be an explorer. As a baby, I climbed all the way to the top of my family’s stand-up piano. From that perspective, it was like climbing Everest. Luckily, when I fell off of it, I managed to fall back down the front, and not over the back, which would’ve meant tumbling down a flight of stairs.… Read more →


Devil in the details

Have you ever looked into applying for a visa for another country? As you’d expect, there are a lot of details to keep track of. Luckily, Australia’s immigration department keeps everything online, and it’s not that confusing. On top of the cost of the visa (A$420) and the requirement of sufficient funds (A$5000), there are a lot of required documents… Read more →


One Way Ticket

I love to travel. Almost everyone who has met me knows this to be true. In any conversation, I usually find a way to talk about where I’ve just been, or where I’m going next. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up, what I get distracted thinking about during the day, and the last thing I… Read more →