Our Round-the-World Backpacking Adventure

On January 18, 2017, my boyfriend Andy and I said goodbye to the U.S. and embarked on our round-the-world backpacking journey.  We’ve now been traveling for over two months, and I intend to catch up and post about each destination! First, though, some notes about the trip itself.

The Reason

From infancy, I’ve always been a curious person, and starting flying on planes before my first birthday.  An interest in travel was all but guaranteed.  My family traveled domestically (and later, internationally); I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain; I taught abroad in Daegu, South Korea, post-graduation.  During all of these pursuits, I met others from around the globe and was inspired by many of their (seemingly ordinary) travels.  Being an American office-worker, trips of over 10-11 days seemed out of reach… something only a European or Australian could really dream of.  I was working as a DC fundraiser and wanted to see more of the world, and for longer stretches of time – so I could really dig deep into the local food, culture and countryside.  And so – a plan was born… Andy and I would go backpacking around the world.  Consider it a sabbatical from the working world.

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Us with all of our possessions on our backs.
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5 Top Travel Tips for Any Destination

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For the month of November, I’ll be participating in BootsnAll‘s Indie Travel Challenge.  Click here to go to the beginning.

Some of the best and worst experiences of your life can be made while traveling. I’ve definitely made a lot of mistakes over the years, but being prepared for any situation and planning ahead can significantly improve any trip. Here are my five top travel tips for any trip, no matter the destination.

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