I grew up on the North Slope of Alaska, in a little village called Barrow. Since I could remember, geography, travel, and reading always peaked my curiosity. I’ve always been the one who wanted to leave because I felt that there was something more out there. To go to strange new places, to experience a type of magic I always longed for. To put my book or magazine down, turn the tv off, and just go. To see things with my own eyes instead of the eyes of others. I wanted to make my own opinions.
And I did. I went off on a two year sabbatical on my own, traveling to over 50 countries, standing on 6 continents, and exploring through 25 of the US States. I’ve seen things that changed my life. I’ve understood what realities people in this world face every day. But I also felt things I can not begin to explain.
Travel has humbled me. It’s opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart to things that were different from what I believed were right. I met friends in the most random places, found family in strangers, and shared many memories with people who I crossed paths with. I experienced magic in a way I thought was not possible and ended up in places I didn’t know existed.
As you read through my journey, the good and the bad. I want you to remember that anyone can travel, if you want to go, then go. Every second is a missed opportunity, don’t allow yourself to be the reason why you didn’t do it. In my blog, I will share stories, guides, and tips to make travel easier for you and I hope that one day you will see that traveling is one of the best things you can ever do for yourself.
The Girl’s Adventures
“Stephanie, you’re so lucky. How do you afford to travel for so long?” Well first off, I don’t blame anyone for being curious as to how I made this possible. The answer is very simple, but I have to clear the air. I am not lucky. I didn’t get plane tickets handed to me. I didn’t… Continue reading
How did that happen? I’ve been out of the country for a year already? I don’t even know what to say. I don’t feel like I’ve been gone for that long. I swear I was just at home packing my bags, gathering my documents, and hoping everything would go as planned. I didn’t know what… Continue reading
We got into a taxi and I pointed to a spot on the map, “Lan Kwai Fong.” The driver started to drive and the rain sprinkled. After experiencing the rain at the peak, I was ready for it to shower. He pulled up on the side of he road and pointed us into a direction… Continue reading
I feel like every person who comes to Australia on a working holiday tend to have the same expectation when they come here, but end up having a whole different experience. You’re torn between two choices: travel or work. Though most people decide to explore what this great country has to offer and go on… Continue reading
Navigate Around The Globe
There are many dreams that I want to bring to life. What I did was create a bucket list to remind myself of the experiences I’d like to live through as I create them into my own realities. Once I complete each experience, I will cheerfully cross it off of my bucket list and make… Continue reading