If you’ve always felt like you’ve belonged everywhere in the world– all at once, you’ve found the right community.
Here, you’ll find travel itineraries that allow you to experience the world, authentically. No huge group tours, crammed tourist buses, cruise ships, or people who wear high heels to the airport for a 13 hour flight. I literally rolled my eyes as I was typing that. Instead, my fellow adventurer, you’ll find guides through iconic cities as well as the less conventionally touristy spots, tips on experiencing the world as a local and personalized travel planning.
To be completely transparent, my end goal is for you to see the world as I see it. And however I can help you get there — whether it’s helping to plan your own itinerary through Europe, or joining me and a small-group of adventurers as we make our way through Ireland — I’m here for ya.
Here we are, seemingly strangers sharing certain aspects of our lives with each other. So, to ease into our friendship I’d like to explain myself a bit.
How did this become my life?
I’ve gone to school — for a very long time, in fact some people might say for too long. Those people are right. As an excessively curious person, I found some satisfaction through my education, but it was few and far between. I have attended classes at six, yes SIX different college campuses to finish my education. I found professors that didn’t care if I passed or failed and classes of 500+ students to be not my cup o’ tea. However, I continued and graduated in January. Feel free to clap from wherever you are, it’s much appreciated.
Now, this is not a website dedicated to my education. You will find here a place where I keep my most treasured possessions — my memories. In my search for things that fill up my soul I, like many others, have discovered traveling to ease the sorrows and adversities that life offers. If you’re still reading or give a darn, I have a story for you.
My father made carvings. He could transform a hunk of wood into any damn thing. After being away for school for three years, I received a hand-carved cat with agate eyes from my father. A note inside detailing the intricacies of the cat. I had always shared with him my aspirations of seeing the whole world.
We never had much money growing up. The note inside explained that there was a hollowed out section of the cat in which to stash money for future traveling. He had already placed $300 inside.
That same semester that I received that carving, we learned that my father had stage four cancer. So, I did the only thing I knew to do. I packed what I could into my car, turn in my letter of resignation at work, applied for a leave of absence from school, put that carved cat in my front seat and drove home.
Without a whole lot of detail, the next six months were unbearably agonizing and beautiful to see. I watched my father pass and spent the most tender moments with him during those last six months. The months following were a period of determining where to go next — where to find happiness. And I ran. I ran from work and people and everything that I knew.
The money from the cat went to a plane ticket and for the next three months, I smiled.
Three months of traveling with my greatest friend left me with a sense of purpose and longing in my life. Some people never find the thing that makes them feel this, so I shan’t be letting go of this one.
What do I want to do with this passion?
In fact, this three month trip has allowed me to recognize exactly what I need to do with my passion. As soon as I returned from my trip, I got back into school and started looking for jobs that would allow me to continue traveling and sharing it with other people. My “day job” now is as a travel agent, and I’ve spent the last few year dedicated to learning the craft of building custom itineraries and planning travel that is conducive to each person’s unique style. But, I want to take it further than that. Not only do I want to plan the perfect trip for people — I want to be there to show them the world myself! So, my “night job” is here…where I’ll be able to create authentic itineraries AND take small groups of travelers out into the world!
So I find myself here, with you. And how do I resonate what I feel with you? Well, I’ll write, share photos, plan itineraries, and maybe we’ll even travel the whole damn world together.