Over Christmas break, I went on a vacation with my family. It was the first time my brother, sister, their spouses, my nephew and I had all been on a trip together. And because I am the one who has been bitten by the travel… Read More »Have I gotten too comfortable with solo?
Stories about me as a person.
Normally I solo road trip, but sometimes it’s really nice to have someone go with you. On my latest trip to south Florida, my best friend joined me. Because I knew the more expensive items like camping and fuel would be split two ways, I… Read More »Budget Travel – Everglades National Park Expense Report
Traveling solo doesn’t have to be scary, darning, or brave. I love a good solo road trip, but anytime your road trip there is an inherent risk. These five solo road trip safety tips will help you feel more secure in your decision to take… Read More »Solo road trip safety tips
With Instagram and Facebook showing us all the amazing times other people are having on vacation, sometimes it’s hard to remember that we are only seeing the highlight reel. You know, the best parts of the trip. But with social media giving everyone FOMO (fear… Read More »California trip misadventures
I was fortunate this year to still be able to take a vacation. It has been more than six months since COVID began wreaking havoc on our country. I had to change my trip dates more than once. And I wasn’t 100 percent sure I… Read More »COVID Travel Tips – travel but be mindful
While sitting around the campfire with strangers during an outdoor class, one woman said something that struck a chord with me. She said simply, but with force, “It is not safe to travel alone.” Then she said speaking to a hypothetical person, “I’m sorry. Nothing… Read More »Why traveling solo doesn’t scare me
I was fortunate this year to be able to still travel despite all the COVID unpredictabilities. However, I did have my challenges. I had to move my trip back two months and up until about the week before I was supposed to leave, I still… Read More »Budget Road Trip – California National Parks Expense Report
It’s no secret that solo travel is my jam. But every time I go somewhere alone, it’s inevitable that at least three people ask me, “Aren’t you scared?” And the truth is, I always get pre-trip jitters, but that has nothing to do with my… Read More »Why I took a Wilderness First Responder Course
My mind was racing. Is everyone OK? Where is my boat? Is it damaged? Did it sink? Did I have everything tied down properly? My cell phone, did I lose it? Clearly where I chose to go over the falls was not the best place.… Read More »Flipping out at the Whitewater Park
I stood on the bridge over the Little Missouri River where I played, swam, and let my imagination run wild as a child. I watched families wipe away tears of grief and fear as they gathered up what little of their scattered belonging they could… Read More »Changing courses, redirecting paths
When it comes to saving money on travel, I’m all about it! Many people ask me how I afford to travel so cheaply. Most of the time, the answer isn’t something they want to hear – I cut comforts. One aspect of cheap travel is… Read More »10 tips for sleeping in your car
On my 35th birthday, I celebrated by hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Two years before that, I celebrated my 33rd birthday by starting my first thru-hike. It might have been only 40 miles, but it was a thru-hike none the less. Last… Read More »Taking pause in light of COVID-19
Because I came in over budget so much on my trip to Utah and Wyoming this past summer, I had to really double down on my most recent trip. A budget travel road trip is my cup of tea because the less money I spend,… Read More »Budget travel road trip – Southern Arizona
I recently listened to a podcast where several people stated their goals for 2020. These goals included traveling to at least one new country, cycling across the United States to raise awareness for something I’ve already forgotten, and kayaking in Antarctica. In other words, not… Read More »Introducing the Right Kind Of Lost Podcast!
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to take my nephew on a ski trip. He’s 17 and the farthest west he’s been is Dallas. I wanted to show him big mountains and the vastness of the west. He’s not super outdoorsy, and let’s… Read More »Is it worth the risk? How taking calculated risks helps you grow
We all have those certain friends who say their idea of roughing it is staying at the Holiday Inn. But we really know if they got outside they would realize that adventure travel is too good to pass up! Convincing said friends to #OptOutside is… Read More »How to convince your indoorsy friends to go on an adventure with you
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know by now how much I love backpacking. But there is so much more to backpacking than sleeping under a blanket of more stars than you’ve ever seen in your life, or peaking out… Read More »Backpacking teaches us to drop the excess weight of life
There are some places that are so special that your connection to them is like the relationship with a close relative. These places might not be the amazing Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park or the famous El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, but… Read More »Connection to place to fight for wild spaces
I licked my lips in a vain attempt to put a little bit of moisture back in them, the sticky saliva immediately crusting to the edge of my mouth. I opened my mouth to make an “O” shape and ran my fingers down the edge… Read More »Mistakes and lessons of running out of water
Budget travel is the way I prefer to go. The cheaper the trip, the more trips you can take. I don’t mind giving up comforts in order to see more amazing places either. This past week, I embarked on an 11-day road trip to Utah… Read More »Budget travel – Utah/Wyoming expense report
I was in my new job for 10 months, and I’m ashamed to admit that was when I began to decorate my office. A coworker came in and comment on a picture that I had hung on the wall. It is a dramatic black and… Read More »Taking a Pause from Self Doubt to Focus on Reality
Driving around Buffalo Point Campground in the Buffalo National River and completely lost in the fog, I pulled over to check my phone for directions. Fortunately, I had just enough cell reception to retrieve them from my email. I knew I would probably be lost… Read More »Why You Need a Leave No Trace Trainer Course