My favorite & most memorable experiences have been the ones that are the most nitty gritty & the least “glamorous.” The 3 day, $30 “all-inclusive” journey down the Peruvian Amazon River in a cargo ship. The overnight volcano hiking trip, in which I hiked up & down two volcanos-- one of them erupting at least once per minute. One of the most challenging but rewarding hikes I've ever done. Stories for future blog … [Read more...] about Here’s Why Living Minimally Is Not “Glamorous”
I love to travel as much as possible for as long as possible. I am also a pharmacist who went to school for 7 years to get a doctorate in pharmacy & have a profession. After the question, “how did you save money to quit your 40 hour per week job & travel?” the second most frequently asked question is, “what kind of job do you have that allows you to travel for so long & so often??” I usually respond to that question with “I have … [Read more...] about How I became a traveling pharmacist
This blog post may contain affiliate marketing links. “This is not a cruise, this is an expedition.” That was the opening line of our trip, delivered by Sara, the fearless leader of the expedition team. I’m sure people are wondering what the draw towards Antarctica is. After all, isn't it just a lot of snowy white space? I exhausted glacier viewing & hiking in Patagonia & checked penguins off of my bucket list in Punta Arenas. I … [Read more...] about Antarctica: “This is not a cruise, this is an expedition”
One of the many stops on the backpacker route in Patagonia is the last city of Ushuaia. Ushuaia is also known as “El Fin Del Mundo,” the end of the world-- it is considered the southernmost city in the world & the place where the road ends. Although there is not much for a budget traveler to find in Ushuaia, there are a few free hiking trails & glaciers in the area. It's also fun to say that you have stood at “El Fin Del Mundo.” The … [Read more...] about Am I Really Going To Antarctica??
When people think of Patagonia, they typically think of the spectacular hiking & opportunities for glacier viewing in Torres Del Paine National Park of Chile. Every year between October & April, thousands of tourists travel from all over the globe to attempt to backpack one of the famous routes in Torres Del Paine, “The W.” As of the October 2016, multi-day trekking in Torres Del Paine is no longer as simple as showing up in Puerto … [Read more...] about All About Hiking “The W” & Torres Del Paine, Chile
The question on everyone’s mind seems to be, “How did you save money to quit your 40 hour a week job & travel??” The decision to leave my family, friends, & job security was a difficult one, but my desire to see the world eventually outweighed the desire to stay. After graduation, my student loans seemed overwhelming, but I was fortunate to land a job right out of school. Everyone has a different route to achieving freedom. Here are … [Read more...] about How I Quit My Job To Travel
I don't know how many times my dad & other friends & family asked the question. My go-to response was a shrug & “why not?” There's an idea that most South American countries are unfit for the solo traveler, unclean, always hot & sticky, rough, & full of drugs & violent crime-- as if all of South America is devoid of law & order & modern conveniences. What I have discovered is both similar & vastly different … [Read more...] about Why Do You Want To Go To South America??
I met Core, a spunky, 22-year-old solo adventurer from Holland, one night in Pucón, Chile while out having a few beers with a group of people from my hostel. She told me she was heading to Bariloche, Argentina to do a multi-day trek. I told her that I also wanted to camp & hike. Just like that, we became instant friends making plans together. Core & I planned our 2 night/3 day trekking trip from Bariloche, Argentina in Northern … [Read more...] about The Most Dangerous Hike I’ve Ever Done