In 2009, I embarked on a journey. I left my home in California to begin graduate school in the UK and at that moment, life changed. Since that time, I have had an amazing opportunity to see the world, meet incredible and inspiring people, and enjoy experiences that I never thought possible. As you’ll see from my experiences, it doesn’t take a lot of money, just some planning, a bit of flexibility and willingness to take everything – even the one-star hotels in Istanbul — as an exciting learning experience.
Bon voyage, travelers!
A little bit about the traveler in me:
I’m a California native currently living in the Caribbean on the island of Anguilla. My adventures started while I was living in London as a graduate student and continued after I moved to San Francisco with my then-boyfriend (now husband). With an amazing opportunity to continue our life in the Caribbean, we jumped at the chance and packed our bags to set sail on a new adventure.
We’re at a fantastic point in my life where we have no ties to any particular part of the world and a plethora of adventures awaiting our arrival. I’m a planner by nature but have rather loved being able to take opportunities as they’ve arisen. My new vow is to take life one day at a time and let the world open up its doors and pull me in the right direction.
In addition to chronicling my adventures, I hope this blog will serve to inspire other travelers looking to embark on their personal journeys. With a bit of resourcefulness, planning and creativity, it’s much more doable than it seems.
Have passport, will travel.
A little bit about the student in me:
I completed my graduate studies during an incredible year at the London School of Economics where I received my Masters in Social Policy and Development. That experience — that journey — was the catalyst in starting this blog and in chronicling my adventures and thoughts. My primary interest lies in the realm of international development with a particular focus on global health. Sub-Saharan Africa has always held my attention and I have focused heavily on the areas of HIV/AIDS, global health, basic education for social development, and refugees/IDP-related issues. In Anguilla, I serve on the board of the Omololu International School and have pioneered the Pack for a Purpose initiative between the Frangipani Beach Resort and the Blowing Point Youth Development Center.
Though I have completed my formal education (for the time being at least), I find one of the best parts of traveling and exploring new cultures is the ability to constantly learn and grow as a student of the world.