Tips for Surviving the (Awesome) Craziness of Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech.  The city whose name I was never sure if it was spelled with a ‘C’ or ‘S’ (turns out, C=English spelling, S=French spelling).  The city that is dusty, crowded, invasive, hectic, overwhelming, uncomfortable, confusing. AND FILLED WITH SO MUCH AWESOME. Initial Fears Initially, I’ll admit, I was scared about going to Morocco.  I remember sitting in my hostel in Sevilla, Spain, conducting HOURS of research, trying to figure out Continue reading Tips for Surviving the (Awesome) Craziness of Marrakech, Morocco

The Downsides of Long Term Travel

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to do some incredible things during my dabble in long term travel.  From trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp, to SCUBA diving between tectonic plates in Iceland, to hiking the Great Wall of China and becoming a beach bum on the island of Koh Lanta in Thailand. I wouldn’t trade a single second of anything I’ve done in the past 13 months. Continue reading The Downsides of Long Term Travel

My Worst Hostel Experience (so far)

I have to say, I’ve had pretty decent luck with hostels so far.  They aren’t the usual dingy hole-in-the-walls that they used to be, with a reputation for uncleanliness and lack of safety.  These days many hostels are making their way towards ’boutique hostels’, which are actually more like hotels. I’ve had hostels with free breakfast, privacy curtains, individual plugs and lamps for each bed, your own locker for your Continue reading My Worst Hostel Experience (so far)

Look Up (At the World Around You)

Ironically enough a friend of Facebook shared this the other day and I think it’s brilliant. I don’t want to ruin it, so just watch.  Trust me. Makes you think doesn’t it? How much of our time do we spend looking down instead of up?  Too much.  I’m completely guilty of this as well.  I have tried over the past few months to put my phone down more but it’s Continue reading Look Up (At the World Around You)

I want to see you be BRAVE

The bravest thing I have ever done is decide that I was going to leave the field I’d worked so hard to get into for an uncertain life of travel. It would have been all too easy to stay where I was. I liked my job (most days). I’d wanted to be a marine mammal trainer since I was little. After years of research, volunteering, internships, blood, sweat, and tears Continue reading I want to see you be BRAVE