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I had done some trips here and there after graduating college. I spent 10 days in Bahrain visiting an old coworker. I stayed at an all-inclusive in the Dominican Republic for one week, but only left the resort once for a ziplining day trip. I had a blast on these trips, but afterwards, I just went back to my usual life in Denver, Colorado.
In September 2016, my coworker, her husband, my brother, and I took an epic trip to Germany with the main purpose of experiencing the famous Oktoberfest in Munich. We started off in Berlin, rented a car, drove south to Munich, and was able to really immerse ourselves into the local culture along the way.
The day before we headed back to the States, I remember thinking,
“How am I supposed to go back to my regular life after this?! There is so much that I want to see and do and experience in this world.”
I told my brother I wasn’t sure if I was going to get on the plane in the morning to which he replied, “Yeah right. You have a job to go back to.”
I did board the flight, but when I returned to work, I just couldn’t shake this overwhelming desire and need for travel. I spent the next two weeks combing through travel blogs. It practically became an obsession of mine as I spent all my time at work researching long term travel. I ultimately made a two year plan of how I would save enough money to be able to take off for one year to travel the world.
Fate soon entered my life.
Meet Brittany and Michael. A successful couple in their late 20’s and mid-30’s living in Denver, working hard so they can buy the nicest cars, nicest clothes, nicest house, etc. One day in August 2016, Brittany looked around and realized she was tired of living this consumer lifestyle.
Soon thereafter began the plans to uproot their current life to travel and live through Asia and Australia with a much simpler lifestyle. Within three months, they had rented out their house fully furnished through May 2017, pawned their dog off on one of their friends, packed four outfits per person in two backpacks, and hopped onto a plane en route to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
After five and a half months overseas, the family was ready to go back home to Denver, Colorado. I, on the other hand, was not. I had just begun to see parts of this amazing world and was nowhere near ready to stop.
I continued to nanny Chloe (4 years old) and Hunter (9 months old) with the understanding I would be leaving after the summer to pursue traveling on my own. I later extended to the end of September as I wanted a bit more money saved up and had a great lodging opportunity.
On October 12, 2017, I boarded a plane in Omaha and headed back to Asia to begin my solo female travel journey for an undetermined amount of time.
As you read through this adventure travel blog, you’ll quickly find out that I’m different from other travelers. I’m a thrill seeker and an adrenaline junkie. I love going on adventures. I love immersing myself into the local culture. I love doing things that most other travelers don’t.
Instead of taking a flight from Manila to Boracay, I took an overnight ferry and was woken up by the cleaners telling me I needed to get off the boat. Instead of renting a scooter in Chiang Mai, I purchased one, got a Thai motorbike license, and even registered the bike in my name.
Instead of flying from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, I took a 10 hour bus. Instead of eating at restaurants, you can find me sitting on the sidewalk on a plastic chair made for a four year old trying to figure out how to eat soup with chopsticks.
These are my adventures. These are my stories.
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