I’m a big believer in doing what you love, and I love to travel. From canoeing down a river in the Ecuadorian Amazon to standing in awe in front of the Taj Mahal, I’ve been lucky enough to have some incredible experiences. When I’m not out seeing the world at large, I can usually be found in Southern California, a place full of its own adventures.
Animals also have a very special place in my heart and I try to incorporate as many animal experiences as possible into my trips. Volunteering at sanctuaries is my favorite way to give back. So far I have cared for elephants in Thailand, monkeys in South Africa, and kangaroos in Australia. In the U.S., I’ve volunteered at sanctuaries for everyone from lions and tigers to native California wildlife to rescued farmed animals. I’ve contributed to conservation research in the Amazon and wrote my Masters thesis in Sri Lanka. And I’m just getting started!
I’m doing my best to break free from “what is expected of me” and truly experience life. I live each day as an adventure and don’t believe in “once in a lifetime experiences” (who says you only get one?!). I often travel alone and hope I can inspire others who want to see the world but don’t have a travel partner. It’s not as scary as you think!
After spending a year acquiring new student loans and a few more working in the non-profit sector, I’m now traveling on a much smaller budget. I’m hoping to help dispel the myth that travel is expensive and something that needs to be deferred until you are “more financially secure.” I know that things will work themselves out. If you focus on a goal and set your priorities accordingly, you can do anything you want. Make the big decisions and the rest will fall into place.
For me, the big decision is this: say yes to travel.