This year alone, I’ve traveled to 20 countries and 6 continents.  I think it’s safe to say I’ve covered a lot of ground.  I live for the moments that you can’t put into words, the kind that money can’t buy.

Needless to say, while I’ve been galavanting around the globe and living abroad, I’ve changed – because travel changes who you are.  It shapes your thinking, ignites your creativity and awakens your soul.

So, what are you waiting for?  Remember, you can always make more money.  You can’t get time back.

Clothes Lisbon Portugal

I Lost My Pants In Lisbon

For the first time in many months, cities and continents, I felt settled in Lisbon.  This city has been the closest thing to home since I left Minneapolis and for anyone that’s been following along on this journey, that is something big.  As much as I’ve loved being on the go seeing new places and things,…

Lisbon Portugal

Portugal is Paradise & I May Never Leave

Pairs Well With…Sunshine + Portuguese Egg Tarts + Blue Waters + Magic of the City As I sit in the living room of my apartment in Portugal, windows open, sun shining in, church bells ringing, and the rumble of the 28 line (yellow tram) below me, I realize that these simple pleasures are what I…

graffiti belgrade serbia

Same, Same…But WAY Different (My European Welcome)

Pairs Well With…Getting it together + Cultural Adaptation + New Continent I’m happy to report that after one week of hiding out, stomping feet, being yelled at by little old ladies and on the verge of a major breakdown in Belgrade, I’ve survived and have resurfaced.  No, really. Last week, it felt like the world…

Elephant Sanctuary Chiang Mai Thialand

Thailand’s Top 10 Thrills & Things to Do

Thailand came in as the front-runner of my four months in Asia.  I loved everything about it.  From food to adventures to the people, it was an amazing, eye-opening and an unforgettable part of my travels.  When you’re standing with an elephant who wants to play with you or on one of the most beautiful…

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

The Best of Asia In Pictures

Pairs Well With…Asia adventures + 4-month time span + the most amazing memories + even better people My time in Asia came and went with a quickness.  Four months of my life passed by in the blink of an eye, and it seems like just yesterday that I left home on my one year journey…

Bangkok Thailand Skyline

Awww, Phuket. I’m Ready for Bangkok (The Final Asia Stop)

Pairs Well With… “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head AND….my 100th post!!!!! Bangkok. The city of smiles, pad thai, fried scorpions (that apparently taste better than french fries, or so I hear)…and lady boys.  Bangkok is fantastic and offers a bit of relief from some of the hardships we experienced in Cambodia.  Bangkok, I love…

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Cambodia’s 15 Most Cultural & Captivating Activities

Cambodia is nothing less than a cultural mecca and, like it or not, you’re going to get a big dose of culture (and reality) here whether you want one or not. Coming into this month, I was longing for a culture that consumed me – and this one did.  In fact, it chewed me up…

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The Day I Took A Tuk

Pairs Well With…International Travel + Carin’s fetish for taking over motorized vehicles in other countries It’s not unusual that I borrow things that aren’t mine, but I usually always give them back. Case in point borrowed clothes, money…and the float that I stole in Rio during carnival. (Yes, this did indeed happen.) It’s even better…

Arm wrestle fight

You Can Have My Fried Rice, But I’m Not Goin’ Out Like That

Pairs Well With…”Goin’ Down For Real” by Flo Rida If you’ve ever gotten robbed, and we’re not talking about losing your dignity at the bar last Saturday night, it might have felt like your world flashed before your eyes in slow motion.  In those seconds when it’s all going down for real, it seems like…

Phnom Penh Cambodia Skyline

Toto, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore (Phnom Penh Is Where Sh*t Gets Real)

Pairs Well With…Poverty + Change + Rebuilding  Let’s talk month three: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The first 24 hours were a shit show, and I had my first mini meltdown.  Lack of sleep coming back from Australia certainly played a part, but there’s something about reacclimating to a new country month after month that is both…