I finished college at UC Davis, and took off as fast as I could. I backpacked for a year, and then landed a job on the Galapagos Islands teaching little humans, and during my time off got to explore much of the islands and the mainland. I squeezed in a trip to Japan and then to Australia before relocating to Guatemala, which has become my home since. I counted once, I think I’ve lived in 10 countries throughout my life. Something like that.
Somewhere in the middle of the Pacific… Galápagos ❤️
But since I’ve grown roots in this beautiful Antigua, I hadn’t really done much “backpacking.” Don’t get me wrong, I travel often, especially to meet with artisans, but this leisurely “traveling for the sake of traveling,” not so much. And so I took a little vacation at the end of 2016, and had such an amazing time I visiting places that I hadn’t been to in a while:
Laguna Chicabal, one of my favorite places.
Hiking from Xela to Lake Atitlán with Quetzaltrekkers. Photo: Abby Price (our awesome guide)
It got pretty cold at night during the hike!
The Ceiba Tree ❤️
And, of course, Tikal.
It was a good reminder: I love to travel. (There’s even this ExOfficio video about how much I love to travel.) I grew roots, and that’s great, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get out more just to “travel for the sake of traveling.” Right?
2017 – I’m looking forward to the adventures that lay ahead. Because I still get Wanderlust, and I think that’s just part of me forever.