I am proud to be a part of such a free-spirited generation, and anyone who knows me will say that I am far-from-shy about encouraging wanderlust and the passionate pursuit of dreams. Travel is such a valuable experience that opens up our eyes to the beautiful diversity of the world, and I am so thankful for the platform that Pages of My Passport has given me to help others explore the planet. Read on for some inspiration on 6 different adventures that are perfect for you 20-somethin's out there.
Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I can't help but be a hiking enthusiast myself. I'm thankful to be from an area with so many great trails, such as those at Mount Baker, but I also love finding new treks while abroad. Some of my personal favorites have been Roy's Peak in New Zealand, Cruz Loma in Ecuador, and The Dolomite Mountains in Italy. I have collaborated with several other travel bloggers to create a list of 14 awesome trails around the world that you will definitely want to add to your hiking bucket-list.
Ready for a feeling of accomplishment and a view that takes your breath away? You must stop in Wanaka and make the trek to the summit of Roy's Peak during your New Zealand road-trip!
I have to admit that prior to traveling, I had never really possessed a strong interest in art. That gradually began to change, first while experiencing the political nature of Bogota's street art scene. I grew more passionate when some Italian friends began explaining to me the symbolism behind the religious paintings in Tuscany. I'm not by any means an art expert, but I do enjoy learning about it, and I've been fortunate to have visited some of the world's most beautiful and creative cities.
Hey guys! So December marks one year since I first arrived in Australia, and even though I'm excited to spend Christmas in the States for the first time in 5 YEARS, I have to admit that I've been daydreaming of the days filled with salty hair, sandy toes, and Australia's sunny skies... Below are 5 of my favorite beaches from the Gold Coast - all are accessible via the city's "Light Rail" or public bus system with a preloaded transportation "Go Card."
Well, it has been 8 months of nearly non-stop travel. Every page of my leather bound journal, including scribbles in the margins and inside covers, is now filled completely with memories documenting this journey across four continents. My travels have not at all gone “according to plan,” but I suppose that the Lord’s plans tend to be different and better than my own anyways. I hadn’t expected to be able to visit both Australia and New Zealand this winter, but I am really thankful for the experiences that I’ve had here and all that I have learned.
In a few days, I will be boarding a plane and on my way back to Italy. After months of discovering new cities and countries, this will be my first time returning to something familiar.
I’m happy to see my friends and Italian family once again, to get reconnected at church, and to settle down for awhile in the small medieval town that I have called home. ...And I can’t lie - I’m really looking forward to reuniting with espressos, gelato, cappuccinos, pizza, wine…and pasta, pasta, pasta! I’ll also be back in language school, and I’m hoping to continue improving my conversation skills.
Well, I have to say that I am a bit sad to leave Gold Coast, the city I have called home for the last few months. My last week here since we got back from Melbourne has been great. I've been to the beach, went up to Brisbane to see a friend and hangout in the city, took a surf lesson and fell completely in love with the sport (see photos here), and today went up to the top of the Q1 Building with a friend for a final look out over the city. Tomorrow will be filled with packing and last minute errands, and then I'm off! I will definitely miss this country, but I am also really excited for new adventures in New Zealand - Hiking, camping, kayaking, and (hopefully) more surfing here I come!!
Well, I've just arrived back "home" to the Gold Coast after a week-long vacation in Melbourne. What an incredible city! I have fallen completely in love - I highly recommend it as a must-see destination to all of my fellow traveler friends. There is so much culture packed into this hipster city. There are hidden alleys filled with quirky restaurants and cafes and tons of street art. The food and coffee is delicious, and the music from the many "buskers" (Aussie lingo for street performers) is great! I'm glad I got to spend a week here, although I feel like I could spend months in the city, and still discover new alleys and hole-in-the-wall places to eat or get a drink every day. Some highlights from my trip were Hosier Lane, The Old Melbourne Gaol, and the time I had to just wander the streets and explore. We also made a day trip's drive along The Great Ocean Road, which was beautiful! Check out more from Melbourne here, and from The Great Ocean Road here.
So today one of my childhood dreams came true and I finally got to visit Sea World for the first time (although when I was younger, I hadn't expected to go in Australia.) Anyways, I was super excited, and the Affinity Dolphin Show left me dreaming about being a dolphin trainer someday ;) Oh, and I discovered that sharks still give me the creeps, even when they are inside of a glass tank.
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.