What is one of your favorite travel memories so far?
Ah! I may have too many but I’ll try my best to come up with just one.
One of my all-time favorite travel memories was taking a risk to go on a trip through Morocco with someone I knew for only about a week. It was beyond crazy but one of the most beautiful trips I’ve ever done. It was in the 1st month of my travels and it’s wild to think such a powerful, meaningful experience happened so early on.
I traveled through the Sahara desert, fell in love a little bit, and saw mystical + hidden gems of Morocco that I would have never seen on my own. Because of this trip, I felt the confirmation that I needed to keep traveling to have these epic experiences. Experiences that I will now carry with me forever.
What is traveling full-time like?
Traveling full-time is a life full of having extreme highs and lows. I rarely feel life is just coasting by as it was when I was living in LA. There are times where I am in ultimate bliss about going on a beautiful adventure in a new place. Then there are days where I get frustrated, really lost, and get sad about missing out on things with my family and friends. This lifestyle is not for everyone, but works perfect for me right now.
Do you ever doubt yourself?
Yes! But lately I’ve worked on jumping through it and giving a lot fewer f*cks about doubting myself (not perfect, but getting better at this as time goes on). If I let doubt drive my actions, nothing would ever get done. When I feel fear taking over, I imagine myself jumping off a cliff. Once I jump I cannot go back and I have to go at it 100%.
From someone just starting out in the blogging and social media world, how do you first start attracting your audience?
The most important thing when you are first starting out is consistency! Consistency with blogging, putting out content on a regular basis, and staying true to who you are. When I first started out in this blogging world, I blogged 2 times a week and did that consistently for over a year. It allowed me to have a library of content here where my readers can go through to read more than one post at a time. Now, my posts are less consistent which I hope to change as I move into a new type of travel content.
In regards to building an audience on social media, it is also about posting consistently and choosing only a couple platforms to post from. When you try to post on all platforms all the time – you will get burned out! Find the platforms you love and the platforms where your potential audience is hanging out on and go there. My go-to platforms are Instagram and Pinterest. Find what works for you.
Where do you find friendships and connections when you are on your own?
I challenge myself to get out of my social comfort zone to meet new people. I make an effort to talk to people in a cafe, co-work space, or anywhere else. When you meet one or two people, it’s easier to meet their friends and connections and before you know it you have a group of friends in a new city.
I’ve met a lot of people through Instagram, Facebook, or friends connecting me with someone who’s also in the same city. I thrive off human connection so it’s important for me to be around people often.
It’s a balance between putting yourself out there but also being ok with being solo. I’ve gone through times where I’m around people 24 hours a day for 2 weeks and then times where I don’t have a real conversation with someone for days. I really believe it’s about going with the flow and being open to whatever comes to you.
There are many ways you can meet people online and offline.
How do you pick the next city to travel to?
When I first started out on my travels, I was in a program that had a set itinerary. That was over 6 months ago so now, I really do follow my intuition on where I should go next. Since I’ve been traveling for a year now, I’ve met so many new nomadic friends so I try to choose a place where I know some people.
Have you traveled to many countries alone? And if so, did you feel safer in some vs. others?
Yes, I’ve traveled to several places alone. Traveling alone is something quite new for me as I’ve traveled to more places with either friends or a boyfriend at the time. I can now say that I do love traveling alone. I love calling the shots and I think traveling alone opens you up to meeting more people than you would if you were with someone else.
I’ve felt pretty safe in all places I’ve traveled to. I’ve had one not so good experience a couple years ago and I know I won’t ever be going back to that country. Not telling you which one because I’m sure your experience will not be the same as mine.
Do you ever get homesick? If so, how do you deal with it?
Yes! I did a lot in the 1st 4 months of traveling and would come and go in spurts. My homesickness would get triggered in full force when I would hear or see what my friends back home were doing without me. Christmas was a challenging time but spending it with friends I loved help immensely.
Also dealing with being homesick or FOMO is something that I dealt with in the beginning. Now since I know what it’s like to be home and see more pros in living my nomadic lifestyle at the moment, I feel more secure in my travels. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel homesick every now and then but I’ve learned to face the feeling head on. If I ignore the feeling then it will come back like an ugly monster hiding under the bed!
What are the 3 things you miss most from home in LA?
My dog, my friends + family, and tacosssss!
How do you finance your travels?
I think there’s sometimes a misconception that I’m endlessly on vacation… and I’m far from it usually. I work while I travel as a photographer and social media manager which finances my travel and nomadic lifestyle. My personal bills aren’t high as I don’t have a home base right now. This means I don’t pay rent anywhere consistently on top of my traveling expenses. I live out of airbnbs (mostly), sublets, hotels, or stay with friends along the way. I spend around same amount of money as I did when I was living full-time in LA… and much less when I’m in Asia.
What country is next on your bucket list?
Japan! I am hoping to go in Spring 2018 🙂
What is your favorite city in the world?
How do you tap into your creativity when you feel like you’re in a rut?
Ok, this is my favorite question! Probably because I’ve been in a rut more times than not and tried a lot of ways to drag myself out. PS – Dragging yourself out never really works but being gentle, kind and compassionate does.
If you do get in a rut, don’t force yourself to do anything you don’t want to do. Of course, sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do but be compassionate to yourself. Listen to what this rut or bad feelings are trying to tell you.
Creativity is a wild thing. Inspiration comes and goes when you least expect it. When the magical inspiration fairy comes to visit you, take her by hand and dance with her until she decides to move on. She’ll be back – don’t worry!
How did you prepare for your long journey of travel?
When I first set out to travel, I had the idea I would be back. Although I thought this, preparing for my long time away felt like a full-time job. Selling my car, canceling/transferring over bills I no longer needed and making sure all the loose ends were tied up completely was not what I expected. Be sure to set aside enough time to take care of things before you go. I think I was down to the last second with preparation. #StressedSally
What is dating like while traveling? Is it hard to make lasting connections?
Yes and no! As you may or may not know, I recently got out of a long-term relationship when I first started traveling a year ago so it’s been interesting getting back into dating… and doing it while on the go. I’ve gone back and forth during my travels this past year with wanting something long-term or not. If I were to have something long-term it would have to be someone with the same nomadic lifestyle as me. Dating while traveling has been one of the major parts of my personal growth this past year. Yes, it can be hard to make lasting connections but that’s the nature of not having a place I call home… yet.
Tinder has been a great tool for meeting new people. I know it gets a bad rep for being “the hookup app”, but I believe it is whatever you choose to make of it. If you’re traveling I highly recommend giving it go, you never know what you’ll find 😉 Go get em’ tiger!
What was it like coming home after traveling and being away for so long?
It was the most difficult thing about this entire journey! I came home for visit after about 10 months of travel and it was nothing like I expected. I will write more on this later, but I was not prepared for all the emotions that happened during my time home. I was in serious need of feeling grounded after being nomadic for so long. I got my love bucket filled so I could go out again on my journey. I bought my ticket home on a whim because I needed to see and hug familiar faces. I was feeling a bit lost so being home brought out every emotion – even some I didn’t know I had. I felt a lot of regret for traveling which is something I had to face and uncover… but more on this later, I promise!
During my time home, I learned that I can find “home” within myself everywhere I go. I know that sounds seriously cheesy, but if I am at home with myself I can feel more grounded and at peace with the journey ahead.
If you are planning to go home after a long time away, be extremely patient and compassionate with yourself.
What are 3 things you cannot travel without?
My camera, journal, and photos/videos of memories + people I love that I can look back on.
Does the world feel smaller or larger the more you travel?
Both! The more I travel the more I discover new places I want to go next. Also smaller because no matter what country you’re from – we all laugh, cry, eat food, fart (Well… I personally don’t fart if anyone is wondering haha).
What are your favorite Instagram accounts for travel inspiration?
How do you follow your intuition while traveling? Has following your intuition ever led you somewhere that you didn’t want to be?
I follow my intuition by following what feels good to me and trusting it. It all started with learning how to get in touch with my intuition and having confidence that it would lead me to the right places. I’ve done this with meditation, journaling, and checking in with my body to see how it feels when something is right and how it feels when something is not good for me. Whenever you have a wonderful and synchronistic experience, be sure to ground yourself there and take note of what it feels like in your body. Also, try to notice what your body feels like when something is not right. This will help you get more in touch with your intuition.
Listen to that small voice that is speaking truth and love to you. This is not to be confused with the fear-based voice we have alongside it. It may take some time to get in touch with this but start with small things – like going a different way home if you feel like it, eating foods that make your body feel good, or anything else that you feel guided to.
Once I’ve tuned into my what my intuition was guiding me to do (not my fear), I haven’t been led astray. The only time I get in unaligned situations is when I don’t listen to my intuition. I sometimes don’t listen on purpose because I’m a natural rebel and also a human 😉