10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling

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Kotor, Montenegro | September 2015

I’ve spent over 1,000 days traveling and living abroad, and while some of those days I feel equipped to run a nation, and other times, I’m a mere breakdown away from resorting to pampers, the happy medium in there reminds me that the growth has been incredible over time.

And for those who are about to embark on long-term travel for the first time, I hope this post can help give you some insight as to what there is to know about the crazy world of travel.…

How To Travel & Not Make Your Friends Jealous

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London, UK // March 2016

If you clicked this article, chances are, you can relate to going on a trip, posting about it, and feeling the subconscious guilt from friends who commented, “ugggh, JEALOUS!” or “OMG, I want your life!” or my personal favorite, “I hate you!”

Ahhh, yes. Friends are great, aren’t they?

You see, before I left my 1-year home of Barcelona last July, I went on what turned into a crazy 4-month and 10-country spree around Europe and Southeast Asia with Busabout (see my 2016 itinerary here)!…

Why Terrorism Won’t Stop Me From Traveling

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

While it’s the fear-mongering media’s job to give you the play-by-play on every negative, horrific, and terror act of the world, it’s also your job to make sure you’re countering all that toxic news to fight your impending paranoia.

With the world’s population being over 7 billion people, there will be horrible and despicable ones in the playing field.…

Dear America: Stop Feeling Awkward About Black History Month

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People join hands against the backdrop of an American flag as thousands of marchers meet in the middle of Charleston's main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Photo Credit: AP Photo // David Goldman

Dear America, stop feeling awkward about Black History Month.

You know what’s awkward? Tip-toeing around a subject that should be celebrated and praised.

Black history isn’t as simple as allocating 28-29 days of the year to acknowledge our existence in this country.

Every time this month rolls around, news outlets do their best to step up to the plate to enlighten and educate this very interesting breed of people who still don’t understand the importance of this discussion.…

I finally return to America only to be told I look like…

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My two sisters and I // Glendale, Arizona, USA
My two sisters and I // Glendale, Arizona, USA

I can’t help but secretly laugh at the irony of this situation and being told something I would only expect to hear in less progressive cities outside of the western world.

I was three days into being back on American soil (after being abroad for two years straight), trying hard to assimilate back into our consumeristic society.…

The Blog Abroad’s Top 10 Hate Comments from 2015

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Laughing, to balance out the tears I’ve cried over these hate comments // Phoenix, Arizona, USA

AWWWWW SCHNAPS?!?! GLO GOT SOME HATERS IN DA HOUSE!?!?!

‘Tis true, my friends. ‘Tis true.

And as I sit here typing this from fetal position in the corner of an abandoned basement, lonely and comforted by the company of my lingering constipation due to such sh*tty comments, I just have to wonder what I did to attract such hate from these nobodies people.…

Why Counting Your Countries Doesn’t Always Make You A D*ck

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Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos

“365 countries, 12 continents, 1 billion cities, 2 planets, and counting!”

…one might read on a douchey traveler’s Instagram bio.

There’s always a heavy debate within the travel community about why you should or shouldn’t count your countries. And even if you secretly did, why that number doesn’t need to be flaunted around like a status symbol.…

6 Discoveries After 6 Months as a Full-Time Travel Blogger

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Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, Austria

6 months ago, I left my year-long home of Barcelona and packed my life into a small, boxed suitcase, backpack, and purse, and set out on an indefinite journey to pursue my, once hobby of travel blogging, as a full-time career.

Through the laughs, tears, and inevitable stretches of perpetual brokeness, I’ve discovered so much.…

10 Ways To Make A Cat-Calling Experience More Enjoyable (Less Creepy)

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Wearing a dress in public, so clearly I’m asking for it (NOT)

Cat-calling. The foolproof way to spot men who were dropped on their heads multiple times as babies.

As a solo traveler, I’ve encountered them in every shape and size, as they shamelessly pursue and annoy the living crap out of women who are simply minding their own business.…

ADULTING: Why it’s not for me

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Pictures provided by: Snapchat (username – GL0; with a zero)

Ever since I turned 18 and was penetrated by adulthood and infected with HIV (Highly Irresponsible Virus) sans lube, it’s been an exhausting cycle of getting screwed daily.

Being excited on my birthday before remembering I'm only adding another line onto my tally of failed adulthood years.
Being excited on my birthday before remembering I’m only adding another line to my tally of failed years of adulthood.

PRAGUE: My Least Favorite City in Europe

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I never thought I’d ever make a post about a city I hated, because quite frankly, I’m an easy pleaser that’s what she said, and it really doesn’t take much to make me happy (take note, future hubby!). But I’ve been asked this question before, and I never truly had an answer until now.

I’ve had my qualms with British and French authority, but for the most part, it takes a lot for me to flat out say, “I HATE THIS CITY”.

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