I get paid to travel the world. Here are the 7 biggest lessons I’ve learned.

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This is what 28 looks like! Apparently it IS possible to still make something of your life without a 5-year plan?! What is this sorcery? // Cappadocia, Turkey

I woke up in Turkey this morning, my 61st country. Ringing in 28 beautifully messy years on this planet. Warning: this post is gonna get pretty raw, so get ready for some brutal honesty, painful vulnerability, and striking revelations.…

I’ve seen a third of the world’s countries, these are my 10 favorite…

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The Best Way To See Peru + Machu Picchu
Huacachina, Peru

When I think about how much beauty around the world I’ve been blessed to see across 60+ countries on 6 continents, I can’t help but have every destination flash before my eyes.

But it’s no secret that there are some places that tug at your heart just a little stronger than others.

This list might change by the year or even month, but as of January 2018, these are my current thoughts on the most-coveted question of which countries are my favorite.…

4th Anniversary of TheBlogAbroad.com + Advice to Aspiring Bloggers

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4th Anniversary of TheBlogAbroad.com + Advice to Aspiring Bloggers
Let’s ignore the fact that I poured beer into a wine glass for aesthetic purposes, mmk? | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I re-wrote the first sentence of this blog post at least 10x, only to have this lazy cop-out of an opener be what I ended up running with. *sigh* I suck.

But can you believe I’ve been blogging for a whole 16 [yes, SIXTEEN] years, and travel blogging for 4 of them?…

Behind The Scenes: Being Part of the GoPro Hero6 Launch Campaign

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Behind The Scenes: Being Part of the GoPro Hero6 Launch Campaign
Selat, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

It was the day after the launch and the GoPro family and I (both ambassadors and corporate) were out celebrating in our usual fashion (open bar and dance floor poppin’), and I found myself sneaking into a hallway to collect my tears, because there was just so much to take in, process, and absorb in that moment.…

7 Interesting Ways Travel Turned Me Into an Introvert

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Extrovert turned introvert, for the love of travel.

No doubt travel is transformative, but I wasn’t prepared for all the subconscious ways it would change me for the better.

I’ve seen almost a third of the world now and what a blessing that has been. Because all those cultures, countries, and conversations I’ve seen and had in the last four years, without a doubt shape so much of who I am today.…

My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger

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My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger | TheBlogAbroad.com
Just scrolling through a few pages of hate mail, racist comments, and a couple sexist bastards asking who my sugar daddy is #ADayInTheLife

Look at you guys — falling over yourselves to read about my biggest mistakes and failures. Screw you all, I know why you’re here. JK.

But really, I always try to write posts like this every now and then for the sake of rare transparency in this field, especially if you look at my life or any other travel bloggers’ and think it’s perfect.…

Johannesburg, South Africa – Conversations, Colors, and Culture

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Maboneng Precinct District, Johannesburg, South Africa

“First and foremost, my seestah, welcome home.” A black South African greets me with this as he learns I’m from the U.S.

I feel this familial aura in the air. This overwhelming sense of comfort. Of pride. Of belonging.

Everywhere I go, the people look like me. They walk like me.…

Why I’m Leaving America Indefinitely & What Happens Next…

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Photo Credit: Perla Farias Photo

I think I’m pretty (stop the sentence here, JK) overdue for a personal post with some life updates. Because a lot has happened and changed in a short amount of time, and I’m still trying to grasp and make sense of it all.

I’ve been a bit reclusive lately, finding sufficient company by the crowd of my own thoughts.…

Travel or a Relationship: Why Are Women Having to Choose?

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Interlaken, Switzerland

I’m not a man-hater most days, but I am fiercely independent. So when I get regular emails from aspiring female travelers feeling like they have to put their desire to travel on hold because their significant other isn’t comfortable with it, I cringe inside.

If you’ve ever felt like traveling the world and maintaining a relationship back home were mutually exclusive concepts, I’ve been sent here by the good Lord himself to deliver some breaking news — ’tis simply not the case.…

The Best & Worst Things About Traveling While Black

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The Best & Worst Things About Traveling While Black | TheBlogAbroad.com
San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Serena Williams!”

“Serena Williams, please! Sign for my kids!” I hear from the distance as a Serbian man runs towards me, seemingly starstruck.

I do a double-take his direction, amused by his claim, but obviously in complete denial that he could be referring to me.

Surely, he’s kidding. I mean, Serena Williams?…

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