From Excuses to Excursions
From Excuses to Excursions: How I Started Traveling the World

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It’s with so much pride, pleasure, and wine that I can happily announce the release of my first e-book which has been twenty-five years in the making; a culmination of this incredible journey I’ve been blessed to be on. Like many of you, travel was never an option or goal for me growing up. I saw people who studied and traveled abroad, and I always thought, “good for them”. Good for those people to do what they’re meant to do.

Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
Baker University, Baldwin City, KS | The most expensive piece of paper I own. My degree.

I came from a family of 8. I was a troubled teenager. I hated my life and I never understood why some people were given things that I had to work so hard for. And that’s when it hit. Why should I feel entitled to anything I didn’t have to sweat or struggle for?

Montserrat, Spain
Out here tryna fight Sallie Mae like…

So I struggled my way into opportunities, mastering the art of calculated risk-taking, and putting myself out there to fail over and over again until the universe finally caved in. By textbook definition, I was going to succeed by way of insanity.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece | Celebrating my 24th birthday and 10th country (out of 26)

“But, I don’t want to travel abroad, Glo!” your silly self might be thinking. And here’s the thing. Not everyone is made to travel, or even desires to. And here’s the best way I can put it. Never leaving your home country is like swimming in a pool, while traveling abroad is like swimming in an ocean. Sure, they’re both water and you’re getting your feet wet regardless, but imagine how different the experience will be. Never mind the fact that I can’t swim though. God had to humble me somehow.

Costa Brava, Spain | Probably laughing at my bank account or something equally hilarious.
Costa Brava, Spain | Probably laughing at my bank account or something equally hilarious.
Lloret de Mar, Spain
Lloret de Mar, Spain | Because food trucks are a mandate away from solving world peace.

I soon realized I rather work 24 hours a day for myself than work even 1 hour for someone else. I went from making excuses to taking excursions, turning my internal fights into external flights and ultimately doing everything in my power to use my God-given talents to do more than just exist. To learn more. To live more. To be more.

Wichita, Kansas, USA

There’s a world of knowledge out there in subjects that can’t be taught in a classroom that ultimately shape the better part of our existence. I was willing to do whatever it took to get an A in that curriculum.

Schwetzingen, Germany
Schwetzingen, Germany | Using a pile of leaves as a prop for my self-timer for my camera because #SoloTravelProbs
London, UK | Hugging strangers while it's still affordable.
London, UK | Hugging strangers while it’s still affordable.

Our dreams mean nothing if we’re not actively pursuing them. Our legacies aren’t created by things we wished we could do. It’s about the things we grinded our ass off and actually DID. When I die, it’ll be with memories not dreams. Because right now, I’m living all mine.

Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh, Morocco | Look at that brown beaut! Also, the camel… t’hehe

Noteable Chapters:

  • Expensive Dreams. Affordable Hustle
  • Running Away From Sallie Mae
  • Travel is the New Black
  • Your Debt is Not Your Destiny
  • Adventure is Dangerous, But Routine is Lethal
  • Single & Ready to Wrinkle
  • Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe
  • The Serena Williams Tour
  • How I Afford to Travel
  • How to Live Around the World for Free
Playing Mrs. Claus in Barcelona aka scaring little children.
Playing Mrs. Claus in Barcelona aka scaring little children.

I want you to read this and feel like you could take on your thing. Yes, that thing. You know what I’m talking about. That one thing you can’t stop dreaming and thinking about. Be fearless in pursuit of that thing that sets your soul on fire. I did two years ago. And I’ve been fanning those flames ever since.

Montserrat, Spain | In case you need photo opps to scare your mom
Montserrat, Spain | Called “The Stairway to Heaven” as you’ve never felt closer to living and dying at the same time. #sorryMom
Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, Romania | Soon crossing the Bulgarian border where the customs officers would confiscate my passport and proceed to point out my similarities to Serena Williams #HannahMontanaLivin #InBetweenWimbledons #ICruiseAroundEasternEurope

This book is for the dreamers. The believers. The entrepreneurs. But most importantly, the travelers and those who seek to explore a life far outside of their comfort zones. Thank you for helping make my dreams a reality. Your support, your shares, and your belief in me means the world! Pun most definitely intended.

Holi Festival of Colors, Spain
Holi Festival of Colors. Holi Festival of Shampoo soon after.

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