In 2015 I changed my small town world when I boarded a plane headed for France, it was the first time I had ever left the United States, and I was doing it alone. It was pretty nerve-racking to say the least. I quit my miserable job, sold all of my belongings, said goodbye to my family, friends and everything familiar and flew halfway around the world on a one-way ticket. This leap of faith changed everything for me. 

It was in France that I began a 38 day pilgrimage, on foot, from St. Jean Peid de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain and on to Finisterre, Spain on the Camino de Santiago. A total of 870 Kilometers or 540 miles. El Camino de Santiago was the beginning of my love for travel, now I am always thinking of where the next blue pin in my globe will be. South America? Back to Asia? Or AFRICA? So many choices! 

My travels have taught me a thing of two:

  • The world is full of genuinely good people.
  • It (the world) is also much smaller than you think.
  • Leaving your comfort zone is one of the best things you can do for yourself, even if only for a few days. 
  • Collect every experience you can because life is too short.
  • Take lots of pictures, your memory is not as good as you think it is.
  • Making friends from all across the world definitely has its advantages…free lodging and a local tour guide! Cha-Ching!!!

So stay tuned as I continue to trot the globe collecting new experiences and friends along the way. I will be sharing my stories as well as travel tips and photos for across the world. 

See you soon, in some other time, some other place.  



  • Marie

    November 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm Reply

    I love this!

    • Amanda

      November 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm Reply

      Thank You…after all you were one the people who helped to inspire me to take this journey!

  • Lori

    December 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Love it Amanda this is great I cant wait to follow you on your journey lord knows I wont be going anywhere lol I will see the world through your eyes thank you

    • Amanda

      December 14, 2014 at 11:58 am Reply

      Thank you Lori! you can plan on checking the mail for post cards!!

  • Shawna

    January 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm Reply

    Excited for you! You know what I will always wonder about you when I see your pictures lol!!

    • Amanda

      January 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm Reply

      lol …make sure you check your mail for that postcard i promised!!

  • Connie smith

    January 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm Reply

    im excited to see all the pictures!

    • Amanda

      January 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm Reply

      make sure to subscribe at the bottom of the blog!

  • Bonnie gilbert

    January 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Awesome! I can’t wait until your trip. 🙂

    • Amanda

      January 16, 2015 at 5:24 pm Reply

      me either!! make sure you subscribe at the bottom of the blog

  • Cassie Long

    January 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Inspire and Be Inspired! It takes a special person to be brave enough to turn dreams into reality! I am looking forward to many pictures and posts.

    • Amanda

      January 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm Reply

      Thank you Cassie!! I can hardly wait to begin my journey! make sure you subscribe at the bottom of the blog!

  • Jenny Murley

    January 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm Reply

    I’m excited to get to check out your adventure 🙂 I wish you the best of luck!! Exciting!

    • Amanda

      January 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm Reply

      Thanks Jenny!

  • Sambo

    January 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm Reply

    I’m so excited for you. How you have grown to a wonderful woman. Proud to see what you have trained you mind to do. Way to keep going towards your goals! Safe travels, have fun, choose wisely of the friends you will encounter and be wary of creepers. If your gut tells you there is something wrong, then there is definitely something wrong. Much love! *hugs*

    • Amanda

      January 18, 2015 at 9:21 am Reply

      Thank you Sambo! You only live once right?! …did you read my post of women traveling solo? lol sounds almost word for word on part of it…always trust your gut! Thats the best advice anyone can give! love

  • sheila thompson

    January 16, 2015 at 7:14 pm Reply

    You are so brave..I wish you good luck..safe travels..and memories to last several lifetimes..can’t wait to see the pics you Will post.

    • Amanda

      January 18, 2015 at 9:23 am Reply

      Thanks Sheila! I hope that my travels and pictures of beautiful places will inspire others to travel more!

  • Bethany Chestnut

    January 16, 2015 at 7:35 pm Reply

    Im so beyond excited for you! Will miss the heck out of you, but glad I will be able to read what you are up to!!!!

    • Amanda

      January 18, 2015 at 9:24 am Reply

      You know I’ gonna miss the heck outta you too Bethany!!! …but I’ll send postcards!

  • Vicki Henderson

    February 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm Reply

    I am so excited for you! I will live vicariously through you! Be proud of the steps you have made for this to be possible. You are an amazing young lady and my prayers will be with you daily on this journey. I can’t wait to see the pictures!

  • Shelli

    April 30, 2015 at 10:14 am Reply

    Wow! I’m so happy for you & wish I had had the foresight & courage to do what you’re doing when I was your age! God Bless your travels!

    • Amanda

      May 12, 2015 at 7:22 pm Reply

      Thanks Shelli!

  • Cassie Thompson

    June 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Well Amanda, it’s almost time for your big adventure! I wish you all the fun, happiness, discovery, and safety in the world. Breathe in every second and savor the taste if life! Love you, be safe and enjoy this epic time in your life. Wish I was going with you!

    • Amanda

      August 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm Reply

      Thanks cassie

  • Dawn Curtis

    June 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to see pictures of your trip! Cheers to a safe and happy trip!!

    • Amanda

      August 20, 2015 at 5:36 pm Reply

      Thank you dawn!

  • Greg Weaver

    June 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm Reply

    I can’t believe it is actually happening. Proud of you for sticking with it.

    • Amanda

      August 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm Reply

      Thank yiu greg! I am really enjoying myself!

  • Melissa Bass

    July 1, 2015 at 8:42 am Reply

    I’ll just be praying for your safety and health while you are traveling!! Keep us posted while you take it all in!!

    • Amanda

      August 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm Reply

      Thanks Melissa!

  • Brenda Lash

    July 1, 2015 at 11:25 am Reply

    Hey girl. Right now you’re probably already in Europe. I’m so excited for you! You’re living your dream! It takes lots of determination to get to living that dream! So proud of you! Just a little worried some a**holes might take advantage of you. Don’t let anyone know you’re traveling alone. I wish I had the time to show you some moves I learned in the Army to protect you self. So , here’s one. Remember SINGS .If they grab you from behind. S-solar plexes (hit with your elbow as hard as you can. Instep-stomp on the foot as hard as you can. N-Nose hit their nose with an upward motion as hard as you can with the bottom of your Palm with with your fingers closed .G- groin – knee them as hard as you can. And if there down, S-spray their face with pepper spray. If there not down Escape and run. Want you to have a wonderful trip.

    • Amanda

      August 20, 2015 at 5:33 pm Reply

      Thank you for the tips!

  • Meghan Vester

    August 1, 2015 at 5:52 am Reply

    Miss you so much

    • Amanda

      August 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm Reply

      Miss you more!

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