My First Post

My mom when she was my age hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hi! I’m Anna and this is my very first travel blog entry. I hope to share my adventures with you through photos, videos, and stories!

I have always wanted to travel since I was little. My mother always talked about her travels overseas in her twenties which really inspired me. For years she nannied in Norway in the wintertime, then backpacked Europe in the summer. I have always admired her for this. She told me her only regret in life was not traveling more. This really stood out me as she had traveled extensively.

At first I used to take “summer trips” for 2 or 3 months. I would go to New York City, Philadelphia, Maine, and Colorado. Winter of 2010 I had just gotten out of a long relationship, and I decided it was time to take a big trip overseas! I started researching and planning. I read all kinds of travel blogs, forums-everything I could find. I decided Europe was where I wanted to go. I found myself excited about finding all the right gear. The lightest backpack, waterbottle, drybags, and what clothes to bring. To this day I still love the anticipation of planning a trip! My friend Chris decided to join me for the first three weeks of my trip and then I would be traveling alone for the next three months of my trip. I had such an amazing trip! I went to London, Ireland, Rome, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Croatia!!

I caught the travel bug that summer. I decided I enjoyed traveling so much that I didn’t want to stop. I also felt like when I was in Europe that I hadn’t spent enough time exploring the United States. When I returned I threw myself into traveling in the states. I have not stopped traveling and I love it! I will keep traveling as long as it makes me happy.

I hope my blog and photos inspire you. I travel on a very small budget and I can show you how travel can be done on any budget.  Please feel free to say hi! Ask me any travel questions you may have and if you have any feedback about my site I’d love to hear it!

 

12 Replies to “My First Post”

  1. Hi! It is me.

  2. I hope you can make a blog post about places where travelers can volunteer and stay in exchange for work. I know about our place but there are so many others. Ben Lybarger has stayed in many places and he can help you with research. We planed to make a website just about that so that it would help out new volunteers. It would be a selection of places to volunteer chosen by volunteers. It is the least expensive way to really get to know a local.

  3. Stephanie Ruyssers says: Reply

    I was lucky enough to stumble upon your FB page. My only teenage son graduates high school this year and will be going off to college. i have travelled a bit in my life time. France, italy, belgium, sweden to name a few. However it has been sporadic and several years since my last trip. My dream is to do what you are doing before i get too old. I just don’t know how to start. And part of me is a bit afraid. Any advice would be welcomed and much appreciated. I don’t want to have this as a regret!!!!

  4. Hi, Anna! I found you through Facebook and love the way life is a great adventure for you! I can tell by your photos that you have a lot of fun and do things with great passion. I look forward to following your adventures with you! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Anna 🙂 Love your page so far and am happy to follow some of your happy and fun adventures through your FB page. Where in the world are you now?

  6. I so look forward to keeping up with your exciting adventures! That picture of your mom at your age is awesome!

    -Andi

  7. Awh so cute! What a trip you've had.

  8. ..Nice of you to include a picture of your mom!

  9. hi Anna. what a wonderful and interesting life you went through.

    I found you through facebook and I see the passion you have with great photos and stories^^
    how many budget did you spent for your first travel through the world?

    Keep travel so you will have no regret^^

  10. You are inspiring for me! There are a Lot of beautiful places in the World .

  11. Hey Anna. I am from India. I have been following you from a very longtime. You really inspire me to travel. you must visit India someday n explore our country. enjoyyy

  12. Keep it up Anna I am an Indian like you I too like to travel a lot been to 60 countries and I am 58 years young.

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