When I was 10 years old, my parents took me on a trip to Quebec City. I had been to Canada before to spend time with family, but this was my first time visiting one of the oldest settlements in North America. Wandering through the old city, I fell in love. Once my parents equated its charm with that of Europe’s, I knew that one day, I’d have to go there, too.

At 19, I flew to Austria (following three casual plane de-icing sessions in the midst of a Boston blizzard), marking my first time on European soil.

Since my first European adventure, I have been fortunate enough to live, study and travel overseas multiple times. It’s difficult to describe what travel does for me – it probably sounds cliché, but I truly feel most like myself the moment I step on a plane in preparation for yet another adventure. It doesn’t matter if the trip is within the United States, or whether I’m on my way to an international destination. As someone who struggles – and has struggled for as long as I can remember – with a genetic pre-disposition to anxiety, it’s amazing to me that this seemingly disappears when I leave home.

Don’t get me wrong – my travels have not been without challenges and unforeseen issues and bumps in the road, but it has also taken on a therapeutic role in my life for which I am endlessly grateful. More on this in future posts. I am fortunate, too, that my parents have encouraged my love of exploring, of meeting new people and seeing new places, as they could easily have discouraged a hobby that consistently finds me far from home.

Some photos from that first trip to Quebec!

The experience that inspired so many travels since...

Meghan first told me about her idea for a collaborative, female travel-driven blog platform several months ago, and I was so excited. Writing is a huge passion of mine, but I’ll admit to getting caught up in every day life; thus, my creative side has not received as much attention as I would like. While I would never claim to be an expert on anything travel-related, I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with you all on this blog. I’m also excited to read the other posts of my fellow Everywhere She Globes contributors. I currently live and work (remotely) in the Boston area, so I’m planning on writing some more ‘local’ posts as well.

Thanks for checking out my page, and for coming along for the ride!