I wish I could travel the world

      That statement probably sounds weird coming from a travel blogger. I live a privileged life. My circumstances are such that I have been able to build a life where I can travel to different exotic locations. Recently I was reading the comments section of another blog. Some douche bag called the contributor an…

How I can afford to travel the world

I’ve been traveling and dreaming of traveling for as long as I can remember. Its a big part of my life. My priorities reflect my transient soul. My brain can’t comprehend the stereotypical American dream and how the average American spends their money and lives their life. In this consumer driven society I’m incredibly cheap. I don’t…

What I learned from a year in Hawaii

  The most important lesson I’ve learned during my years traveling is to be adaptable. It’s important to learn about new cultures and to respect local customs even if they are different from your own. This may mean a temporary restriction of certain freedoms enjoyed back “home” , but in the long run the education…

Why Visiting Bristish Colombia is a Must

The People. Yes, I know it sounds cliche, but Canada has exceptionally polite citizens. You can engage almost anyone who speaks English in polite conversation. British Columbia has the friendliest customs agents (WA State Border Patrol Excluded) they were fast, efficient, even apologetic. I remember once flying back into the USA I thought I had accidentally…

5 Reasons European’s Dislike American’s

Americans are often regarded as Europe’s red neck cousin. Have you ever wondered culturally what we do that’s so offensive. Below is a short list of explanations of how we earned that endearing reputation. Manners  American culture is rooted in a me first attitude. We are raised with a desire to be unique or set…

Jippy Jappa From Bush to Basket

It’s food. It’s a basket. It’s a house plant. Jippy Jappa is naturally occurring plant found in Belize. The resourceful Maya search, sometimes deep in the bush, for this useful plant. The young shoots can be boiled and used for food. When prepared with tumeric and coconut oil Jippy Jappa it’s actually one of my…

Traveling Belizean

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for people or different nationalities and cultures to travel? In spite of its land mass Belize is the most sparsely populated country in Central America with less then 350,000 people. The government works hard to promote ecotourism and preserve its nations culture. As a result the Belize lacks…

Traveling Mexican

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for people of different backgrounds and cultures to travel? As a Caucasian, American, female I’ve always been amazed at the varieties of treatment I’ve gotten based solely on my accent and skin color. I’ve had a wide variety of roommates and we would often stay up late at…

Working With the Deaf In Belize

Helping Others, Helped Me Volunteer Work     Imagine for a moment, being in your 40’s, and being completely dependent on others. You don’t work, you rarely leave the house, you have no friends, and no one to talk to. You can’t even make the simplest choices in your life, like what to eat, what…

Living among the Maya

  Living Among the Maya The best two years of my life were spent volunteering in the Toledo District of Belize in Central America. I worked with deaf children and their families. The area often called the Mayan Mountains are inhabited mostly with native Kekchi and Mopan Maya speakers. Mayans make up about 10% of…