I’m a full time vanlifer, and I’ve been on the road for over 2 years. I’ve lived in 3 (going on 4) different rigs, and have visited all 50 US states, almost 50 national parks, and 6 countries. I currently travel with my dog, and I am working to incorporate my healing journey into my travel content, since that is what’s fueling much of my travel right now. My first three months on the road, I drove to all 48 connecting US states solo, and then I came home, bought a van, and was ready to go again when I met a boy who I quickly fell in love with. We traveled together for over a year, even driving from Baja, Mexico, to Fairbanks, Alaska this past spring. I recently left Alaska post breakup, to begin healing from heartbreak, and to travel solo again.
Why do you travel and photograph your journeys?
Traveling gives me the opportunity to connect and create with people from around the world which reminds me why I am here. I look for adventures because I live for adventure whether it be climbing waterfalls, hiking through the jungle or climbing a mountain to watch the sunset over the ocean!
What is your favourite thing or item to photograph?
MOUNTAINS. While I was raised in a more desert climate, I’ll always be a mountain girl at heart. Trees come in a close second, especially Redwood or Sequoia trees.
What’s your go-to travel hack?
If you travel in the US, you can camp for free on National Forest or Bureau of Land Management Land almost everywhere in the country. This is how I keep travel costs down!
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
Hiking boots and a good backpack that can hold anything! I want to be able to walk anywhere without worrying if I have the gear to do it.
What destination are you eager to go back to?
Hawaii or Mexico! And I actually do have a trip to Hawaii planned, so I can earn my yoga teacher certification this winter! I’m itching to go back to Mexico though! I only saw the Baja peninsula last time and would love to explore the rest of the country.
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
Follow your gut. It sounds simple, but it’s true. 100% of the situations where I’ve felt sketched out by something (or someone), I’ve chosen to leave and relocate, and immediately felt safer. If you have a feeling something isn’t safe, don’t do it. Your intuition already knows.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
This might be biased, but VANLIFE! Vanlife has actually been the key to experiencing so much as a local. I always end up going places I’ve never even heard of before, or meeting locals while camping. In Mexico, my group and I literally visited towns no one ever goes to, because we had our houses with us and we didn’t have to look for a place to stay!
What’s your favourite word in another language?
Sabai Sabai… it basically means Hakuna Matata in Thai!
When and where are you next travelling?
I travel full time, so I’m actually on my way back to Southern California to see family for a bit and take care of some things for a couple weeks. By November 1, I’ll be moved into Rig #4 and on my way to Utah to see some National Parks!
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