After I Venmo'd the price of the vehicle, the keys to the delivery truck were placed in my hand. I sat in the squeaky driver's seat, looking around at the dirty cargo where my future house would be. This wacky project from my notepads was now staring at me in Santa Fe Springs, California, ready… Continue reading So This is How My Van Build is Going
Since I began looking for a reliable vessel that would steer me through life on the road, I've been micro-documenting my experiences. From trekking for long hours at a time just to visit a truck for all of 10 minutes to navigating male dominated spaces that left no room for women. Even now that I… Continue reading ROAD to #VANLIFE (episodes)
As I've mentioned before, I have never been attacked or harmed while traveling alone. However, I have experienced many moments where I wasn't sure if I was making the right decisions. These moments pushed me to think several steps ahead, playing out all the horrific what-ifs in my mind. Dark AlleysImagine that you have just… Continue reading How to Trust Your Intuition & Meet Great People Abroad
On a day that's meant for celebrating couples, no one wants to hear "love yourself." Well, get over it, gorgeous, because just like every other day, that's exactly what you have to do. Laughter, trust, and orgasms. That's really what falling in love boils down to. And you can do all of that your damn… Continue reading Self-Love on Valentine’s Day
When I first scrolled across the story, it was shocking that this could be happening again, and in this century! Though it was shocking enough to give me pause, I kept scrolling, hoping it was nothing but clickbait. Now, a week later, there is no denying the truth: in mid-November 2017, CNN reported secret footage confirming the sale of African migrants in Libya for as little as $400 per person. These migrants traveled to Libya with hopes to be smuggled into Europe, escaping the poor conditions of their homelands. Instead, they are being held captive without food or water, while badly beaten, sodomized or raped, and being forced to work in sub-human conditions without pay. They are being sold as property into indefinite slavery.
We've all seen it: people being rude to the staff, the tourists who avoid contact with locales or never even leave the hotel, and those that only patronize big franchises or tourists traps while abroad. Heck, I used to scout for the green mermaid like a Godsend before I had an international data plan, spending… Continue reading The Responsibilities of Tourists