Hey! I'm Jessica. I’m from Santa Cruz, California. When I was 19, I took a year off between high school and college and spent some time volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala, which in itself was arguably a better education than half of the classes I took in high school.
After Guatemala, I moved to San Francisco, California to pursue a degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. After my first internship in 2013, I fell in love with journalism, and changed my major accordingly. When I graduated in 2016, I skipped my graduation ceremony and opted to spend a week in Cartagena, Colombia with my childhood best friend instead, because lots of people can say they walked in their college graduation, but not many people can say they wore their graduation cap while they floated in the Caribbean Sea, now can they?!
After Colombia, I went to live in Barcelona, and had lots of misadventures along the way...but you'll hear all about those later.
I’ve been writing since I could physically hold a pen, and few experiences yield better stories than traveling. I'm accident-prone and adventure-driven, and weird stuff happens to me all the time, and I can't wait to share it with you all.
I'm also always on the hunt for the cheapest ways to have the most fun possible, so you can expect my posts to be filled with tips for budget travel and ideas for cheap and free activities to do while traveling.
I’ve been a vegetarian since I was four years old, but I don’t let it hinder my travel destinations. As long as I have access to bread and cheese, I’m a happy camper. I also love sunsets, the beach, my cow onesie, and dancing.
I want to encourage everyone to practice responsible tourism. Learn at least a few words in the language of the country you’re going to, be mindful of different cultures, stay up to date on current news in each city you’re visiting, and abide by the old adage: “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.”