November 15, 2016 Greetings from Toledo! A choir of voices ring from my memory, “you can do Toledo in a day.” This was the common sentiment among the travelers I met before I ventured to the petite city of Toledo, Spain. “You can do Toledo in a day.” The longer I reflect on these words [...]
A Postcard from Bend
July 27, 2017 Boom, boom, boom True Rolling stone Vagabond to the bone Address unknown Open road's my home Greetings from Bend! The morning light seeps through the mesh of my quarter-dome tent a skosh before 6 am, letting me know it’s time for the day to begin. I am greeted by the evergreen disposition [...]
Hostel Life Ain’t so Hostile; Do’s, Don’ts & What to Expect
I've said it before and I'll say it again; “youth hostels” were given the wrong name. A near homophone-call away from “hostile,” I understand if they conjure visions of Harry Potter’s under the staircase shât-aeu, pardon my French. However, the typical environment found at youth hostels is anything but hostile."
South East Asia Crash Course
Hello and thank you for choosing That Blonde Vagabond as your trusted travel guide! Hands down South East Asia (SEA) is the region I get the most questions about... or maybe I should say hands raised this is the region I get asked the most questions about. Since my departure I've guided two friends through [...]
To the Greatest of Days yet Lived
If I was asked to go through the memory rolodex and quantify the greatest days of my life in ascending order, it would take some serious time. Thanks to the winding road I've experienced a multitude of blissed out 24 hour periods. However, a few key dates instantly jump to mind like October 11, 2016. [...]
Workaway for the Eternal Win
Workaway.info is an adventurous, curious-in-wanderlust, budget-savvy traveler’s best friend. The basic idea is to create a cultural exchange to inspire lasting connections around the globe. I honestly don’t remember how I learned about this site, but man oh man has Workaway changed my life.
Ease With Belize
Hello men, women, and children of all ages. Come one.. come all.. and step right up to learn about the magic that is Belize. For my first trick I am going to turn my fingers into shovels and dig myself into a hole. Alright here we go. Before I left the jury of my peers, [...]
(Any)Where in the World, is Rita.
Elbow dabs sueding with the knee highs Dressed too fly wiping clouds from the eyes, Staying so fresh till death call it a revival on style Police and the cars are caught in traffic With Sting rolling in a lil red corvette License plate doesn’t say fresh, but the car still belongs to a Prince. [...]
Africa: Day 2.Who Knows?
In March 2018 I spent three weeks in and around Zululand located in eastern South Africa. The time was passed in and out of touch with the confines of reality. It would take copious H's & A's outlaid in repetitious positioning to truly put this experience into words. Instead I crafted a memory real mashup [...]
“This is not America,” What to expect as an American traveling abroad
Grab your airplane bottles because it's time for the second installment of, "Around the World in 80 pints: Leaving America Addition"