Hi! My name is Noelle….but they call me Noelia in South America! About five years ago, I left the family business in California to start a fitness business in Oregon…& I totally fell in love with Oregon! But last fall, I felt a serious itch that simply wouldn’t go away. It kept me up at night, yearning for destinations & adventures unknown. So, I sold my fitness business to pursue my crazy dreams of traveling the world. This blog tells that story….of how & why I made that choice. In sharing this, my goal is to inspire you to write a new story, to dream up a new chapter, for your own life.
About My Travel Style…
The most important thing I want you to know about my travel style is: I prefer slow, meaningful travel to frenetic, bucket-list-crossing-off, “Do It for the ‘Gram” kind of travel. Occasionally I stay in luxury hotels, & occasionally I stay in hostels (like jaw-dropping ones in Patagonia & Guatemala), but my sweet spot is boutique hotels & family-run B&B’s. I prefer smaller, more intimate experiences, & generally loathe group tours. I prefer getting to know locals vs. getting to know other Americans.
Otherwise, what’s the point of travel?
Many people ask me, “There are so many travel bloggers out there…what sets your blog apart? The market is so saturated ~ what makes your blog different?” First off, how many different places are there in the world to write about? How many hotels? How many different points of view do various travel bloggers represent? I say, bring it on. There’s plenty of room for all of us. But when you see a travel blogger who’s written an article called “24 Hours in Bangkok” ~ chances are, they’ve only spent 24 hours in Bangkok. If I’ve spent 24 hours in a place: I’m NEVER going to write a guide on that place. PERIOD.
No. My kind of travel is slow, deep travel: I typically spent at least a month or more in any particular country or place, & I only write about it when I feel I have a true handle on it. When I have something unique to add to the conversation, or that would be useful to other solo female (or other) travelers ~ that is when I write about it.
When you see a travel blogger who’s 25 years old & has already been to 150 countries, the valuable question to ask is: “How long have they spent in each of those countries?!” Chances are: not long. Long enough to visit the “highlights” ~ then briskly move along.
My writing & my focus tends to extend more to the “next” big places: places you may not have heard of yet, but that are no less valuable & no less astonishing than the highlights ~ typically with lower prices & fewer people. I want you to travel well, I want you to travel longer than you think you can, & most of all: I want to assure you that you can do it. That the world is NOT that scary. Because it’s not.
Travel makes us better. It expands us. Of that, I’m absolutely certain. Let this site be of service to you, & help alleviate any fears you may have about travel, as you plan your next adventure…
Countries I've Visited
U.S. States I've Visited
Bags I've Packed
Places I've Left My Heart
A Few of My Favorite Things…
Top 5 Favorite Countries: Colombia, Croatia, Italy, Peru, & Thailand.
Country that Surprised Me Most: Colombia.
City I’d Fly to Tomorrow: Cairo, Egypt.
I Cried When I Left: Peru & the Galapagos Islands.
Top 10 Destinations on My Bucket List: Banff (in Canada), Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan (Petra & Wadi Rum), Panama, The Phillipines, San Miguel de Allende (in Mexico), Turks & Caicos, & (more) U.S. National Parks.
Countries I’ve Visited (35) : Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile (& Chilean Patagonia), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador (including Galapagos Islands), England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, & Vatican City.