The world is my playground and then I write about it.

Explorer with a terrible sense of direction.

I travel as often as I can because it truly makes me feel joy.  I love diving into a new culture and being able to spend one day living in someone else’s shoes because it always make me appreciate and be so grateful for this life that have.  It’s such a satisfying feeling when you’ve managed to get yourself across a foreign city or country on public transportation. 🙂

I do a lot of do-it-yourself (DIY) travel  and then write about how I did it.  I write itineraries, hiking, packing, layover and destination guides.  I also write about camping, road trips and budget in hopes of inspiring others to travel near or far and on any type of income.  

As crazy as it sounds, I feel most comfortable in a foreign place, that’s why my partner and I are planning on ‘getting back on the road’ full time by next fall.  In the mean time you’ll find me frolicking around Maui where I live, saving up, planning and preparing for my next big adventure.

Thanks for being here!  XX

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Why I started this Blog

Growing up my dad was a pilot in the airline industry so I caught the travel bug early on in life. Every summer I got to get on a plane and fly somewhere new for my yearly family vacation. I can still feel the excitement I had as a little girl.

I took my first international trip the summer after I graduated high school with money I had saved up from working weekends at a coffee shop. I started bartending in college so I could afford to travel, which led me to studying abroad in Italy, staying after my program to travel Europe that summer and finally backpacking through Southeast Asia as a reward to myself for graduating college.

As years progressed, so did my country count and I knew I wanted ‘travel’ to be a large part of my life. That’s why I created ‘I’m Jess Traveling’ to help inspire and encourage others to travel. I plan most of my traveling with a frugal eye and am living proof that you can go anywhere no matter what the budget. With a little planning, research, and imagination you’ll be on your way. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my blog.