About Me

Hey Travel Lovers! My name is Devon.

I’m a 20-something girl from the sunny state of Florida, USA.

I’ve made my life all about traveling.

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How it all started…

I first traveled abroad to Spain when I was 16 on a month long Spanish immersion program with my high school. It was an incredible experience – especially for a 16 year-old who had never been abroad.

While in college, I dreamed about backpacking Europe. I wanted to travel with friends, but I knew that none of them were as serious as I was about actually doing it. It’s one thing to say you want to backpack Europe. It’s another thing entirely to save up for such a big trip like that. I didn’t want to wait around forever hoping to find someone to travel with.

That’s when I made the scary decision to backpack Europe alone…

It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

 

My travels…

Since 2012 I’ve traveled to over 30 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia – backpacking solo through the majority of them.

  • In 2012, I backpacked across Europe for 2 months: England, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungry, Poland, the Netherlands, and Belgium
  • In 2013, I spent 3 weeks backpacking solo through China and Japan: Hong Kong, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo; and also traveled to Cozumel, Mexico
  • In 2014, I spent 3 months backpacking Europe and part of Africa: England, Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Croatia, and Egypt; and also traveled to NYC, Mexico and Puerto Rico
  • As of 2015, I’ve backpacked Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, as well as visited Germany, Holland, and Belgium.

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Rice Fields in China

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Sphix & Pyamids, Egypt

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Traveling with Others…

Although I mainly travel solo, I do try to mix it up a bit by traveling with others because I feel like you get the best experience that way. In the past I’ve traveled with my sister, a friend, and also with group tours like gadventures and SailCroatia. Those group tours are absolutely amazing. By the end of the trip, those people all become like family. I highly recommend fitting in a group trip with your solo travels for a change of pace.

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Sail Croatia – traveling solo, but never alone!

I wasn’t always this adventurous…

My first backpacking trip abroad was such a HUGE learning experience. I had so many concerns and questions. I read through so many travel blogs before I left, looking for answers and, more importantly, encouragement. I mainly wondered what it would really be like to travel solo. Would I enjoy it? Would I hate it? Would I feel lonely? I had SO many questions and concerns.

Now, after traveling to over 30 countries, I can say that traveling solo has been one of the greatest (and most challenging) experiences of my life!

I created this travel blog to share my travels, offer any advice I can, and more importantly, to encourage and inspire others to travel as well. There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered!

I love hearing from my readers, so if you have any questions, would like me to write about a specific topic, or just want to say “Hi”, feel free to send me an email!

 

Current travel plans…

January 2016: Leaving for Southeast Asia this month! It’s time to finish what I started there and backpack the rest of it!

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 Happy Travels! -Devon

“I just wanna go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.” – Thekhoolhaus

5 Comments

  1. Hey Devon!

    My name is Bri. I am also a 20-something Florida girl and have been bitten by the travel bug three years ago. A European job and over 25 countries later I have settled down for a little to save some money. I would love to talk to you about traveling, I am actually planning my next backpacking trip currently. If you could email me that would be great, I always love to have a travel buddy also, so who knows!

    Bri-
    Briannajezek@gmail.com

  2. I am also a 20 something traveling to Europe this May with my best friend! We’re going to Ireland, London, Paris, and all over in Italy. What would you say is the best way to fly in and out of Europe? Is it best to fly in and out of London, or into London and out of Italy? Any advise is welcome as we will be buying our tickets this week!
    We both have the travel bug pretty bad. We’re from VA and actually coming to Florida for a week in two weeks!
    Thanks!
    Safe travels wherever you go next!
    -Jordan

    • Hey Jordon!
      Sounds like a great trip! I used to find the best deals in and out of London, but the cheapest round trip flight I ever found from Florida to London was $690 (didn’t last long) with most prices being in the $800s. Recently, I discovered Norwegian Air (I wrote a post about it), and last summer I was able to get a $260 flight from JFK to Norway. That’s so ridiculously insane. (I used miles from Florida to JFK, so it was free!) From Norway, I used RyainAir/Easy Jet (cheap European airlines to fly wherever I wanted to go.) So, if you can find a good deal with Norwegian Air, I’d say do that! Otherwise, I’d probably book a round trip in and out of London (get a cheap flight back to London from Italy), since those flights tend to be the cheapest. I’d also recommend using skyscanner.com to search for flights, and try a bunch of different combinations to determine the cheapest flights based on your dates and destinations. Hope that helps! Have a great trip, and feel free to email me with any other questions. – Devon

  3. My first thing to say is, you are so pretty and helpful! I am going on an 8 hour flight to Alaska in the summer. I am going alone and it is my first time in a plane… I have been looking around the internet for some advise on what to do from what not to do! So far this website has been the best. At the same time, I am super excited because one, I am not paying for it. Two, I’ve never been out of two states, UT and ID. And Three, I’M 13 AND GOING TO ALASKA! Say what? :)
    -Abby livin’ in her lellow house

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