In late June 2017 I got to visit a new country (yippee!). If you didn't catch it in the title, it was Croatia! While Tyler wasn't able to join this trip, I was lucky to be able to travel with friends and discover why Croatia is so much more than a few scenes in Game… Continue reading That Time Croatia Stole My Heart
Just over a month ago, I was given a chance to go to a nearby town and help the GoAbroad Foundation create a library for a school in need. When I say nearby town, I mean about an hour and a half jeepney ride away! The town of Dagami is home to Patoc Elementary School.… Continue reading The Library is a Lovely Place to Be!
When Tyler and I created Wanderlust Squared we talked about how we wished we would have started it years ago -- because we've had so many amazing experiences around the world that we want to share! So we figured, why not write about them still and throw on the title #TBT for Throwback Thursday!? Perfect,… Continue reading [#TBT] A Little Town Called Youghal
When I think back on the last few years it's hard to pinpoint a favorite place or experience...there are things I've loved and disliked about everywhere I've been. However, for a little throwback post, I couldn't think of a better story than the few months we got to call Youghal, Ireland home. (If you read… Continue reading A Little Town Called Youghal
Fiesta is one of my favorite things here in the Philippines. It reminds me of one big block party. Each barangay, which is the Filipino term for neighborhood or village, has their very own Fiesta each year. In most cases, Fiestas are in honor of a barangay's patron saint -- each community was assigned a… Continue reading Fiesta! Fiesta! Fiesta!
My friend and mentor, Troy Peden, graciously wrote this piece for Wanderlust Squared to describe our shared belief and experiences in the transformative power of travel. I have so much to thank Troy for, but at the top of the list is helping make becoming an expat in the Philippines a reality! Here's what Troy has… Continue reading Small Town to Big World
As the cliches go...I took the leap, I dove in, I just did it! But really -- how and why did I become an expat in the Philippines? How did I become an expat in the Philippines? The story really begins in 2011 when I accepted an internship with GoAbroad.com. I was a junior at Colorado… Continue reading Becoming an Expat in the Philippines
In April 2017, we embarked on our very first beach camping trip in the Philippines. While camping in the outdoors isn't new to us, we're used to pine trees, mountains, lakes and campfires, rather than palm trees, islands, the open ocean, and open-air cottages.
One summer night when Kayla came home from work she asked me to come sit down with her and talk. This was somewhat out of the blue, as we don't normally announce that we're going to sit down and talk. I didn't think too much about it and I didn't think it would be anything serious...until… Continue reading The Big Decision: Why I Said Yes!