About Me

Hi, I’m Taylor. Working my way towards a PhD, I study comparative and identity politics. I have a Master’s in International Affairs and have presented and published my research internationally. I previously worked at two U.S. Embassies overseas and spend my free time (when I’m not hitting snooze for the second or third time) running, practicing photography, and reading.

I created my first travel blog in 2014 and it has been with me ever since. First starting as a daily travel dairy, it later became a gallery of my photos and summaries of trips. Now it serves as a community resource for fellow travelers looking for practical, often budget friendly guides and tips.

Solo travel, budget travel, and improving awareness of the myriad of political, social, geographic, and economic factors that make a place more than a tourist destination are topics that I spend considerable time thinking about. Furthermore, I care about my individual impact as a traveler on a place. I hope these interests come through in my writing and help motivate others to get out there to experience and learn more.

Where I’ve been:




U.S. States



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Santa Barbara, California