I’m a travel addict and chocoholic. A twenty something American girl figuring things out and slowly traveling the world.
My family has been traveling the world for as long as I can remember. My granddad drove cross-country road trips with his children, and Papa instilled that desire for adventure in each of his children. My dad, Teddy Joe, carried on the tradition with us! My mom, dad, sister, and me would hop in the car and drive all across America!
The first time I traveled outside of the United States was in 2005 when I was thirteen – a doe eyed Southern girl ready for adventure. We went to five countries in ten days – Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, and England. When I arrived back home, I told my parents, “I want a burger, and when can I go back?”
I didn’t get back to Europe until seven years later in summer 2012. That summer study abroad in Stirling, Scotland was my first experience living in another country. For two months, me and a bunch of other American kids tromped across Europe drinking beer and going to class on occasion. But study abroad wasn’t enough.
I moved to Ireland in September 2013 on a Working Holiday Authorization. If you would like to know the specifics of the reason then click here! The work visa gave me the right to work in Ireland and freedom to travel all over Europe. I lived in the basement of a Georgian apartment with four other people – none of who spoke English as a native language. It was perfect!
However wonderful my year in Ireland was, it had to come to an end. I spent 2015 – 2019 doing the 9-5 job life, working as the Director of Education and Programs at a small museum in Georgia. From August 2016 – May 2019, I studied at the University of West Georgia to receive a Master’s in History. I am now ready to begin adventuring again!
In 2020, I will begin a new course in life as a Tour Director! I have always said, “If I can find a job where I can combine my love of history and culture with travel, then I would have my dream job.” Well, I’m taking the steps to make that happen!
Here we go!