New Delhi, New Me… Sike

To recap my last couple of months: I faced my fear of returning to South East Asia, fell in “love” with a boy back home I barely knew, got dumped, summited a volcano, and hiked to watch the first sunrise of the year…without said boy! 

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Man, to sum it up:I WAS KICKING BUTT! And then, I started my new job assignment… Haha, yes I do work. How else could I afford to travel as much as I do? Future post to come since I CONSTANTLY get asked this question. Luckily, back in October my best friend and I booked $550 RT flights to India! Here goes ash running away… I mean CATCHING A FLIGHT (cough, cough). Read More

Adjusting MY Altitude ft. Acatenango Volcano

LIFE ADVICE: When you get dumped, hike a volcano. It is bound to make the pain  head straight to your calves.

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Remember my previous post Flights or Feelings? well things didn’t work out. “I don’t know what I want” and just like that things took a 180 degree turn. I would love to tell you I was fine and even MORE that it didn’t affect me, but the truth is, it did (like Jess in the first episode of New Girl). In between Jose Cuervo, falling into a ditch, crying over the phone, and watching “How to be Single” I got through my hellish week. So I did what any sane girl does… Next stop: Guatemala City

Here is my guide to Hiking (more like Climbing) Acatenango Volcano

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Flights or Feelings? – Vietnam Edition

LIKE I SAID… It really happens when you least expect it. I found myself being dropped off at the airport, by a guy who two weeks prior was a complete stranger. YES, TWO WEEKS. I never thought I would find myself in a situation where staying in Seattle sounded just as exhilarating as Vietnam. The thought of endless talks and death by chocolate desserts filled my heart with joy. For once I had a reason to stay but like any sane woman I boarded my flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Ohh man, here I go catching flights AND feelings – so much for #catchflightsnotfeelings.

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But let’s be real. You’re here to read about Vietnam NOT my love life…

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23 Years Later She Learned

I can’t believe it took me 22 years to have a thirst for life. TWENTY-TWO WHOLE YEARS… of saying, “one day…” Or saying, “once I reach this point in my life I will do blah, blah, blah.” Everything I wanted to do was just a far distant dream with no plan or end in sight. It took a heavy loss in my life to wake me up and realize we aren’t even guaranteed tomorrow. Read More

Catching Flights, Not Feelings 

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A couple of months ago I fell for a boy and man did I fall hard. It really does happen when you least expect it, like everyone says. One moment I was solo trekking around the world and the next thing I know I’m asking my mom what I should wear to my first “real” date in quite sometime. I was a nervous wreck. I hadn’t felt butterflies for someone like this since high school. The scariest part was… this guy made me WANT a travel partner. This past year I had discovered a love for solo travel, but when I connected with someone on a deeper level, it made me crave his company on my travels, something that was unknown to me. 

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Perfect 72 Hours in Seattle

Screen Shot 2017-08-27 at 11.20.47 PM.pngI have been living in Seattle for about two months now, and I absolutely LOVE it. I’m fortunate to call this diverse city HOME for the next two years. Seattle is amazing because in between the vibrant city life and outdoor adventures, I always find myself doing something exciting. This past weekend, two of my good friends from college came to visit and now one of them wants to move up here. Read More

Backpacking Mount Pilchuck

Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 8.50.01 PM.pngFor this week’s adventure, I had the pleasure of backpacking Mount Pilchuck with new friends. I recently moved to Seattle from Texas for my full-time job and as exciting as a new chapter in your life can be, it can get lonely but I’m determined to explore and adventure just as much as I did when I was solo abroad. Last summer I heard about the amazing lookout on Mt. Pilchuck from my roommate (thanks Anna) but never got the chance to do it. Once I settled into my new home, I became determined to finally cross it off my list with or without company. As usual, I asked around if anyone was interested and surprisingly six lovely individuals joined in. Our game plan was to get there before sunset, camp the night, and wake up to watch the sunrise. Read More

Ash Takes on Solo Camping

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 4.14.33 PM.pngThis past weekend I left the comfort of my bed and went to Diablo Lake to camp with my dog Mozzie. Friday morning I woke up and knew I needed to get out of town for the weekend. I’ve done camping in the past but never as the only human. Once I settled on a location I told my co-worker/mentor where I was headed for the weekend. He asked, “Are you going by yourself?” When I confirmed, that I indeed was only going with my dog he grew very quiet but I could see his eyes filling with thoughts. I knew our conversation was not over. To be honest, I was nervous to go camping by myself but I didn’t let that stop me.   Read More

How to Score Cheap Flights

Screen Shot 2017-08-06 at 7.59.12 PM.pngOne of my biggest deciding factors on where to go for my next adventure is airfare price. I am always on the hunt for a good deal. Not only do I get an adrenaline rush when I book a good deal but it also really helps with my sadly non-infinite travel budget. I’ve split up the following resources into two categories. The first section is sign-up lists which require you to sign up at no cost to get deals emailed to you. The second section is  websites that allow you to do searches at any time. 

Summary of Top Three

  1. Google Flights (Search)
  2. Scotts Cheap Flights (Sign up)
  3. The Flight Deal  (Sign up)

Best search engine advice I’ve received 

Always search in incognito mode with Google Chrome or private with Safari

Always clear your cookies -> in History tab

Cheapest flights usually fly out on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday 

and remember every single flight to/from the USA is refundable within 24 hours

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Anchorage, Alaska – My First Solo Trip Ever

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I can’t do this by myself what was I thinking? What if I get lonely? What if I can’t handle solo travel? What if I don’t enjoy it? How could I think I was strong enough to go to Alaska alone? 

    All these thoughts ran through my head days before my trip, as the feeling of anxiety replaced my excitement. I wanted to bail and pretend that I had never thought I was capable of taking a trip by myself. I feared the unknown. Well long story short, I put my thoughts aside and I went to Alaska.

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Matanuska Glacier two hours outside of Anchorage Alaska

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A Girl Who Loves to Travel

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          In March of 2016, I joined a Facebook group called Girls Love Travel. That small decision, that single click of a “join group” button changed my life. I know that statement sounds grandiose and super corny, but it’s true. Girls Love Travel has empowered me to face my biggest fears, get out of my comfort zone, and really live life in a completely different way. Read More