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Mexico’s Highest Point and a How to Plan Really Great Adventure!

Over the past few years I have been traveling a lot. I have made my way to 9 countries and spent countless hours in my car crossing state lines. I love it. It's one of those things that might not be for everyone, but I have slowly but surely figured out the way to make traveling work for me. On my last trip to Mexico, I spent a few days in Mexico City before traveling to a volcano and climbing to the ... Read more

Solo Travel and Backpacking Adventure to Iceland

I decided to go to Iceland on a bit of a whim. I was trying to figure out where I wanted to go. I had originally planned to book a flight to Ireland, but when I started looking at flights my mind began wandering.  I eventually ended up at the Salt Lake City airport with a ticket to Iceland in hand. The flight was long, but soon enough I was getting off the plane at the Reykjavik International Airport in Keflavik and ... Read more

Solo Summit of El Misti Volcano near Arequipa, Peru

El Misti is a prominent volcano about 45 minutes from the large city of Arequipa in South Western Peru. I decided to climb it when I was planning my month long trip in South America. I was unaware of how difficult the altitude would be and I was really excited to test myself on this climb. The altitude was on my mind, and the temperature was not. Looking back, I should have taken both into consideration. I started the hike after a ... Read more

Backpacking Brazil Part 2: Rio De Janeiro!

Even though I wasn't as worried as I had previously been when I walked off the plane, I still felt out of place. It was 10pm and I was in downtown Rio. I found a currency exchange and got some cash and was immediately bombarded by cab drivers who were trying to charge me $50 US for a 15 min cab ride. I was told by a local that spoke English to find a yellow cab with a meter (good advice), so ... Read more

Backpacking Brazil Part 1: Stepping into the Unknown!

I spent the last month traveling through South America. I planned to keep a journal while I was there, but I didn't. I planned to write a blog right when I got back, but I didn't... I am not really sure why I waited 2 weeks to write about my experiences, but I guess I did. Most of my posts on this blog have been about experiences that have lasted 1 to 5 days in the wilderness. During my trip to South ... Read more