Hi, I’m Valerie.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a BSc in Biology and a BA in Spanish Studies. So far, I have spent my post-graduate life traveling, teaching English abroad in Madrid, Spain, and working for The Mentat, a startup based in San Francisco that helps people find jobs.

I like to think of myself as an avid traveler, coffee addict, passionate writer, environmentalist and a health & fitness enthusiast.

Welcome to my space on the Internet, my place where I share all of these interests.


Before anything else, I am a travel writer, telling my stories here on my blog and using them as inspiration for longer pieces.

I have visited 35+ countries over 4 continents, I am constantly seeking to cross more and more places off my list, a list that seems to grow longer with each trip I take. I have also extensively traveled within Spain, and now I know the country as a second home.

I hope that this blog inspires people to seek out adventure in their own lives, much like how I look for it in mine. Every day is an opportunity for new adventures, experiences, and life lessons to be learned. Without an open mind and a bit of wanderlust, so many great things pass us by.

Health & Fitness

This is the lesser developed element of my blog that I am striving to work on in 2017. As I have gotten more serious about developing myself in terms of fitness and have been working toward better health, I have learned a lot. My short journey so far has already begun to change my life for the better, and I want to share my personal experiences in hopes that they could help others who are looking for the push to start now.


In addition to running this blog, I also have an active YouTube channel where I post weekly travel and other videos from my life (SUNDAYS!) as well as promotional videos I have created for different companies. Please subscribe if you haven’t already for updates!

Thank you for taking the time to read this far! 😉


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  1. Hi Val! Your cover photo is great! We’ve noticed you’ve been quite a few places. Looks like Hungary, Spain, Poland, etc. Anyways, we’re looking for smart travel bloggers to join our community at Yonderlist, and we’d love for you to come rate some of the places you’ve been. Reviewing places can also earn your blog more exposure. Swing by for a visit! http://www.yonderlist.com/for-bloggers


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