Hello and welcome all!
My name is Amy, and I’m a twentysomething based in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve technically been traveling internationally since I was 6 years old, when my dad’s company transferred him to Moscow, Russia, where I lived and played for three fun and interesting years before moving back to the States. I cultivated a fondness and even a comfort with traveling – from annual Spring Breaks to Dubai to flying to and from the States every Christmas and summer, along with many other trips in between, I got to a point where I felt the most at home on planes and in airports. And this was all before I even turned 9!
As I got older, my family continued to travel internationally. Not as much as we did when we lived in Russia, but there were some memorable vacations to the UK and France while I was growing up, and during high school I went on a student trip led by my AP US History teacher to Prague, Bratislava, Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin, and Munich for 10 days, which was incredible and really re-sparked my love of world travel. When I was in college, in the spring of 2014, I spent an amazing semester in London, during which I spent most weekends and my spring break adventuring around Europe. Most kids I was with preferred to spend most weekends partying in London, but I had already been to London a few times and just wanted to explore places I had either never been before or hadn’t been to since high school. It was such a crazy and fun experience traipsing around Europe, seeing and experiencing things I never had thought I would, eating local foods and drinking traditional beverages, and exploring every nook and cranny that I could find.
A month after I came home from London, I packed up and left again, this time to Dublin, Ireland, where I was fortunate enough to snag a sweet (although unpaid) internship in Dublin with an event organizer. During the 2.5 months I was there, I got to know Dublin like the back of my hand and got to explore other places in Ireland and Northern Ireland, like Cork, Kilkenny, Galway, and Belfast. I developed a passionate love affair with Ireland; it is my favorite country in the world. In fact, I am heading back to Dublin for a week soon, and I can’t even explain how thrilled I am to be returning.
Join me as I share my experiences, stories, tips, resources, and recommendations from the places I’ve been to see and experience the world without killing their bank accounts. I did a lot of my traveling on a budget; I always stayed in hostels and went to restaurants that weren’t crazy expensive (unless I was with my parents), and I took advantage of student deals at bars and clubs. This is gonna be a wild ride!