It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, but brace yourselves: There are about to be a lot more blog posts coming your way! Let me start off by saying that I’ve been doing some soul-searching over the past few months, specifically in regard to this blog and the function I want it to serve. It started out as a place where I could share my adventures in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji with my family and friends. After returning from living in Oceania, I took a break for a while – but I started blogging again earlier this year, in the hopes of making this a healthy living blog.
That was going well for a while, but I felt like I was trying to pack too many topics into one blog. I started getting overwhelmed at the amount of work it would take to pull off that kind of thing (in addition to running my freelance business) and I decided to take a step back. Over the past few weeks, I’ve given a lot of thought to what I want to write about on here, and what makes the most sense for me.
The thing is, while I travel a lot, I don’t travel all the time. The question, then, is what should I write in the interim? This year, I brought in a lot of different topics: healthy recipes, nutrition, meditation, yoga, and travel tips, to name a few. I am convinced that there’s a market for this kind of thing. Lots of women like myself are passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, which includes mindful travel and life experiences.
So, I’ve redefined my site’s tagline. Instead of calling it a “Healthy Lifestyle and Travel Blog for Truth Seekers,” I’ve updated it to “Fit Travel & Yoga Lifestyle.” It may seem like a pretty subtle difference, but long story short, I’m going to focus a little less on the nutrition aspect. Instead, my focus is going to be on how you can live healthy WHILE traveling. That’s not to say there won’t be any recipes in here, but I’m primarily going to focus on food as it relates to fueling a nomadic lifestyle, rather than how to eat and cook at home.
Will my content focus change again in a few months? Maybe. But for now, I think this is the way to go. Which brings me to my big announcement…
I have a big trip coming up! Like, a really big one. One of those defining adventures, like my summer in Europe or my time living in New Zealand, that I will look back on for years and say “Remember that time in my life? That was so cool.” I live for these kinds of experiences, I really do.
So, here it is: I’m going to be spending January and February in South America, and unlike my big adventures up until now, I won’t be going it alone. My boyfriend Logan will be traveling with me, so basically, we’re going to learn all those little, unglamorous things about each other that you can’t really learn until you live or travel together. JK – kind of.
I honestly couldn’t be happier or more excited to be traveling with such a fantastic partner. Our itinerary is still a little bit up in the air, but the general outline is this: We’ll fly into Lima (Peru), and spend the next few weeks in Peru, visiting Machu Picchu and taking busses around the country, hopefully seeing some cool mountain towns along the way. Then, we’ll either venture down the coast to Santiago (Chile) or take a plane East to Buenos Aires (Argentina). This will depend on some freelancing work that I may be starting soon, because if I do, I’ll need to cut the bussing-and-hosteling part short and stay stationary in one city with good Wi-Fi. Regardless, that will complete the month of January, and then from February 1-March 3, we have an apartment rented in Rio De Janeiro (Brazil). We’ll be there for an entire month because Logan will be spending his time training jiu jitsu (you may recall he had a similar adventure in Thailand back in April). I, on the other hand, will hopefully be waking up early, getting some work done, and then heading down to the beach!
Our apartment is in Ipanema, which is bustling and busy with nightlife, shopping, restaurants and beaches. I’m working on my Portuguese, but it’s certainly not as strong as my Spanish, so that’s an area I really need to work on. We rented the apartment itself through Airbnb, and it looks absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to have this immersive experience and spend the entire month in such an interesting place.
I’ve wanted to go to South America for a long time. My dad is really my inspiration here – he traveled around South America in his 20s as well, and has been telling me about it for most of my life. His stories have always inspired me to learn more about the world, and I can’t wait to see some of the places he’s been telling me about for years.
You may also have done the math to realize that we’re going to be in Rio for Carnival. I am SO excited about this. Honestly, going to Carnival has been a lifelong dream of mine. I’m sure the actual experience will be nothing like what I’m expecting (if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my travels, it’s never to have expectations), but that’s part of the fun.
Finally, you may be wondering how I’m affording this. My freelancing has actually gone really well, and I’m planning to move back out on my own next summer (most likely to Chicago) after I’ve returned from this crazy trip. I still have to pinch myself sometimes to see if I’ve actually made the freelance lifestyle a reality. It’s been a goal of mine for so long, and now I finally have the flexibility I desire in my work life. I’m planning to take two weeks off while we’re traveling around Peru, but other than that, I’ll be working throughout this entire trip. I actually kind of like that idea. I feel like it gives you more of a sense of what it’s really like to live in a foreign place when you have to work during your time there.
Another thing that helps is that these countries are comparatively quite affordable. While I probably wouldn’t be able to rent an apartment in London for two months on my freelance salary, South America is much more doable. The flight was a little pricy, but the combined total for this trip will still be about equal to the amount of rent I’d be paying in Chicago. I could’ve done it even more cheaply if we weren’t going during Carnival, but that was a splurge I felt I had to make.
Obviously, my blogging will be picking back up dramatically while we’re traveling around. I can’t wait to share the entire experience with you guys!
And ONE final thing: You may have noticed that my site has changed a little bit. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter (it’s on the right-hand side of the site) to make sure you keep receiving email updates when I post on the blog. Follow me on Instagram, too, because I post yoga, travel and healthy living content almost every day, and I plan to post A LOT of South America pics very soon.
Until next time,