About This Girl

Put simply, I am a 27 year old girl who wants to see it all. I realize that’s a tall order, but I like to set the bar high. I fell in love with travel after a few trips to England, Europe and Central America. The passion took over from there. So did my Delta flight benefits. Last June (2011), while departing an island in Honduras on a rather questionable ferry ride, I developed a savings plan that would allow me to return for some long-term travel within the year. I came home and put this plan into motion immediately. I worked a second job every weekend or so, cut the cable off and pulled the reins on any potential shopping excursions. I meant business.

It turns out, if you want something badly enough, you just go get it (read more on how I got here ).  So, I did. Tired of the lack of adventure and mystery in my life, I quit the job, set a date and am currently making quite tentative plans regarding my second and third stops.  I will start in Utila, Hondruas for some diving certifications and move south from there. I would imagine Nicaragua or Guatemala is the next stop, as one of my goals here is to become fluent in Spanish. Beyond that, I’m not sure. Something like Costa Rica to Panama via land, followed by Panama to Colombia via boat?  Just not much of a “planner.” It’s kind of the theme here.

That’s the quick rundown of Emily. Amelia, my travel alias, will be blogging full-time once she hits the road.  My intentions for this journey are to grow, evolve, learn and love. Ultimately, I want (or more so need) to get out of my comfort zone. It’s what I preach and I don’t believe you’re truly living until you’ve forced yourself out of it.  I’ll keep you posted on how that all works out. Thank you for reading, supporting, commenting and following. My apologies ahead of time for the over abundance of Christopher McCandless/Into the Wild quotes.


April 23, 2012


21 thoughts on “About This Girl

  1. I’m so excited for you (and jealous)! Maybe you’ll pave the way for me!

  2. cathy on said:

    Em — uh, I mean Am — I’d love to meet up with you somewhere, most likely in SoAmerica somewhere. Stay curious and safe, you’re going to love this….

  3. Dani on said:

    I’m so ridiculously jealous and excited for you. I can’t wait to hear about EVERYTHING and eventually take off and meet you somewhere.

  4. madonna on said:

    lovin your life. stay safe my friend!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Brian on said:

    Morning (or afternoon, depending on where in the world you are!)

    I just wanted to say good luck with your PADI / diving certification, and of course to check up with you about all your amazing journeys and stories! Starla misses you terribly but somehow she is keeping her emotions in check… j/k

    I’m sure you are having an awesome time, but you better be back to FPN at some point so I can treat you to drinks in exchange for anecdotes 😉

    Best, Brian K

  6. Jillian Stacy Mason on said:

    Super jealous of your recent excursions!!! Seriously. Leaving for mine Tuesday (Madrid, Toledo, Malaga, England). Crossing my fingers Scott and I won’t come back!! Haha
    Cheers Em!!!

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  8. Loving it 🙂 seems like we are on similar trails!

    • Thanks so much! I just scrolled through your stuff and am honored by your interest in my blog. Ha. You’re writing is so far ahead of mine. I really envy that. I could learn from you, so I’m glad you found me. I am already following 🙂 Keep up the writing…please. Fantastic stuff!

      • Ha! Im not sure about that at all! But it’s sweet of you to say and I really enjoyed your stuff too. Will be fun to follow each other and see where we end up in this blogging game 🙂 good luck!

  9. Not entirely too sure what linked me to this page or made me stay and read instead of just instinctively click back to my search through the “into The Wild” quotes, but I can honestly say I am thankful for whatever force did so. After reading the book and eventually seeing the movie I went through the hardest emotional times i could imagine along with the maturity changes attached to leaving home for college and forcefully coming to the harsh realizations of modern society and its overwhelming dependency on materialism and self-gratification over more chivalrous and deserving beliefs or lifestyle paths. Honestly i referred to “Into The Wild” more than 100 different times in that period of my life and each time I would comprehend each thing he said in a deeper more applicable way and believe that it was the sole reason I was able to get through it all. So i am of course SUPER jealous as described by the previous commentators, and also wish you the best of luck and cant wait to hear all about how gratifying and truly beautiful your life has become! p.s. There is no such thing as an “overabundance” of Into The Wild quotes 🙂

    • Hi, Richard! Wow. This was quite a way to start of the year. 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind words and I am absolutely thrilled you stumbled upon this site. I empathize with you and hope you continue to be inspired by all things intangible. Life tends to be much richer that way, doesn’t it? Let me know when you decide to take off on an adventure of your own. I’d love to know all about it. Here’s to 2014 being one giant adventure for you (and me)! 🙂

  10. I stumbled upon your blog (then again.. they say “there are no such things as coincidences 😉 ) and you are reminding me, I need to get back into travelling.

    I used to do a lot of it.. but for a while now.. my travelling have been few and far between. I’m glad I found this.. it just confirmed something I’ve been thinking about for a little while..I NEED to get back to the exciting travels.. it’s what makes my heart sing.. thanks

    • That’s great news, Anne! So happy you ran into this. I understand the singing of the heart. It is so important. If traveling lights that fire, then you have no choice but to return to it, do you? 🙂 I’m happy to know I helped push that thought through. Best of luck to you!

  11. Lavonne on said:

    Hi Emily! I worked with your Mom and Dad at Delta and I’ m so happy for them that they have you in their life!

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