Welcome to A Wandering Sole
I am a twenty-something southern girl with a background in design. I’m a runner, a volunteer, an Africa enthusiast, and a bit of a free-spirit. I graduated from college in 2008, took a 10-week trip to Africa, and returned home to a crappy economy with $200 in my pocket. My sister and brother-in-law graciously let me move in with them, and shortly after, I found a job. And then I got antsy. So instead of waiting for the economy to turn around and for that dream job to appear from thin air, I took things into my own hands. I pulled out my travel guides and started planning. In December 2009, I took the plunge and bought a one-way plane ticket with no regrets. In March 2010, I set off on an around the world trip and returned home just days before Thanksgiving. I ran to the lowest point on Earth (the Dead Sea), tracked gorillas in Rwanda, climbed a volcano in DR Congo, went on a few safaris, got blessed by a monk, hit by a motorcycle, hitchhiked 500km., volunteered in Kenya, Malawi, and Thailand, danced the night away in Barcelona, snorkeled in Bali, and explored Petra…. just to name a few. Since then I have spent a summer working in a rural village in South Africa and most recently took a US cross-country road trip. Now I’m just taking life one day at a time and seeing what comes next.
This site is home to these adventures. I enjoy writing about travel, culture, design, and running. Through A Wandering Sole, you can read about places, people, and adventures, and experience these for yourself through photos. My ultimate goal is to reveal that underneath drastic cultural differences, there is a common bond among us all. I hope my travel tales will give you inspiration for your next itinerary or maybe just a laugh along the way.
Join me on my adventures around the globe. You can subscribe to updates via email, RSS, or follow along on Facebook. I’m always open to comments or suggestions. If there is something you want to know, just ask. If there is something you would like to read about and you haven’t found it on my blog, request it. And if you just happen to be traveling anywhere remotely near me, give me a shout out!
Note: Occasionally, I receive travel discounts or complimentary services in exchange for a review. I will always be honest- if I wouldn’t stay, do, or see it again, then I won’t put my stamp of approval on it. I hope you find valuable advice for your future travels :)