Hi, I’m Jane. It’s Juana in Spanish–pronounced wanna, like, you wanna dance?
I travel, I write, I read and I eat.
One day, James invited me to backpack with him through Latin America for a year. My first thought was: Been there done that.
My second thought was: But not for a year. So let’s do it! I postponed my plans to become a nurse. If I really want that life, it’ll be there when I return.
That was back in 2015. We’ve been traveling ever since.
Some of the crazier things I’ve seen or done:
- I rode a bike and hitchhiked from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by myself
- I rode a bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles by myself
- Fished for piranhas in the Amazon
- Hiked inside a mine in Potosi, Bolivia where people threw dynamite over their shoulders
- Spent a few days in Cap Haitian, Haiti
- Flew to East Timor for a few days, just to see it
- Hiked and rappeled down a steep waterfall with children and dogs in Juayúa, Salvador
- Spent 24 hours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to watch two Olympic game matches
- Ate Fugu in Osaka, Japan
- Watched sumo wrestling in Fukuoka, Japan
- Had tacos and beer, more than once, at 1am in Tijuana’s red light district
- Hiked through the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam
- Camped on a sidewalk in Kingston, Jamaica when I couldn’t find a budget hostel
- Snorkeled with sting rays, eels and baby sharks in Belize
- Consumed Ayahuasca inside a teepee in Vilcabamba, Ecuador
- Lived in the gastronomic city of Lima, Peru for several months
- Learned to tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina, twice
- Hitch hiked from Honduras to Nicaragua
- Hitch hiked on the Pacific coast of Mexico
- Did a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat in Indonesia
- Traveled solo to Suva, Fiji just to see it
- Bungee jumped in Taupo, New Zealand
- Rode the Trampoline of Death in Colombia
- Lived in the salsa capital of the world, Cali, Colombia, for six weeks
- Lived in Cusco, Peru, for six weeks
- Traveled Cuba solo during the Bush years
- Married James in Bali, Indonesia
- Lead city tours in downtown San Diego, U.S.A.
- Ate a crab cake in Baltimore, U.S.A.
- Moved to San Francisco, U.S.A. with $300 in my pocket
- Saw a wild bald eagle in South Dakota, U.S.A.
This is how I came up with the name for my blog. I’ve been traveling since I was 18 years old and for a long time, I thought that I was simply wandering. I thought traveling was just another hobby – like improv and dancing.
After I got my BA from UCSD, I tried to settle down, “get serious” and find a nine to five. I promised my mom that I wouldn’t travel for a year. But after that year was over, I did a road trip that dropped me off in San Francisco and I somehow ended up almost passing out on the Santa Monica Pier some eight days later.
Today, I’m a Digital Nomad. When people ask me what I do, I say that I write. Among other things, I write copy for social media content, I write newsletters and blogs for entrepreneurs. In between the three or four hours of work I put in everyday, I roam the roads of my new temporary home with my husband – also a Digital Nomad.
I hope that here, you’ll find inspiration for how to begin your own nomadic journey. I hope to dispel myths about certain so-called dangerous countries. As a married woman, I hope to share wisdom on how to keep it together with your travel partner and as a woman who has traveled solo many times, I hope to persuade you to be a bad ass, wait for no one and take off on your own. Happy travels!