About Me

Hi, I’m Jane. It’s Juana in Spanish–pronounced wanna, like, you wanna dance?

I travel, I write, I read and I eat.

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Happy in Halong Bay, Vietnam

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!

~Jane

 

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Picture of woman working from her laptop in Dalat, Vietnam. Digital nomad inside the Sivananda Ashram in Dalat, Vientam.

Working in Dalat, Vietnam, where I spent three weeks at an ashram.

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