My name is Rachel. I’m in my late 20s working in the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and internationally based out of Pittsburgh though I’m originally from outside of Boston. If you ask where I’ve lived, I’ll tell you some combination of: Massachusetts; Pennsylvania; Ohio; Les Cayes, Haiti; and Pune, India and Bangkok, Thailand.
I started this blog in 2012 when I traveled for the first time on my own. That July, I flew from my beloved, murky Atlantic to a sunny island in the middle of the Pacific on a research grant to Oahu. I learned a lot about myself and my perspectives of the world on that trip. Since then this blog has been a place for me to sort through some of my thoughts about travel and the big questions it raises. What began as a site for me to share travel tips has become something much more reflective and valuable to me as I process my thoughts. Since those early experiences, I have spent time studying much of what interested, confused, excited, and angered me academically as I earned a Master of Social Work and Master of International Development and a 200-hour yoga teacher certification.
I’ll always be learning. The world is such a diverse, beautiful, grieving, and triumphant place and I continue to search for my small place in it. I love to write as a way to process and reflect, but sometimes it’s hard for me to let go of my expectations of what that looks like. I try anyways here.