My Journey to the Foreign Service

It looks like my blossoming travel blog will have a lot more material in the near future. I will be joining the U.S. Foreign Service as an Office Management Specialist on January 23, 2017.

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3 Days in Amsterdam

On my way to Jordan in December of 2015 I had a six hour layover in Amsterdam, and I desperately wanted to see the city. But I landed in the wee hours of the morning and was pretty discouraged by the inky blackness cocooning the airport. Figuring I wouldn’t see much at 5am I hunkered down in an uncomfortable plastic chair and vowed to return for a longer visit.

When I returned home from my Middle East trip I immediately booked a round-trip ticket to Amsterdam for the Good Friday weekend. So, in March of 2016 I wandered off on another long weekend adventure!

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4 Days in Iceland

Taking advantage of national holidays is one of my favorite things to do to extend a short vacation without eating up my personal time at work. Over Labor Day of 2015 I decided to venture off to Iceland, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. You could easily spend several weeks here, but if you’re looking for a long weekend trip full of adventure this island nation should be top on your list.
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IMG_2536I love to travel – who doesn’t? But I’m not retired, self-employed, independently wealthy, or European. I’m not offered buckets of vacation time – I get 10 days a year. The only thing I have going for me is I work in higher education, and we’re given additional recess days between Christmas and New Year’s. I like the stability and benefits that come with a 9 to 5 job, so I’m not going to be skipping out on “Corporate America” to sell pay-per-click advertising from a beach in Thailand any time soon.

Instead I make do with what I have, and that’s why I’m starting this blog. I get the feeling that most people who want to travel aren’t ready to jump into a year-long, round-the-world backpacking adventure, aren’t planning on quitting their day jobs to travel nonstop across every continent, and probably don’t have more than 1 to 2 weeks of vacation per year.

Read on for sample itineraries and travel tips to learn how you can make the most of your short time in a fabulous destination. Follow along with me as I share some of my stories and misadventures from past trips, and be by my side as I plan upcoming adventures!

Where will you wander?