The Journey From Florida to California

The untold story of that time I drove from Florida to California without knowing anyone to start a dream job. I lived in an RV for 3 weeks. Happiest days ...

South American Explorers pub quiz in Cusco

South American Explorers Club in Cusco, Peru

Ah, the life of an expat in Peru. It sounds so daring, so rebellious. It must be FULL of adventure, right? Well, to be honest, it can be filled with a ...

An Expat's Guide to Living in Cusco in the #1 spot in the Kindle Store's South America Travel books best sellers list

My Book Hit #1 on the Kindle Store’s South American Travel Category!

Yesterday was crazy. My book, An Expat’s Guide to Living in Cusco officially launched on Amazon. All day I was promoting the book, hoping to get it to hit #1 in ...


Me at Machu Picchu

How I Afford to Travel (Yes, I Reveal Exact Dollar Amounts)

How do I afford to travel the world? In this post I ...
How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog (in 10 Steps)

Wondering how to start a blog? This post has step-by-step instructions with ...
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I Quit My Dream Job

Yesterday was my last day at work. For most (some of my closest ...

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My First Book Is Published! Check Out “An Expat’s Guide to Living in Cusco”

I’m an author. This is my book. For sale. On Amazon.   You can click here to buy it*. An Expat’s Guide to Living in Cusco is only $5.99 right now! That’s a promotional price for its first week. Next week, the price will go up. *The above link and all the links to my book on […]

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Cusco eBook Giveaway Prize Pack 1

Giveaway: Win a Hotel Stay, Peruvian Cooking Classes, Spanish Lessons, and Artisan Goods from Cusco, Peru

**UPDATE MARCH 20, 2015: Congratulations to the winner of Prize Pack 1: John McKinney And the winner of Prize Pack 2: Michal Kovac** The BIG giveaway is here! To celebrate the release of my eBook, An Expat’s Guide to Living in Cusco (which will be available on Amazon March 16!), I’m giving away awesome prizes from Cusco, Peru.  There are two […]

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Updates on My Cusco eBook, Reader Survey Results, and Travel Plans

My eBook, An Expat’s Guide to Living in Cusco I know, I know. I’ve teased you since SEPTEMBER about this eBook, and you no longer believe me when I say it’s coming. Well, it’s coming. My manuscript has been sent to my editor! She’ll have it back to me around the end of this month. […]

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There were puppies. Nuff said.

How to Find an Apartment in Cusco, Peru, Part 2: What I Found and How Much It Cost

There were drug dealers on my corner. I discovered this only after I had handed 1,200 soles ($400USD) in cash to a complete stranger who was now my landlord, after he had assured me the apartment was “muy seguro.” (Very safe.) It was nighttime, and I was walking out of my soon-to-be apartment when my landlord stopped me and issued a stern warning: “Be […]

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2015 Reader Survey (AKA “Who Are You, and What Do You Want From Me?”)

Dearest reader, Thank you for reading this. Now, I wanna hear from you! Click this post and take my 10-minute survey to help me improve The Wherever Writer.

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My Secret Trip to a Beach Hideaway + Download My Free Gift to You

There is something thrilling about keeping a secret, the good kind of secret. The kind that makes you smile just thinking of it, and makes you keep it to yourself lest outside opinions should tarnish its shine. It was a secret of this sort that compelled me to drive a couple of hours to a […]

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Ask The Hard Questions

Did you know you can build a bridge with a question? I had just gotten off the plane from Cusco, eyes red and puffy from crying, stomach growling from not eating in the past 24 hours, my shoulders slumped under the weight of my backpack and something else I couldn’t quite name. As I trudged […]

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Pay Attention to the Signs

Just in time for the holiday season, my car’s dashboard is twinkling like a Christmas lights display. It’s been alerting me that I need an oil change for eight weeks now. It’s been warning me that I’m low on gas for the past three days. 72 miles left…50 miles…40… I wonder how long I can […]

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How to Find an Apartment in Cusco, Peru, Part 1

You know how when you get something you REALLY like, two months later, you’re like, “But WHAT IF there’s something BETTER out there?” No? That might just be me. I was living quite happily in a bedroom in a shared “hospedaje”/hostel/guesthouse, with an expat family and several other foreign guests, but after a month, I […]

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view from San Cristobal Cusco

Best Neighborhoods to Live in Cusco, Peru (and the Ones to Avoid)

Many people have been emailing me to ask about the best neighborhoods in Cusco, Peru. Below are my personal favorites. I have rented places in the top three. (Okay, so maybe I rented the apartment in San Blas for only one night–but that’s a story for another time.) 1. San Blas Yes, this will be […]

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