Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m Elyssa Mountain, an average girl with an unshakable habit of travelling the globe. If you’re like me, you know the feeling of being in one place too long, and getting that itch, that ache, to see somewhere – anywhere – new. Here you can read my stories from favorite destinations, view photos from around the world, and even get some insider tips, tricks and advice for planning your next trip.

So far I’ve seen 23 countries and visited 5 out of 7 continents. To me, this is not nearly enough. I dream constantly of new places to explore and new cultures to experience. I want to dive into this world head first, sure to make the most of every opportunity!

The beautiful beaches of Bali, Indonesia

But how did I get here? My travel dreams began with a solo trip to London in my freshman year of college. It was a good starting point because I could understand the language, but I was still able to see a new country on my own and through my own lens, taking in everything my eyes could land on. From then on I took many other solo trips. My Sophomore year I studied for 4 months in Salamanca, Spain, taking the opportunity to explore Europe and northern Africa. My senior year, I spent 4 months studying in Singapore, with the chance to explore Southeast Asia. After a year in the corporate world, I decided to drop everyone and move to Thailand. I taught English there and learned a lot about the people and culture.

Bathing elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand

My hope is that I can encourage you to take on some new adventures of your own, whether it be traveling solo to a far away country or even gaining some tips for your next family vaca. It’s great to travel more often, but even more important to immerse yourself in the experience – to meet the people, try the foods, and take a leap of faith for something new and exciting, in cultures completely different from your own. You may be surprised at what you uncover along the way…

Making friends on the beaches of Cambodia

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get adventuring!

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

– Anthony Bourdain