There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

You know, I don’t actually like the book On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
The men in the book had all given up, and traveled with a sort of hopeless desperation.
They're nothing like the traveler that I aspire to be.
But they do serve as a reminder to me, to be a different sort of traveler–
to let the road always call me, but not because I have nothing else.

The original name of this site is Nowhere to Go but Everywhere.

It's not about the hopelessness of having no where to go–
but the excitement of having everywhere to see.

I have spent the last five years traversing the world.
I've motor-biked most of Southern Asia, paraglided the Himalayas,
volunteered with lions and tigers, helped build a Buddhist monastery,
worked in a commune in Italy, hiked the Great Wall of China,
horse-trekked the northern steppe of Mongolia, herded sheep with nomads in Austria,
and spent years as a teacher in Taiwan.

These adventures define my life.
They sustain and inspire me, even in those moments when I've lost my way.

The world is big and beautiful and full of incredible moments.
I hope to share that with you, and to remind you that

there is always everywhere still to go.

My next adventure

2017 has had me in Tanzania, South Africa, and Colombia so far.

It's time to take a break, celebrate a parent's wedding and a sister's baby, and just be home with family a little while.

But don't doubt it for a minute-- itchy feet and a wondering heart will have me ready to wander again soon.

By the way, the pictures on the About page were taken by Alec Vanderboom, a very talented photographer and great friend of mine.

66 Comments on “About

  1. Hi Tessa-Rose. Thanks for the follow! So you discovered the best kept secret known as Taiwan too? Isn’t it amazing there? I’ve only been there twice, but I can’t wait to go back again. Happy trails!

    Cheers,
    Patrick

  2. I randomly ran into your blog, but you hit a soft spot when I saw the words “American Midwest” (I moved from Overland Park, Kansas to Vienna about a month ago to do my Master’s). I’ll probably check in here every once in a while. No need to reciprocate, since my blog is more of a personal deal to my friends and family back home.
    Hope all is well and safe travels!

    1. We traveling Kansans (because that’s really home for me) need to stick together– there’s not so many of us abroad. Vienna is beautiful! Enjoy your time there!

      Thanks for checking out my blog, and happy travels! 🙂

      1. Haha. Well, now that you’re telling me American Midwest = Kansas you get major bonus points.
        Thanks for the good wishes. I might not be travelling as much once I start my Master’s at the end of this month, but feel free to let me know if you ever swing by Vienna. It really is an awesome place and I always love to connect/stayInTouch with people (although I don’t overdo it because I prefer close friends instead of random acquaintances).

        Have fun wherever you’re travelling now and later! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the visit and the follow! I glanced at a few of your posts and really enjoy your writing. I’m a lover of travel too, but you have definitely been to many more countries than me! Enjoy your travels.

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