I’m Carly, a writer, translator, and world traveler. I write personal essays, plan travel itineraries, and jot down all the best travel shortcuts I’ve uncovered during my travels to over 50 countries on 6 continents.
Ever since I was a kid growing up in Michigan with maps of Africa on my bedroom walls, traveling has been my passion. I was that kid whose favorite board game was called Geografacts. In college, I studied English, Spanish, and German, and wrote my thesis on National Geographic to explore different perspectives on travel writing and photography.
My interests always led me back to travel, and writing. I studied and taught in Cuba, Ecuador, and Mexico, and was a Fulbright teacher in Austria. I went back to the States briefly to study comparative and world literature at Cornell University, where I wrote about the spaces of hotels and the concept of home in Spanish, Japanese, and English novels.
In 2012, I moved to Germany, where I write, translate, and teach, and collect new German words every day. My German husband and I run a local business and travel the world (we fell in love on a two-month motorcycle trip to Armenia and back, through 14 countries and one self-proclaimed autonomous republic). We live in a ridiculously picturesque village of 338 people and spend about a third of the year on the road.
I started this blog to share practical tips about traveling (under Itineraries and Shortcuts) but also to tell you all my stories about the best parts of authentic traveling: the thrill of making it from Germany to Mt. Ararat on a motorcycle without a map, hallucinatory food poisoning, being almost tipped over by a pod of humpback whales in a glorified rowboat captained by a guy named Jesus, getting trapped in a sweltering elevator in Athens, and following a secret map to a perfect beach.
I hope this blog helps you plan adventures of your own. Even though the world has already been mapped, it’s still there to be discovered.
You can always get in touch with me at email@example.com. Thank you for reading!