Drinking a fresh coconut at River Bumpkin Farm in Jamaica.

Hi, Fellow Travelers!

My name is Caitlin Gallagher and I’m a 20-something writer and editor in Chicago. While my home base is the windy city, I’m always either planning a trip or off on one. My wanderlust first kicked in when I studied abroad in Ireland in college, and it still hasn’t worn off (and I hope it never will). I moved back to Ireland after college and lived there for two years, and in addition to meeting my husband, further fell in love with getting stamps in my passport. From there, I moved to NYC, where I set up shop for five years in Brooklyn (and spent almost every free second upstate), and recently came back home to Chicago.

From big European adventures to short road trips a few towns over, every corner of the world I haven’t seen (no matter how small) is on my list. And since I always wish someone could pick my brain and create travel content I want in once place, I thought I would try to do just that for you. I do a crazy amount of research before every trip I take to find comfy and cool places to stay that won’t break the bank, a mix of big things and off-the-beaten-path things to do, the best and coolest restaurants that locals would recommend (and by cool, I definitely don’t mean $$$), and, yes, sometimes the best photo spots. If I had to label it, I would say I’m a budget-friendly adventure traveler who wants to do things most others haven’t (case in point: my trip to Mount Everest next year!).

Despite constantly planning and booking new trips, I’m not on the road 24/7. I have a full-time job, a husband, and a dog, but that definitely doesn’t mean I can’t still see the world when and how I want (I’ll happily go somewhere by myself if my husband can’t come)! I don’t think anyone needs to feel restricted by a job or get discouraged because they follow bloggers who sold everything and have been traveling for months (or even years). Everyone’s path is different, and that’s OK! If you don’t have a new Instagram photo to post every single day from a different location, you’re not failing. Travel at your own pace, and don’t feel like you have to keep up with anyone else.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope you find something that will make your travels a bit more epic.

See you out there!