I’m Gabby, I’m 28 years old and I am a writer. I grew up in southern New Jersey in a small town called Smithville outside Atlantic City. When I was growing up I was fortunate enough to travel often. Before the age of 20 I had visited all U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, and every state on the eastern sea board. Looking back, it makes complete sense to me why I love to travel so much and why I originally started this blog to write about my experiences and advice.
On my twenty-first birthday I boarded a plane to Ireland and would not return the same person. There is something about getting lost in a foreign country and finding your way out that gives you a new-found confidence. Three years later, I road tripped across the country with my parents. Our family spent three weeks exploring parts of my own country that I had never seen before. Standing in the middle of Wall Drug and watching the sunset, I realized I didn’t want to go home. I wanted to see the rest of the world and I wanted to share it with everyone.
Choosing to be a travel blogger.
In September 2017 I married the love of my life in our new home town in Wisconsin. We argued for almost a year over where we wanted to honeymoon before finally deciding on Hawaii. Living in Wisconsin for two years already I was getting restless. I started joking about becoming a travel blogger. It turned into a more serious idea at our rehearsal dinner when Brandon (my husband) bought me the Hero5 GoPro as a wedding gift. I became obsessed and my becoming a travel blogger seemed more and more like a good idea.
When we returned from our trip I had over five hours of videos from four hikes on two different islands. I had so much footage and photographs I didn’t know what to do with myself. I started to jot things down in a notebook and realized I have enough experience and content from travels that I could start a blog. One Sunday night I decided it was time to go for it. I bought my domain, drowned in Youtube tutorials, and got to work. We were taking small trips and I was writing daily. My site traffic was growing and I was putting a lot of money into advertising.
Then life happened… I was diagnosed with infertility and it rocked my world. I struggled for 2 years unable to write and travel, let alone get out of bed at times. Depression took over my entire life. After experiencing somewhat of a spiritual awakening 6 months ago after our IUI failed I started to write a book which is still a work in progress. As we made the difficult decision to stop treatments and live child free so we could start traveling once more–corona virus took the world by storm. Our plans for Italy, England, Scotland, and Napa Valley were cancelled.
Here’s to hoping for a healthier world and a chance at travel redemption very very soon.