Welcome to Spin the Globe Project! I’m Anna, a twenty-something with an appetite for adventure. After graduating with degrees in Sustainability and International Development, a few things were true about my life. I was more lost than ever, I felt relatively unqualified to start any type of career, and I had an itch to know more. So, I packed my bags and set off in pursuit of becoming a global citizen.
I have spent the last five years crossing off and simultaneously adding bucket-list items, taking me through Incan Ruins in the Andes, to the thin air on top of Mount Kilimanjaro and diving with crocodiles in Australia.
Growing up in a military family, I was no stranger to the nomadic lifestyle. So it was probably inevitable that I booked a one-way ticket across the world. Through volunteering, studying abroad and working in international nonprofits, I have managed to backpack around Africa, South America, North America, Oceania, Europe and Asia.
I strive to combine storytelling with my cultural experiences to promote human rights. I am my happiest after a hike (especially if it ends with a waterfall), and I pride myself on my ability to meticulously map out a trip, or disregard plans and embrace spontaneity if the moment calls for it. No matter where I am, I can be found with my trusty backpack nearby and ready to go.
Where I’ve been…
I have been to: 46 out of 196 countries
I have lived in: 5 countries (Tanzania, Peru, USA, Australia, Germany) and on 5 continents
In the United States of America:
I have been to: 34 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia
I have lived in: 7 states (Arizona, Texas, Kansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York)
Where I am going…
I am currently hiding in a cabin in the woods to save money while I convert this Ford, Transit cargo van into my mobile home.
In July, I’ll be heading to Israel to retrace my heritage on a Birthright trip.
Then in August, I’m hitting the road and traveling across the USA and Canada to explore as many national parks as I can while sharing my van life journey with you!
Read more about why I decided to live in a van here.
or read more about Spin the Globe Project here.