Welcome to Spin the Globe Project! I’m Anna, a twenty-something with an appetite for adventure, a desire for simplicity, and nomadic tendencies. Hence why I live in a self-converted, self-contained, solar-powered van with my dog Cagney.
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 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, diving with crocodiles in Australia, and swimming with giant Manta Rays in Thailand.
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 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 ALWAYS be found with my trusty backpack nearby and ready to go.
Where I’ve been…
I have been to: 48 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)
So how did I go from being a travel-seeker with a day job, to a full-time nomad in a van?
In February I quit my job at a nonprofit in NYC, packed my backpack and headed to Asia without a plan for two months. I trekked my way through a Thai jungle, found some zen, learned how to scuba dive, & decided two things.
- I want to explore the pristine and natural beauty of the parks and forests of my own country (USA).
- I need to stop flirting with travel and commit full-time.
So, I converted this Ford, Transit cargo van…
Into my new mobile home…
And hit the road…
Now I’m sharing my van life journey with you on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube! So don’t forget to subscribe and follow along.
Read more about why I decided to live in a van here.
or read more about Spin the Globe Project here.