About Me

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Huacachina, Peru

I’m a Canadian travel addict who’s been to 37 countries on 5 continents, mostly solo. When I took my first solo trip, I was terrified (I cried like a baby at the airport 😭) but since taking that leap, I haven't looked back!

Where it all started

As a teen, I had "wild" dreams of seeing the world, but I thought it was a long shot. My family wasn't rich and I didn't know anyone that travelled very much. Plus I didn't see anyone that looked like me on the travel blogs. But during my last year of high school, I met a black woman who had worked and lived in Japan. That was the confirmation I needed that I could do it too.

However, when I finished my BA in 2007, I started to get cold feet about my plan to teach English in Japan. Enter my second "travel angel", an incredible, badass female traveller who reassured me (after a lot of passionate "arguing" 😂) that my plan wasn't crazy at all. So I went, and it changed my life forever.

Lotoya in Japan
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Miyajima Island, Japan

Lotoya in Japan

The travel bug bit me

In Japan, my appetite for new cultures, new ways of living, and adventure was solidified. I knew I wanted to see the rest of the world (and two weeks of vacation per year wasn't going to cut it!).

I needed to design a life that was "untethered", meaningful and spontaneous.

Creating a travel life

So, I completed my master's degree in 2013 and began my remote career in e-learning. It combines my passions for education and technology and I can do it from anywhere in the world.

Making travel a priority in my life has led me to some incredible experiences like . . .

brazil flag Dancing in the streets during Carnival in Brazil
ecuador flag Living on a beach in Ecuador
peru flag Hiking Machu Picchu in Peru
zimbabwe flag Tracking Rhinos in Zimbabwe
south africa flag Volunteering at a start-up in Cape Town, South Africa
Lotoya travelling abroad and a coffee mug
Lotoya in Japan
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Santorini, Greece with my daughter

Becoming a travel mom

In 2018, my daughter was born. I heard all of the typical advice about settling down and people doubted I'd be able to continue travelling with a child.

But I believe the world is our best teacher and I'm determined to share those values with my daughter. Without oodles of cash and with the usual challenges of motherhood, we're seeing the world together.

Spreading the word

It's my mission to share my travel experiences with the world and to inspire women to create their own travel adventures.

You can choose to take a local solo trip alone for the weekend or take a few months to escape and see the world. As long as you’re living life on your terms and making beautiful memories along the way!

Join my community of travel-loving women for all support, encouragement, real-world tips, and advice you need. Subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Insta.

Countries I've Visited

37 countries and counting. You can do the same! 😉

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