Who Is Eva?
The short answer?
I grew up in Syracuse, New York, and was bitten by both the travel and acting bugs at an early age. From visiting family in Virginia to family vacations in Arizona and even a 10 day whirlwind tour of Europe at the age of 11, travel became the well from which I drew my perspective. Through travel I was able to see how people around the world live, far different from my small life in Syracuse, and yet in essence the same. My desire to perform led me to New York City after graduating college, where I was able to travel to anywhere in the world simply by visiting a new neighborhood.
A couple of trips to Europe heightened my wanderlust, and I decided to make travel my full time job. After saving around $10,000 in just under 2 years, while living in New York City, I left in November 2015 for the unknown. Since then, I’ve traveled to over 10 countries and found a way to make money on the road. Now I work as a travel content creator and social media manager as I slowly traverse our planet.
I am scared of absolutely everything.
From reading the above two paragraphs you may have thought to yourself ‘she’s brave, and that’s why she can travel,’ or ‘I wish I could travel like that, but it’s just too frightening.’ Let me assure you, I am not brave and I don’t have any special powers. I’ve simply learned to look my fears dead on and do what frightens me anyways. And I’ve accumulated a lot of tips and tricks along the way. If you’re a fellow scaredy cat, but you want to travel more, stick around and I can show you how to live the life you’ve been dreaming of!
[If you want the long answer, stick around until the end of this page!]
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Facts About Me
I like coffee. A lot. I’m on a constant search for the best cups of coffee around the world.
I spend FAR too much money on food.
I can’t resist unique accommodations and design hostels.
Nature is one of my biggest teachers and a source of constant amazement.
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Eva Explores Elsewhere on the Web
Guest Blog Posts
How To Travel When You’re Afraid Of Everything
on The Wonder Forest
Local Guide: Astoria, NY, USA
on Adoration 4 Adventure
Where Is…Eva Explores?
on Where Is Nikki?
Wednesday Women: Eva
on She Went Wear
Up and Coming Travel Accounts To Follow on Instagram in 2017
on Taylor’s Tracks
31 Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers from the Experts
on Be My Travel Muse
12 Travel Bloggers On How You Can Completely Up Your Snapchat Game
on Elite Daily (Originally posted on Taylor’s Tracks)
8 Awesome Travel Bloggers You Should Follow on Snapchat
on Where Is Nikki?
The 16 Travel Personality Types
on Two Drifters
9 Under The Radar Travel Snapchatters Jet-Setting Around The Globe
on The Wayfarer’s Book
15 Snapchat Accounts That Will Make You Want To Travel More
on Power Couple Life
Here’s How To Find The Best Food In Any Destination
on The Culinary Travel Guide
Why Eva Explores?
It took me a long time to come to see myself as an explorer.
Even from the time I was very young I was cautious. Always waiting to see if the coast was clear before coming out of my shell. But when I decided it was safe? Watch out, you couldn’t shut me up. It’s still pretty much like that.
Because of these two, sometimes at odds, sides of myself, I constantly feel the pull between wanting to get out there in the world and retreat into myself.
This manifested in a lot of fears when I was younger. I was afraid of EVERYTHING. That’s why it amazes me now that I am able to say, zipline through the mountains of Costa Rica with almost no anxiety. I couldn’t even go down a waterslide a mere 15 years ago.
Travel, especially solo travel, has been about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and seeing that I CAN accomplish the things I set my mind to. It just may be at a slower pace than most other people. And that’s okay.
Another reason why I travel is to experience life the way other people on this planet experience it. From the time I was 4 years old I wanted to be an actress. One of the main reasons, was that I loved stepping into someone else’s shoes. Someone who had a vastly different background from me. It allowed me to experience, in some small way, another facet of life. Travel accomplishes this same goal.
For the longest time it saddened me to no end that I couldn’t time travel. That I would never be able to know exactly what life was like for the human beings that came before me. Through travel and performing I am able to time travel in a way. Sometimes almost literally, through visiting historic sights and folk museums.
And it’s through this desire to experience everything life has to offer that I’ve come to see myself as an explorer.
Sometimes I’m an explorer of natural wonders.
Sometimes I’m an explorer of ancient ruins.
Sometimes I’m an explorer in my own backyard.
The important thing is to explore. To not take anything at face value. To dig deep to the root of what makes a place, a person, a time in history tick.
There’s so much to do and see (and eat) in this world, and if I can’t experience all of it, I’m at least going to try my damnedest while I’m here.