19 and 20 were really big years for me. 19 made me feel uncomfortable and made me want to find ways to become a better version of myself. This started my solo travel habit and gave me a new drive to be someone who makes a difference. 19 also took me to a new home […]
Capitola is the underrated beach town of adorableness that you may have missed when you were journeying between LA and San Francisco. While Capitola is certainly packed in the summer and difficult to park in, it is still a perfect sunny beach and great beach town that is totally worth trying to get to. If […]
Boston has a special place in my heart — it’s home to my beloved Red Sox, and it’s one of the first cities I can remember going to as a kid. Boston and New York taught me to love the wild rush that is life, and made me want to move to a city someday. […]
Let me preface this post by saying that I am Celiac, so my condition is a bit more extreme than someone who is intolerant, or who chooses to be gluten free for health reasons. I have to worry about cross-contamination down to the extreme — such as finding places that handle your food in a […]
If you make it to Yosemite, I highly recommend that you do the Upper Yosemite Falls hike. It may be the equivalent of climbing the Empire State Building multiple times, but it’s beautiful and entirely worth the sweat. Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America, and this hike gets you up close and […]
While California is certainly full of things to do and see, I don’t think anything comes close to hiking in Yosemite National Park. Take it from someone who has spent considerable time wandering around the state this year — Yosemite is worth whatever means you have to take to get there. For us, “means” meant […]
Pre-travel me and post-travel me feel years apart, even if they’re basically fraternal twins. Making the decision to travel right before I turned 20 was perfect timing — it brought about character changes and taught me lessons that have been propitious as I have tried to navigate this next chapter of my life with higher stakes […]
I arrived in San Diego with 24 hours to see absolutely everything — challenge accepted! As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I tend to skip over anything that could remotely be categorized as a tourist activity. I like to wander and watch a place wake up in the morning, stand in line with […]
There is something special about vinyl records that makes them feel like friends. Vinyl records are more than music — they are an experience. It all starts with the moment when you walk into the record shop and thousands of albums with their bright covers all vie for your attention. There are so many choices […]
A word of caution: there is a difference between booking a seat on a ferry, and booking a ticket for passage by way of a ferry. Behind one door is a reserved dining area where you mingle with an elite circle (the frequent sailors club, if you will) over cocktails and roast beef, before retiring […]
Hi, I'm Moriah. With an O.
Curious Cat. Impulsive Adventurer. Dog Person. Coffee Addict. This is the un-scripted tale of my quest to make the most of my 20s, and I really want you to play a part. Do you like passport stamps, sushi, motivational quotes, vinyl records, tiny details, sarcastic humor, and that satisfying feeling of I-did-something-with-my-life-today? Were gonna go to amazing places together. (And no, you don't have to be 20!)
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