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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is a letter to anyone who hasn’t considered traveling — especially 20-somethings. Or, maybe, you considered it, and then let all of the possible risks turn you away. I wrote this to change your mind. Procrastination is the death of experience. Instead of saying yes or no, we tell ourselves “I’ll get to […]
I feel like Dublin has a reputation for being the necessary evil of Ireland. Everyone tells you about how gorgeous the countryside is and how quaint the villages are. You’ll run across plenty who will tell you that Dublin is dirty, grey, and nothing like the rest of the Emerald Isles. Listen, haters: I know. […]
Street and market food is where it’s at. Borough Market, Brick Lane Market, Camden Lock Market, Berwick Street Market… see them all. Eat them all. 2. Buckingham Palace does not have a moat or crocodiles and is basically impossible to take pictures of. And there are too many people. Put it in your itinerary for […]
I basically starved my way through Europe. It wasn’t some sort of magical foodie filled wonderland for me. Being Celiac in this day and age is pretty challenging when everyone and their brother claims to “not eat gluten,” – making all of us with the actual disease look like hipsters. Traveling was all tuna […]
You know whats relatively easy now? Working out. You know whats hard? Moving. Moving is the worstest. I don’t even know where to begin packing. I have a pile of things on the floor that need to go in a box but I’m too overwhelmed to go find one. I can backpack through a continent, […]
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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