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7 years ago I left small-town Pennsylvania to backpack Central America and I've never looked back. I've been on the road since, putting down roots in Costa Rica for 5 years before moving on to new adventures. I am a full-time digital nomad and writer.
On Sky vs World, I share travel tips and guides for solo travelers, with a particular emphasis on plus size travel, history, culture, food, and Latin America. I've worked with several tourism boards in the past, including Destination Gettysburg, Visit Pittsburgh, Louisiana Northshore and more.
Easy Party Cocktails is a food blog focused on cocktails and boozy treats. Several posts have gone viral and it currently reaches over 140,000 views per month on Pinterest.
I am looking to partner with destinations, hotels, and brands that offer inclusivity with an emphasis on solo travel, as well as food and liquor brands.
In addition to these two blogs, I am a freelance writer and SEO specialist. I am also able to create SEO-optimized content for the brand's website in addition to mine.
My trip to Vegas came at the end of a long string of trips. After spending weeks exploring Quintana Roo and celebrating my birthday in Lexington and going to a bridal shower in Arkansas, I was pretty close to b-r-o-k-e. So it became my mission to explore Vegas as cheap as possible, except for the days my friends were in town as we’d already booked a room at Mandalay Bay. For the first two nights on my own, my goal was simply to book the cheapest accommodation possible. It ended up being my favorite accommodation of the trip. Using LasVegas.com, I found room options under $25. Luxor was too far and I’d heard things about Excalibur, so I ended up going with Bally’s. Reviews were mixed but the general consensus was clean but outdated. I don’t mind carpet from the ‘60’s as long as there’s a clean bed and hot water. Imagine my surprise when I opened the door to this. A HUGE room - you could literally do cartwheels- that was simple but not outdated, with a nice desk for working. The bathroom was large as well. Plus a mini fridge you could actually use. Score. The $24 doesn’t include the resort fee ($40 I believe) but I still paid under $150 for two nights. Bally’s is located on the middle of the Strip so it was walking distance to everything I could possibly want and there’s a great food court literally across the parking lot. 10/10 would stay there again. And though I don’t like to book 3rd party, I’d use LasVegas.com again too.
Have you ever found yourself on the verge of a HUGE breakthrough, a huge level-up…like you can just see that you’re on the edge and it’s about to explode into something better than you can imagine? Like your dreams at 10 seconds from coming true? But at the same time there’s still those things holding you back, even subconsciously? One foot still tethered to the floor even when the rest of you is ready to fly. And in comes the anxiety, the self-doubt and then the people and things you should’ve cut out of your life months ago start to get REAL loud? That’s me right now. This whole year has been a build up to it, really, and holy crap, I manifested some serious dreams into existence. Things I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid. And 2023 is about to start off with a bang. My friend and I just manifested a trip to a country we’ve been talking about since last year…plus another country. And some incredible experiences that are 🤯. (I cried reading the itinerary because…holy shit, I actually get to do that?!) A few other bucket list trips are on the calendar. Some business things are taking off. Skyrocketing, really. I can feel in my soul that there’s about to be a big change, that things are around to go from 0 to 100 real fast. But before that, other things have to go to clear space. Which means life is throwing all sorts of fun stuff in my face, waving flags that say “hellloooo, I told you to release this months ago”. Relationships, businesses, physical clutter. The old has to go so there’s room for the new. Which is…not necessarily a fun project. But, on the other side is things better than I can imagine right now. I can’t wait to get there. #manifestationbabe #digitalnomadlife
Happy October! 🍁 This is the first time in many years I’m on the East coast for fall and I’m super excited for the cool weather and changing of colors. I even have a little road trip planned to a new state famous for their fall foliage. I was a bit MIA in September and that’s because I was out living my best life. September was, hands down, the best month of my life. There were so many moments I cried tears of gratitude, moments when I thought “I can’t believe this is real”. September was full of travel, friends, laughter, and just so much goodness. There were some days that I was just 🤯 that this is the life I’ve built. Many dreams manifested into reality. Parts of it still feel surreal. I’ll be sharing more later, on here and the blog, but just a few incredible things: My bestie’s bachelorette party in Tulum followed by a girls trip to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen FINALLY visiting Chichen Itza My stay at @liveaquacancun which was far and above the best AI I’ve ever stayed in. Spending my birthday with my sister and going on a horse tour in Lexington. Seeing my bestie AGAIN (twice in one month when you live thousands of miles apart is huge) Going to Vegas for the first time BAD BUNNY Seeing the wild horses outside Reno. A literal childhood dream come true. And, on the business side, I actually took a week off and I almost made the first $100 (deposited into my account!) from a niche site I’ve been working on. Basically, the whole month was incredible! I’m back in PA now and I’ll be here until the end of the month when I head to Arkansas for a wedding. How was your September? What are you looking forward to in October? #digitalnomad #digitalnomadlifestyle #fatgirlstraveling #fatgirlstraveltoo #womenwhowander #womenwhotravel #femaletravelbloggers
Just booked a bucket list trip to Greece for next May! I’ll be sailing the Greek Islands for 10 days and could not be more excited. But, I plan to spend at least a week or more exploring beforehand. So hit me with your Greece tips! Best hotels, restaurants, any must do’s? I’m super interested in mythology so plan to spend lots of time at those sites!
I am angry. I am heartbroken and distraught and feeling a bit helpless. I imagine a lot of you have been feeling that way and if it’s you, just know you’re not alone. I am giving myself time to process these emotions. I’ve shared the memes and the statistics and the heartbreaking facts about what this ruling means for the people I love. I think of my best friend who had a devastating miscarriage and that the medication the doctor gave her is already being denied by some pharmacists. I think of my other friend, several friends actually, who have been r*ped and assaulted and, as of yesterday, would have been forced to carry their attackers baby in several states. I think of another friend struggling with fertility and the impact of what this ruling will mean for any future hope of IVF. I think of the friends who have had abortions, some of whom were devastated to make the choice, others of whom didn’t hesitate, and how all of them still say it was the only right choice for them in the moment. Some continue to be child free while others are now intentionally moms. I think of the fact that these states with trigger bans are the ones that don’t require parental leave, that have some of the highest poverty and lowest education scores in the country. Of the nationwide formula ban. Of how they spew hate to those needing government assistance and don’t want sex education and don’t provide access to free contraception or even the knowledge of how to not get pregnant. I think of all of this and I alternate between angry and heartbroken and just want to scream. But posting on IG and sharing memes doesn’t make a difference. I know I’m shouting into the void here. I’ve spent the morning considering just how to make a difference when it all feels so hopeless. Here is what I’ve come up with. Feel free to add your own. *Increased donations to my local PP *Donations to abortion funds in states *Researching how to protect abortion in PA *Avoiding travel to states restricting access when possible. This means no @tbexevents in Lafayette in October. *Traveling to the states actually helping women What would you add?
24 Hours in NOLA New Orleans has long been at the top of the list of US cities I want to explore and I finally got my chance a few weeks ago. This trip was a bit different as I was traveling with my bestie and her mom and we had a BLAST in just under 24 hours. 🛏 We stayed at @hotelmazarin right in the French Quarter, half a block from Bourbon St. It was beautiful, the beds were so comfy, and the location couldn’t have been better. 🍽 After we checked in we headed straight to dinner. We waited about 30 minutes to be seated at the bar at @acmeoyster and it was 100% worth every second. The chargrilled oysters were 💯 and I tried crawfish for the first time on a po-boy. For breakfast we headed to @cafedumonde because that’s what you do in NOLA and we checked out a cute little restaurant in the Garden District for lunch. 🥃 After dinner we headed to @hotelmonteleone to check out the Carousel Bar. The carousel was full but I did try my first Sazerac in the lounge. 🚶🏻♀️My favorite part of the trip was the Voodoo tour with @nosecretstours . (Thanks @practicalwanderlust for the rec!) I learned SO much on this walking tour. If you want to learn about Voodoo, skip the touristy shops and take this tour. As part of the tour we visited Congo Square, which we also learned about at the Whitney Plantation as the place slaves gathered on Sundays. Standing in that square, in front of one of the oldest trees that had witnessed it all, was incredibly humbling and emotional. After the tour, we spent a little too long at the Voodoo shop (I bought a Spirit of Writing candle!), wandered down a few streets and Jackson Square, then drove to the Garden District for lunch. We didn’t get a chance to explore much but did drive down St Charles Avenue to see all the beautiful houses. We packed a lot into our short trip and I think it was a pretty good introduction to the city. I’m already planning a trip back this fall! #neworleans #visitneworleans #louisiana #louisianatravel #frenchquarter #nolaeats #ustravel #onlylouisiana #traveltips #fatgirlstraveling
#1 Must Do in New Orleans - A Visit to Whitney Plantation As soon as I began planning my trip to NOLA, there was something I knew had to be on the list - a visit to @whitneyplantation Whitney Plantation is the only plantation in Louisiana that is entirely focused on the lives of the slaves who once lived there. Many of the other plantations in the area gloss over the reality of slavery and instead focus on the pretty houses and the lives of the slave owners. And yes, many of the plantation properties are beautiful but it is so, so important to acknowledge and learn about the dark side of those pretty properties too. Each guest to Whitney Plantation is giving a device with headphones for an audio tour of the grounds. It took us about an hour and a half or two hours to go through all of it, as there are many moments where it’s necessary to just sit and let the information absorb. The visit to Whitney Plantation was haunting and heartbreaking but so beautiful and eye-opening. I didn’t take many photos because it didn’t feel appropriate so I’ll leave you with just this one. If you’re heading to NOLA or the surrounding area, make a visit to Whitney Plantation a priority. It’s a must-visit. #neworleans #visitneworleans #NOLA #louisiana #louisianatravel #onlylouisiana #fatgirlstraveling #solofemaletravel #travelcontentcreator #wanderingwomen
Let’s talk hotels! When booking hotels, what do you look for? Price? Location? Specific amenities? Quaint details? For me, I love hotels with unique details and a historical factor. They’re one aspect of travel I don’t mind splurging one! But on flight days, my greatest concern is ease on getting too/from the airport. That’s why I love @adventureinnhotel near the SJO airport in Costa Rica so much. They offer: 🚕 Free airport shuttle (even for early morning flights!) ☕️Free breakfast (if your flight is early they pack a to-go box) 💻 Reliable wifi 🛏Super comfy beds I stay here every single time I fly in and out of San Jose, Costa Rica and have yet to have a bad experience! If you’ll be flying through SJO, use code SKYVSWORLD to book with Adventure Inn & save 10% on your stay! #costarica #costaricapuravida #hotelsandresorts #hotelsoftheworld #traveltips #traveldiscounts #sanjosecostarica #puravida #costaricatravel #costaricagram #costaricatraveler
Is it possible to make money as a digital nomad? Yes! And you don’t need to be an influencer with millions of followers either. Contrary to what your social media feed may lead you to believe, being a digital nomad doesn’t mean you need a travel blog or an Instagram, if that’s not what you want to do. In fact, though I love sharing my travels, it’s not how I make the majority of my money as a digital nomad. Here’s how I currently make $5000+ as a digital nomad: ☀️SEO writing for an agency ☀️Ghostwriting ☀️VA work for another blogger ☀️Affiliate income from @experiencecoco tour revenue In the past I’ve also held other titles like online blog editor and social media manager. For more details on all of these income streams and exactly how much I make each month, check out my blog. #linkinbio #digitalnomad #digitalnomads #digitalnomadgirls #digitalnomadlife #solofemaletraveler #locationindependent #locationindependence #digitalnomadlifestyle #bossbabe
My recent visit to the Finca 6 archeological site in Costa Rica reminded me of another place I visited last year - the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park in Arkansas. Toltec Mounds are an important Native American site in Arkansas and what remains of the Plum Bayou settlement. The mounds vary in height and size, with the largest being Mound A which is 48 feet or approximately 5 stories tall! Uses for the mounds ranged from ceremonial grounds, hut locations, and even burial grounds. There’s a small museum on site with artifacts that archeologists have uncovered and lots of information about how and why the mounds exist. The path to walk through the site is paved and accessible, with lots of places to rest too! Be sure to wear sunscreen and bug spray as it gets hot and there’s little shade in the summer! @arkansas #visitarkansas #visitarkansasstateparks #accessibletravel #accessibletrails #archeologicalsite #arkansastravel #solofemaletraveler #fatgirlstraveling #girlswhowander #stateparks #ustravel
Lots of new faces here so wanted to take a second to say hi 🙋🏻♀️ to everyone. I’m Sky and though I’ve been traveling solo since I was 20, I am likely the most unadventurous adventurer you’ll meet. You’ll find no posts of me on crazy zip lines in Costa Rica or going down rainbow slides in El Salvador or going on crazy hikes or learning to surf. I’m terrified of heights, have no idea how to ride a bike, and don’t like water in my face so I’ll be climbing down the ladder into the cenotes, thank you. But I do love beaches and sunsets and boats and history and food and drinks and learning. Sign me up for a distillery tour or a historical walking tour and I’m a happy girl. I travel on a budget most of the time, I think the best things to do in cities are often free and finding the best cheap eats is a fun game. But I’m happy to splurge on cool accommodation, experiences that give back to the local community, and craft cocktails. I’ve spent the last 5 years in Costa Rica but in May I’m going nomadic for a while. First to @travel_con in Memphis and to New Orleans, then El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and who knows where else! I share lots of itineraries, solo travel tips, digital nomad tips, and more on my blog (#linkinbio) and also have a book coming out in a few months (preorder coming soon!) If you’re new here (or even if you’re not), drop an interesting fact or two in the comments! I’d love to know your next destination! #girlswhowander #solofemaletravel #solofemaletraveler #centralamericatravel #plussizetravel #fatgirlstraveling #digitalnomad #digitalnomadlife
Before I began my journey as a digital nomad, I was always interested in seeing how others were making money from the road - and how much they were making doing it. It was a source of inspiration and motivation, plus proof to myself that YES, it was possible to not only get by but thrive as a digital nomad. Today I decided to share my numbers for that same reason - to provide inspiration and encouragement to others wondering if they can do this or just those curious about some of the many different ways to make money as a digital nomad. This is just my personal journey, there are others who have grown their businesses faster or opted for remote work over freelance work but I hope this offers some inspiration. Happy to answer any questions I can!
The Arenal Volcano is notorious for being covered with clouds. It’s one of those things you can never really plan on getting a full, clear view of because while the sky can be clear everywhere else, there’s still always a chance that the top of the volcano will be covered. 3 years ago while out on a boat trip with Costour, we got lucky. So lucky in fact the captain drove us all the way across the lake to the base of the volcano instead of just halfway as they usually do. #solofemaletravel #centralamericatravel #fatgirlstraveling #costarica #arenalvolcano #arenal #thisiscostarica #costaricagram