About Me and My Spots

About Me and My Spots

Hi, I’m Amy. I have a morbid fear of caves and an unhealthy obsession with macaroni and cheese, but we’ll get to that later. For now, let’s start with the basics:

♥ Hometown Spot: Hobe Sound, Florida

♥ Other Spots I’ve Lived: Colorado, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand

♥ Favorite City Spot: Venice, Italy

♥ Favorite Scenic Spot: Queenstown, New Zealand

♥ Favorite Historic Spot: The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

♥ Favorite Spot I Haven’t Been To Yet: Antarctica

♥ You May Spot Me Doing This: Horseback Riding, Snowboarding, or Photography

♥ You Will NEVER Spot Me Doing This: Spelunking, Singing Karaoke, or Eating Durian

♥ Spots I’ve Visited: USA, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Cayman Islands, Panama, Spain, Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Sicily, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Japan

The way I see it, I was born to travel. I’m half Irish rover and half Slovak gypsy, so wandering is definitely in my blood. Why do I call myself a giraffe? Well, at 5’10”, I tend to tower over a crowd, so I often resemble a giraffe – a very tall, very blond giraffe, which means I don’t blend in anywhere. (Except maybe Norway.)

Indian children
With the locals in Mahabalipuram, India

What I Love (And Love to Write About)

Food: My years in the hospitality industry introduced me to all sorts of cuisine, so for me, the highlight of any traveling is sampling the local food. From Mexican to Italian to Indian to Singaporean, I can’t wait to dive in and taste the local dishes and drinks that make each place unique.

Making my own "pulled" coffee in Chennai, India
Making my own “pulled” coffee in Chennai, India

Horses: Growing up, I owned a beautiful Arabian gelding, and I still love to ride any chance I get. Whether it’s sailing over jumps, galloping along the beach, helping out on a friend’s cattle ranch, or just meandering down a wooded trail, my favorite way to see the world is from the back of a horse.

Horseback riding in Florida
Horseback riding in Florida

Animals: Over the years, my love for horses has expanded to all sorts of other animals, particularly the large ones. During my travels I’ve trekked across the desert on camels, ridden bareback on elephants, and cuddled with full-grown tigers. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate animal adventures into your travels (or you’re just an animal fanatic like me), you’ve definitely come to the right blog.

Elephant mahout training camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Elephant mahout training camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Architecture: As much as I love nature, I can flip a switch and become a city girl in an instant. Whether it’s modern skyscrapers in China or ancient ruins in Italy, I love exploring city streets to admire and photograph the architecture. There are few things as humbling as standing beneath (or on) a structure that’s existed for centuries or even millennia!

Hiking on the Great Wall of China
Hiking the Great Wall of China

Why I Write

There are so many incredible destinations in this world, and the reality is that there’s just not enough time to see them all. It makes me happy to share what it’s like to be in a place that some of my readers may not personally get to see.

I can honestly say that every country I’ve visited and every person I’ve met along the way has helped me to see that there’s more than one way of doing things. It’s not necessarily right or wrong or better or worse than the way we do things at home; it’s simply different. And that diversity is what makes our planet so endlessly fascinating.

Whether you’re planning a getaway of your own or you simply want to do a little “armchair traveling,” I’m glad you found me. It’s my hope that reading my experiences will inspire you to step out of your own comfort zone and book that plane ticket you’ve been thinking about.

It doesn’t matter where you go. What matters is that you have amazing new experiences, new friends, and a whole new perspective waiting for you at your destination!

So…what are YOU waiting for?

Receiving a henna tattoo from children in a rural village in Rajasthan, India