About Me

Welcome to my website! First and foremost, thank you for stopping by my page and following along as I journey, and far too often stumble, down this crazy road we call life. I use the term journey because for the last few years it’s been just that! I always loved writing but never imagined I would be making a career of it someday. I fell into this lifestyle just a few years ago, however, my passion for traveling has arguably started since…sometime around birth. Which leads us to the beginning…

Born and raised in Long Island, this city girl currently resides on the Upper West Side of NYC. At sixteen years old, after a trip to Europe with my grandmother, I immediately caught the travel bug. I will never forget coming home from Italy, grabbing a paper/envelope, and immediately writing a bucket list. Would you believe, years later, I still have that list?

If you’ve been following along from the very beginning, you know I’m a firm believer in depth over distance. In other words, to me, traveling isn’t just about the number of countries you’ve been to….it’s about your experience and connection to them. My travel journey started back in 2010. After graduating college in New York City, I began traveling the United States as an actress working for an entertainment company.  When I booked my very first contract, I moved all my belongings into my parents house, packed up my old bedroom, and shipped off to Pennsylvania. It was there, in my old bedroom, that I found the bucket list from when I was 16. The very first item on my bucket list was, “Live abroad in a foreign country for a year.” In 2013, I lived in Germany for three years, teaching preschool on an army base for the US Government. During my stay in Europe, I would take a long weekend trip once a month and thus, a travel addiction was born. It wasn’t until I moved abroad that I truly found my passion for traveling and most importantly, travel writing. When I moved back to New York City, I started my blog for family and friends but decided to take it “pro” after I landed my first job writing for the travel and lifestyle section of CBS Local.

The biggest misconception I often hear about traveling? You need a lot of money in order to be a globe-trotter. I’m happy to report…that’s just not true. I like to show a more realistic side to traveling and prove there’s more to travel blogging than just luxury hotels and Gucci bags. My ultimate goal for this blog is to show you just how beautiful this planet is and why it’s worth saving. Over the years, I’ve seen some amazing places. Although I don’t expect all of my readers to swim with sharks, what I hope you’ll take away from my content is a new profound passion for exploration and a healthy dose of tenacity for preserving all that is beautiful in this world. Whether that’s a national park in a foreign country or a locally owned coffee shop in your own backyard.

The common theme of every country I visit is: beauty. Beauty is all around us. With curious eyes, I see beauty with every new landscape or alluring piece of architecture I discover. To me, the true beauty of a city comes alive within the culture. With every new country, I do my best to take a piece of  that culture and implement them into my own life. In Germany, I learned how to slow down. From Buddhist monks in Thailand, I learned how to reflect on life. In the Bahamas, I learned how to confront my biggest fears, by swimming with sharks. I believe as humans, we are continually evolving through life. Throughout my travels, I’ve been pushed to lengths which, at times, never felt achievable. I can now say with great pride, failure has been my greatest teacher in life thus far. I hope one of the most important lessons you learn from this page is to never be afraid of taking risks. To always bet on yourself. Constantly do things that scare you. Always be in the pursuit of adventures that feed your soul. Be kind, be selfish, be real, open up, cry, laugh, laugh at yourself, try new things, try old things, never settle, be bold, be brave, be insecure, and most importantly be yourself.

I believe that self-love comes from the inside out. In addition to loving who you are as a person, I believe you should take the time to treat your body with just as much respect. My self-love, health, and wellness journey came about when I started to immersing myself into other cultures. I would search for anyone who was willing to share beauty and wellness tips in efforts to find what was really working out there. Of course, it didn’t take long to realize the best answers were the ones found in nature and in beauty regimens that had been passed down from generations to generations. After a few hair and skin mishaps in college, I began to loathe the local pharmacy for false promises of shiny hair and clear skin. At a young age, it became evident that the products that lined the majority of the shelves at CVS were filled with nothing but empty promises backed by a good marketing scheme. It didn’t take long before I started making my own skin and hair care products. Now, I am happy to report that my hair is longer, thicker, and healthier than ever, while my skin is glowing. In practicing healthy choices, not only did I start to notice a difference on the outside, I immediately started to notice the wonders they were doing for my self-confidence on the inside. I was empowering myself through the simplest of ways, self-love. My hope is that you’ll be inspired by my passion and always choose to invest in yourself. We may not have met in person yet, but I hope that you’ll entrust in me when I say, “You’re WORTH IT.”

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following along and never hesitate to reach out and ask me anything! To quote one of my favorite poets, “I took the road less traveled and it has made all the difference,” Robert Frost.

Happy Traveling,
Riss

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