My name is Paige. I’m a 25-year-old super-fan of Rick Steves who loves taking pictures of my dinner plate almost as much as I enjoy eating it.

Recently, I decided to leave my life at home to pursue what makes me happiest: traveling.

In today’s world, it’s easy to compare your own life to other people’s lives. It’s easy to get caught up in questioning whether you’re doing the right thing at the right time. But when you travel and immerse yourself in other cultures, you realize that there is no set way of doing things. It teaches you about life in ways that a textbook can’t. Interacting with people who have a different approach to life than you is powerful. You gain new insights that help you become more understanding and appreciative of the diverse world we live in. It truly is the best education, and it’s why I decided to spend the year backpacking Europe.

Read about my experiences, learn along with me as I navigate this whole backpacking thing for the first time, and gain some travel tips and recommendations to get you inspired for your next adventure!

Here’s to a year full of discovery, stepping out of my comfort zone, and embracing all the world has to teach me.

Currently in: Porto, Portugal

For shorter, more regular postings, follow my Instagram: @wellwornpassport