Hi, I'm April! 

I love being outdoors and exploring what I can of the world. However, my journey to this passion wasn't a straight path. As a kid, my concept of outdoor activities was merely playing with the neighborhood kids until the street lights signaled it was time to go home. Camping and hiking were entirely foreign to me back then.

I can still recall my mom saying, "Why pay to sleep outside when you have a roof over your head?"

It made perfect sense to me then; after all, why invest in (expensive) gear for outdoor sleepovers when we had a comfy bed indoors? After I joined the military, everything changed.

Not only did I receive constant training on surviving and sleeping outdoors with just a rifle and a pack on my back, but I was also exposed to situations that tested my ability to thrive outside of my comfort zones, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Training from the early hours of the morning to the late hours of the night, or in the scorching sun and pouring rain became my expectation. (I don't think I ever experienced a training exercise without some type of Mother Nature's show of force.) I learned to be completely at ease with using nature's restrooms. Embracing the feeling of not showering for days or even weeks became part of the adventure. Moreover, the military took me to new states and countries almost every year.

I love being outdoors and exploring what I can of the world. However, my journey to this passion wasn't a straight path. As a kid, my concept of outdoor activities was merely playing with the neighborhood kids until the street lights signaled it was time to go home. Camping and hiking were entirely foreign to me back then.

I can still recall my mom saying, "Why pay to sleep outside when you have a roof over your head?"

It made perfect sense to me then; after all, why invest in (expensive) gear for outdoor sleepovers when we had a comfy bed indoors?

After I joined the military, everything changed.

Not only did I receive constant training on surviving and sleeping outdoors with just a rifle and a pack on my back, but I was also exposed to situations that tested my ability to thrive outside of my comfort zones, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Training from the early hours of the morning to the late hours of the night, or in the scorching sun and pouring rain became my expectation. I learned to be completely at ease with using nature's restrooms. Embracing the feeling of not showering for days or even weeks became part of the adventure. Moreover, the military took me to new states and countries almost every year.

At first, I felt intimidated by the idea of stepping out of my comfort zone and experiencing new environments around me. Feelings of shyness and uncertainty held me back. But then, I started to ask myself, "if not now, when?" After proving to myself that I could handle being outside my comfort zone during military training, I realized I should embrace stepping outside of it when pursuing the things I truly desired. So, I took my first steps towards adventure when I was stationed in South Korea.

My first two hurdles to overcome when I started my adventures were lack of knowledge and limited funds. To manage the financial aspect, I began creating budgets from my paychecks and exploring cost-saving options for gear and travel. I delved deep into blogs, YouTube videos, and books, absorbing knowledge about various activities. My Google search bar was filled with questions like "Basic words to order food in Korean", "Best backpack for traveling around Vietnam?", or "How to use trains in Korea?" and "Navigating Japan without speaking Japanese?"

And I had no regrets.

As I read blogs and personal accounts, I encountered safety warnings and societal stigmas against women traveling, especially solo.


However, I refused to let others dictate my freedom of choice. 

I've created memories surfing at Bondi Beach, trying Whale Sashimi in Tokyo, visit the Seoul Tower for ice cream, and surrounded myself with cherry blossom blooms in Kyoto. I climbed Volcanos in the PHilippines with my best friend and took more friends with me to summit and then watch sunrise from Mount Fuji in Japan.

And I would've missed out on all of these if I let the fear of the unknown keep me from trying new things outside of my comfort zone. 

Although I initially felt intimidated by the "firsts" of my adventures, such as solo travel in Asia or using foreign transportation with just Google Translate, I soon realized that facing my fears head-on led to the most rewarding experiences. I found myself traveling solo to different countries, staying in hostels, making friends from all over the world, and embracing new culinary delights and exhilarating heights. Gradually, this mindset extended to the outdoors, where I fell in love with hiking solo, embarking on backpacking adventures alone, and ultimately venturing into mountaineering.

My experiences have taught me that it's okay to feel scared or intimidated, but the best memories and the most rewarding feelings about myself emerge when I confront those challenges and just send it.

  • First, I want to share how I prepare for travel or outdoor ventures because meticulous planning, safety precautions, and thorough research are essential to me. Even though I talk about taking bold steps, I never do it without being prepared – that's just reckless. While I consider myself adventurous, I don't believe in being rash or impetuous.

  • Second, I'm currently in the process of pivoting careers, which has opened up more bandwidth for me to share my hobbies and passions. I've always wanted to create a blog, but time constraints held me back. And of course, if not now, when?

  • Third, I aim to be a valuable resource, using my own experiences to help and inspire others as they venture out and explore. While it's exciting to post cool pictures and videos from my adventures on Instagram, it's even more gratifying to assist someone else in starting their own adventures too.

  • Last, I 'm creating an avenue for me to reflect, document, and remember my adventures in my attempt to pursue a life well-lived. :) 

Why did I make this blog?

I have a multifaceted approach to creating this blog.

While I could tailor this blog to solo travelers, women+, or underrepresented demographics in the outdoor space, I felt that would be limiting. My goal is to reach anyone who has ever dreamt of traveling or exploring the great outdoors but finds themselves hesitating at the edge of that leap. Let me be your guide and boost your confidence to step over that line!

I understood the barriers that held me back when I first started – my own excuses and the fear of the unknown. Who wants to dive into anything blindly, right? That's why I'm here to share my experiences (and pro-tips) to help you feel more comfortable pursuing YOUR ambitions – whether it's a huge outdoor adventure or a small trip to travel somewhere. I've spent countless hours researching and experimenting on my own, and while I don't recommend that approach, I've discovered much more efficient ways to get started.

My hope is that you'll find my lessons learned valuable and that they'll aid you in embracing new experiences outside of your comfort zone. There's a world of possibilities waiting for you out there, and I want you to experience the same joy and excitement that I do every time I venture beyond my comfort zone.

Who's my audience?

Anyone and everyone!

I can't wait to see where you'll go!
- April

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This is a blog that shares April's experiences and recommendations with the goal to educate and encourage more people to enjoy more of the outdoors, travel, and squeeze the juice of out life.