Landmannalaugar, Icelandic Highlands - Jessica Guatney

Landmannalaugar, Icelandic Highlands - Jessica Guatney

To set off with only a backpack, to explore and better understand the world, and never look back.


My Story

At nineteen years old, I bundled all of my bare necessities into a backpack and boarded my first international flight from my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. What followed after was a solo-backpacking journey lasting 14-weeks through the majority of western Europe, ending with a humorous and meaningful solo-exploration of the Icelandic Highlands for a week with no previous camping experience.

Despite eating cold beans in a can, shivering every night in my inadequate sleeping bag, and facing grueling winds and rain, my journey through the little-known Icelandic Highlands sparked a new-found passion for the outdoors.

I camped out for the first REI garage sale and collected all of the necessities for my first set of outdoors gear that didn't break the college student budget: an Osprey Backpack, Camelbak, sleeping bag, headlamp, my first Patagonia jacket and an Eno hammock.

Since then, you can find me nearly every weekend exploring the outdoors, mainly in Arizona and Utah. I am also spending Summer 2017 backpacking Southeast Asia and New Zealand. In August 2017 I will pack up everything I own into my beat-up old hatchback and move to Seattle to join the corporate world and write about my journey in finding a balance of work, hobbies, and exploring.

How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.
— Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Who I am Today

I recently graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Supply Chain Management in May 2017 with Magna Cum Laude honors. I will be relocating from Phoenix, Arizona to Seattle, Washington to pursue a career while exploring what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

 

Why I Write

I want to share my experiences and my journey to meet more likeminded individuals and inspire others to prioritize their passions. I also want to write reviews on favorite backpacking gear, hostels, and countries to help you in your planning phase of travel.

I am still learning and want to share the experience with you.

And Beyond

As someone who graduated high school with a 2.9 GPA and no passions to the person I am today, I never want to stop giving my all towards what I dream of doing.

"How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top"

― Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman