About Me

Hello, and welcome to Your Guide to Wandering!

I’m Sierra! I call myself an avid traveler, hiker, explorer, budget hacker and culture lover!

I’m based in the U.S. and balancing a full-time job with my passion for traveling. I’ve lived around U.S. and northern Europe and have traveled to over 20 countries!

Why I blog:

I understand the frustration of having a passion for travel but having little available vacation time or budget to do so. I’ve been a broke grad school student, and later a working professional with only a few weeks of Paid Time Off, and I’ve learned how to maximize my trips and wallet.

While we would all love to lounge around in Bali for a few months like an Instagram influencer, for many of us that is not our reality. Let me show you that it is possible to travel on a limited vacation day schedule and small budget. We don’t have to be full-time travelers with luxurious budgets to explore new cultures or places.

Life begins at the end of our comfort zone- let me be your guide to wandering!

Where I’ve lived and traveled:


Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montana, California


Toronto, Ottowa, Montreal, Quebec City

Central/South America:

Mexico City, Oaxaca, Mexico; Quito, Pijal, Ecuador


Dublin, Galway, Ireland; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Valencia, Barcelona, Cordoba, Sevilla, Spain; Paris, France; Ghent, Bruges, Belgium; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Copenhagen, Denmark; Athens, Santorini, Hydra, Greece; Budapest, Hungary; Florence, Rome, Italy


Melbourne, Australia