Hi, I’m Lyssie and I like warm hugs 🙂
I love traveling! It all started in 2014 when I applied as a Language and Culture Assistant in Spain to teach English as a second language at a local Spanish school. The Spanish government placed me in the small village of Olvera, in the province of Cádiz in Andalucía (southern Spain, known for its olive trees, sunny and mild climate, and beautiful beaches) for the 2014-2015 school year. Thus began my 9-month European journey that opened my eyes and my heart forever.
I’m an 18-year-old in the body of a 30-ish year old from New Jersey. I love fairy tales, princesses, big dreams, and happy endings. I believe in miracles – if you work hard to make them happen. And I believe that anyone can do anything they set their minds to.
I studied mathematics at Rutgers University and worked in marketing and statistical analysis at a New Jersey car and medical insurance company for 5 years before joining the Auxiliares en España program. I never taught before, but my job was to teach the Spanish students to learn English through communicating with them. What I got in return was so much more than I could have ever dreamed; it was the experience of a lifetime. I hope to share my travel and teaching experiences with others through this blog to encourage YOU to leave your comfort zone and do something amazing.
This vibrant and new blog focuses on the positive aspects of travel as I share my story across four continents (and counting). As an experienced traveler, you can expect me to feature all the best places to see and best things to do as well as a large range of unique experiences. My goal with this blog is to inspire others to step outside their comfort zone and take a leap of faith into the world. I guarantee you will come out a better person. I hope my stories inspire YOU to let go of your fears and see the world.
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