Who Am I?
Welcome to The Offbeat Adventuress! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!
My name is Alyssa. I’m an expat, a solo traveller and all around sassy lady with a very low tolerance for comfort zones. I believe in in doing what I love, doing it with gusto and sharing my passion with others. This blog was born in 2014 to chronicle my big leap into expat life with a move from Boston, MA, USA to Zürich, Switzerland. It started out as a way for me to chronicle my adventure abroad and share travel tips with family and friends. Now my writing has been published everywhere from Matador Network to Rebelle Society!
What’s next? I’m gearing up for an even bigger leap into the unknown… transitioning to a semi-nomadic life as I solo travel the world on my own personal mind expanding, “adult gap year”. I hope you’ll come along with me as I try new things, make a ton of mistakes and share everything I learn along the way!
What Can The Offbeat Adventuress Offer You That Mainstream Travel and Expat Blogs Can’t?
I was born this way, baby. I’ve always danced to the beat of my own drum, and I explore the world on my own terms too!
Look, the title of my blog says it all, I’m a little bit different. If you have an itch to travel independently, get off the beaten path and move beyond generic tourist experiences, I’ve got your back! I am not all about bucket list travel, ticking off landmarks and snapping selfies in all the “right” places. I want to help you discover unexpected experiences that chances are you won’t find in the guidebooks. (No offence to Guidebooks, they’re a great resource!) I’m especially interested in discovering the artsy/cultural and quirky/ DIY sides of the places I travel. Want to know the best place to catch a burlesque show in Krakow? Find a cozy ruin pub to hang at in Budapest? The coolest off the grid music venues in Copenhagen? Stick with me, kid!
A Fresh Take On Expat Life…
From Bostonian to Bavarian, I’ve embraced the local culture and want to help you do the same!
If you’ve been thinking about making the transition to a life abroad but don’t know where to begin, I’m here to support you. I moved to Switzerland not knowing a soul and learned everything I know about expat life the hard way. Whether it’s making friends, learning the language or dealing with culture shock, I’ve made all the mistakes so you don’t have to.
A Big Old Hammer To Smash Your Self Doubt And Unlock Your Inner Wandering Goddess!
Most of all, I’m here to help you break free from those lingering excuses that hold you back from travelling or living abroad so that you, yes you, can start living your dreams!
Here’s the facts…
Solo Female Travel Isn’t Crazy Or Dangerous!
In fact, it is one of the most rewarding, boundary pushing things you can possibly do. You will have incredible experiences, meet amazing people and grow more than you ever imagined. Curious? I’ve got tons of resources to help you get started.
You Don’t Have To Have A Ton Of Money To Travel
I have financed all of my travels for the past four years on a teacher’s salary. Sure, it means making certain lifestyle choices; I’ve moved to a new continent that I want to explore (cheaper flights!), I don’t own a home or a car or expensive electronics, and I am very, very far away from my family, but these things don’t feel like sacrifices to me at all because I’m living a life that I love. I specialize in mid-budget travel. That means I tend not to stay in hostels, but I’m not into luxury hotels and fancy food either. I’ve got tons of tricks and tips to have an authentic travel experience on a budget.
Travel And Expat Life Is For People At All Ages And Stages!
Four years ago I was living in Boston, unhappy with my life, but convinced that it was “too late” for me to make a big change. (Read more about what inspired me to finally take the plunge.) Well, I’m here to tell you that your story is never truly written and if I can do it, you can too! Taking a gap year when you’re young is great, but travel is not just for 20-something backpackers! I am a woman (ahem!) approaching a certain age… I didn’t move abroad until I was over 30… but I am ROCKING IT! It is never too late to make a change in your life and start following your dreams. I’ve done it, and I’m here to share everything I’ve learned with you.
This blog is about big love and living your life with courage even if you aren’t quite sure where that courage is taking you. It is that tiny whisper in your ear telling you to go for it… whether for you, “it”, is trying a new yoga pose or selling all of your stuff and moving somewhere you’ve only ever seen on a map. One of the most common things I hear from people about my life abroad is, “I would love to do that, but I could never!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you can do it. Your dreams are not crazy! Real people live their dreams. Let’s be those people together.
Where Will You Wander Today?