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Hi, my name is Erica and I suffer from a debilitating case of wanderlust.

My travel dreams began somewhere around high school, making plans to go to university in different parts of North America but ultimately chickening out and staying close to home. In 2015, I booked a solo volunteer trip to India, and that was precisely when my appetite for travel increased.

This is when I decided that I must somehow make travel a way of life.

I’ve since camped in the Thar Desert in India, jumped off an active highway bridge in Venezuela, climbed to the top of the Parthenon in Greece, and repelled down a cenote in Mexico. I’ve gotten heat stroke at the Taj Mahal and altitude sickness in the Andes. I’ve become a certified TEFL teacher and taught English in two continents around the world. Up next: applying for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa and taking the leap towards long-term travel with my partner Tasheel in summer 2018.

So what do I have to offer you?

I’ve turned my passion for long-term travel into an expertise in long-term travel. I’ve had enough time to research all the tips to keep travelling sustainably and I’m here to share those tips with you, along with my own experiences of life on the road: what works, what doesn’t, and how to keep saving so you can keep moving.

And what exactly is responsible travel?

I took a camel safari during my trip to India and realized much too late that there was definitely some animal exploitation that was going on behind the scenes. I’ve written about the importance of ethical voluntourism and making sure that you’re actually not hurting the people you’re volunteering with more than helping them. I’ve come to feel strongly that there should be more of a significance placed on travelling ethically and responsibly, whether that’s social responsibility or environmental responsibility.

Welcome to Treading Wander.