About Theresa

Theresa in San Francisco

Hi there! I’m Theresa, and I’m a mid-20s gal living in Los Angeles. My obsession is travel, and I’m passionate about inspiring others to explore.

I used to think that trips and exciting escapades were only possible for the wealthy or the extremely lucky, so I didn’t make it a priority. But my desire to see new places has never dwindled. So after feeding that desire a little I found that it’s possible to go places on a budget, to find joy in the everyday, to follow through on long-term goals, and to travel smart.

Most importantly, I’ve discovered that adventure is accessible to everyone — and I can show you how to create it!

I grew up in a small town in South Carolina, and I wouldn’t learn to appreciate the travel I did with my family growing up until much later. I remember road trips to Chicago, Thanksgivings in Pennsylvania or Maryland (where I had siblings in college), camping at Edisto Island, trips to the mountains in Tennessee, and visits to one of my favorite places, New York City. In tenth grade, I traveled internationally for the first time, participating in an exchange with a school in Wolfen, Germany, and I fell completely in love with traveling and exploring.

With the exception of a return trip to Deutschland and a short New Year’s trip to France, I moved to New York City for college and got stuck there. I wasn’t physically stuck — I still traveled home from time to time and visited my siblings who are scattered on the east coast. But my mind was stuck after graduation. I’d built up New York City in my head as the ultimate and the only place I could be, so I couldn’t understand why I was so unhappy there.

On a whim, I moved to San Francisco, and I have to admit that the City by the Bay now officially has a little piece of my heart forever and ever amen! After spending three glorious years there I now find myself in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve learned a lot in my moves, but probably the most comforting thing I’ve found out is that it’s totally okay to not stay put. As someone who loves traveling, that’s an important lesson to learn! It’s perfectly fine to love and admire places for what they were at the time you were there, but when you feel the need to move on, ain’t nothing wrong with that.

At the beach

If I’m not exploring a new city, I’m probably out exploring my neighborhood. I absolutely adore instant photos, peonies, and blue skies. I have one of the coolest cats you’ll ever meet. I’m a Burner and can’t wait to go home )'( If you give me cheese and champagne, you’ll make me the happiest gal alive. And no matter what, I never want to stop having adventures.

Photo credit: Matt Christensen

24 thoughts on “About Theresa

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog -love it! You just got a new follower 🙂 I also live in SF and sometimes write abut travel – if you have a minute, please take a look – I’d love to hear your thoughts ❤

  2. I stinkin’ love your blog! I’m BRAND new to this, and your blog has been a fantastic start for me!

    When you started (with your un-travely blogs) were you still writing under Tremendous Times, or did you combine an old and new?

    • You’re so sweet, thank you! I’m really happy to hear that it’s helpful to you! 🙂

      Tremendous Times is really the only blog I’ve ever had, so I didn’t merge it with another site. I have written about un-travely things on here (check out the Misc. category for a walk down memory lane). When I wrote those posts, I had just started and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to incorporate other things into my blog as well, so I was trying things out. It helped me find my voice and hone in on topics.

      Since you’re brand new, the best thing is just to write regular posts, even if they’re not very good at first. You’ll quickly find what works and what you like and how to improve!

      Also, whether you’re brand new or a blogger pro, The Blogcademy is a HUGE help. I attended in person, but they also have online classes divided by topic. Email me if you’d like to hear more about that experience!

      Thank you for your sweet comment and for reading! 🙂

  3. Jeez! I sense a lot of energy in this blog!! I love this feeling. I signed up, I’m a travel addicted like you, so it’ll be a pleasure to read all about your experiences. Still have to surf the blog more accurately, but I was wondering if you have ever been in Italy. Just one thing…Leaving NYC?! Seriously?! ah ah Just kidding…!

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  4. What an awesome blog! The travel bug is a good one to get 🙂 I am from New Zealand, currently living in Iceland. I loved reading over your posts from here and everywhere else too!

  5. “And no matter what, I never want to stop having adventures.” – Cheers for more adventures! Love reading your blog 🙂

  6. Love the pink hair and the passion for travel! I delight in traveling to new places too. It just fills my soul with happiness. Great blog and keep writing!

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