Hello! My name is Joya and this is my blog, Traveling Between.

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I started traveling when I was very young with my family – within the U.S. to places like Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona, New York, and Washington D.C. and to places farther away like the South Pacific and the Middle East but not until I graduated from college did travel really become a passion.

In the fall of 2007, I moved with my two friends to London on a student work visa through BUNAC. I worked at a literary agency there for six months and when our visas expired, we bought Eurail passes and traveled around Europe for two more months. I wish I could have stayed in London longer but all in all, it was the best time I’ve ever had and a period I will never forget. I also wrote things down in journals so I wouldn’t forget the details and in 2009, a year after I returned to the States, I started this blog to share my journal entries. Since I started the blog, I’ve also written for other blogs like Nomadic Chick, Suzy GueseGot Saga, and Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding. I currently write for Spotted by Locals about my favorite places in San Francisco.

With my friends in London
With my friends in London

I have 10 years of experience in the book publishing industry and I am grateful that my work allowed me  lots of travel opportunities. Who knows what I would be doing now if I didn’t get that job at the literary agency in London? I also busted my butt and got my Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University and even got my thesis published! When I’m not working or traveling, I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, writing, practicing yoga, eating food and cooking food, and trying new things like taking a class or going to a concert.

I admire other bloggers who get to travel all the time and write and that’s their living but that’s not what I do and that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about how I fit travel into my life even when I work full time and do all the other little things that keep my life running and fulfilled.

When I started working in 2008, I made a promise to myself to travel to one new place a year using the vacation time that I’m given at work. I’ve traveled as far as Australia and as close as the Napa Valley and San Diego. I believe that travel doesn’t always have to mean flying across the world but can also be an adventure in my own hometown, whether I choose to try a new restaurant or bake shop (I have to-do lists for both), explore a new neighborhood, or take a day trip to a nearby town. No matter the location, I share all my tips and recommendations for things to do, see, and eat on this blog. And when I’m not traveling, I love to read other travel blogs and travel literature to stay inspired and keep the wanderlust alive so you can also read my book reviews and travel journal.

Girls' weekend in the Napa valley
Girls’ weekend in the Napa valley

So the point of all this is that I hope this space inspires you to travel and feeds your wanderlust, even if you have a 9 to 5 job too. Travel is still possible in between commitments to work, family, and friends.

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Thanks for reading!