My name is Jess! I am the official author behind this blog, The Road Jess Traveled.
Think of me as “your friendly neighborhood travel guide.”
I live a digital nomad lifestyle and travel full-time with my partner, Steven.
While we’re not quite locals and not quite your average short-term vacationers, we do offer the perspective of looking at places through a unique lens of long-term stays, accumulated knowledge, and profound appreciation.
Let’s set the scene for what’s ahead: Envision that you and I are meeting up at our favorite local coffeeshop. You are so excited because you’re looking to expand your bucket list and might even be ready to plan some travel!
I am sitting here with you, someone who has lived it myself, and I’m excited to unpack everything I learned on my journey so you can have the experience of a lifetime.
Fun Fact #1: I grew up in Buffalo, New York - so pizza, chicken wings, snow, and the Buffalo Bills/Sabres have always been constants in my life.
Fun Fact #2: In 2019, I was diagnosed with Toxic Mold Exposure. It took about 3 years of intense mind, body, and soul work, but I was able to heal enough to follow my travel dreams! I gained so much perspective on what's important in life, which is why I do what I do now!
Fun fact #3: My Sun Sign is Taurus (homebody, comfort, stability) and my Moon Sign is Sagittarius (adventurous, traveler, free-spirited.) These two sides of me may contradict at times but truly drive my current lifestyle.
Fun Fact 4: My love for documenting travel started back when I used to scrapbook with my Mom. As an adult, I've created all sorts of travel content including trip reporting, photography, blogging, video creation, and podcasting!