About Izzy

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharlal Nehru

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AT A GLANCE

I’ve climbed active volcanoes in Guatemala, danced with Berbers in the misty Atlas Mountains of Morocco, brewed spicy cups of Masala Chai with feisty grandmothers in India, abseiled down raging waterfalls in Vietnam, freeclimbed craggy limestone monoliths in The Philippines, broke bread with Amazonian shamans in the deepest corners of Peru, stood in the shadow of Michelangelo’s David in Italy, eaten the freshest pistachio ice cream on the banks of Anatolia in Turkey, bathed with elephants in Thailand, ridden on bus rooftops through the winding roads of Nepal, chased the sun on the back of an e-bike in Myanmar

WHO AM I?

I’m Izzy, a Bostonian by way of The Philippines and a textbook Leo. I’ve been a serial traveler for the past 25 years, ever since my parents made the big move (aka immigrated) from The Philippines to The United States when I was two. I’m a visual person with a penchant for collecting first time experiences and paper goods. I believe in the importance of color theory, positivity, and all around kindness. I travel live to eatalso known as “culinary adventuring”and would rather explore a cityscape than lounge on the beach, sip tea than down a coffee, and send a letter than type up an email.

MY STORY

Travel is at the heart of my story. I left The Philippines at the age of two with my parents for a shot at the American Dream. Both my mother and father are explorers in their own right, pursuing overseas work in their earlier years for a chance to broaden horizons. Having two parents who loved to travel but never compromised working hard opened me up to seek out new experiences despite hardship. To this day, traveling with my family is still my favorite thing in the world.

Life as an immigrant in the USA was not always easy. We moved around a lot before settling in Massachusetts. During high school, the travels were minimal until my parents’ divorce forced a need to reevaluate my life, which led me to take a gap year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Thailand. That one year was the turning point of my life. After coming home, I attended UMass Boston where I studied Cultural Anthropology and furthered my love of learning about other cultures. During college I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and participated in service learning trips to the Peruvian jungle and the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA.

After graduation, I decided to teach English as Foreign Language in Korea. During that year, I met the love of my life Tim. After my first year of teaching, we embarked on a seven month backpacking trip around Asia. After our backpacking trip, we wound up in Vietnam where I was lucky enough to transition into the world of editorial and became the managing editor for Vietnam Tourism’s official website. As of June 2017, Tim and I have left Asia to recharge our batteries (and focus on our professional development) but don’t count out the traveling! Tim and I are doing cross-country long distance this year, forcing us to explore the USA more and we’re already planning some future trips on this side of the world. Stay tuned!

THE MANIFESTO

The Next Somewhere is a digital journal, where I house my design and written work. As a longtime sufferer of anxiety, this project was born out of a need for a creative outlet. For a year and a half, I’ve been committed to cataloging my adventures. My sole hope is to inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. This blog is mostly written with a female audience in mind but as long as you’re looking for help, you are in the right place.
Please feel free to contact me for advice!

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