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
Created in September 2015, The Next Somewhere is a digital travel, food, and lifestyle 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.
You are en explorer, your mission is to document and observe the world around you as if you’ve never seen it before. Take notes, collect things you find, document your findings. Notice patterns, focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.
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. Then in June of 2017, Tim and I left Asia, returning to our respective homes on separate casts, and did cross-country long distance for a year. The long distance was made all the worthwhile when Tim got down on one knee and proposed in December of 2017.
Over a year of long distance passed and I finally have relocated out west to San Jose, California to reunite with Tim. Where to next? Next year, we’ll be marching down the destination wedding aisle in Oaxaca, Mexico August 2019!