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Hi, I’m Anne. Welcome to my blog!


I recently left my job in Washington, DC to go on a trip around the world with my boyfriend, Tyler. I’m on a one-year sabbatical where I hope to knock a few things off my bucket list, live deliberately, and explore what it means to have time wealth.

A few things I hope to accomplish this year:

Here’s My Story

I hail from a small town outside of Pensacola, Florida. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been curious about the world, using meager savings from crappy food service jobs as a young adult and every opportunity I could to travel. I planned my education around study abroad opportunities.

After finishing graduate school, I moved to Washington, DC for what I thought would be two months – I ended up staying for five years. I had a promising career. I worked insane hours. I solved problems. I saw foreign policy play out in front of my eyes.

As luck would have it, work was constantly taking me to far off places like:


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The lifestyle was fascinating, addicting, and unsustainable.

I was contemplating next steps in my career and couldn’t decide what to do because my heart was telling me to leave DC. I had dreamt of doing a trip around the world since I was a little girl, but I continued to kick the dream down the road – my ego and sense of responsibility always got the better of me.

It wasn’t until 2015 that I decided to listen to my intuition and take a leap of faith.

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In the summer of 2015, I called it quits, sold everything I could, and a few weeks later, I was on a plane to Croatia to being a journey around the world with this guy:



I started this blog to tell stories from our trip and to write about what I’ve learned. This year is about self-reflection, finding courage, and living a life worth writing about (or at least trying).

I will also be writing about what it’s like to travel as a couple and lessons you can apply to your life. I hope to inspire others who may be thinking about taking the same leap of faith. Over time, my goal is to develop this site to write about past travels.



Contact me

I’d love to hear from you!

Email: anne {at} thetraveldarling {dot} com.

Twitter: travel_darling

Instagram: thetraveldarling

All of my best,




  • Martha R

    You really are awe inspiring, Anne. The blog is beautiful, and I am so glad you are sharing with us this glimpse inside your travels. Thoughts and prayers go with you and Tyler as you embark on this adventure.

    • That means a lot, Martha. Thanks for taking the time to read. So happy we got to catch up this summer. Lots of love. p.s. bring back your blog!!