Hi! My name is Michele, and Welcome! I am so glad you are here. A little about me: I grew up in a small town in South Carolina, and lived there until I went to university. Travel for me was our family’s annual beach trip, which are still some of my favorite memories. However, going to new places wasn’t really on my radar, and travel was not a priority for me.

My whole world changed during my last semester of college when I took my first plane ride ever to study abroad in Costa Rica. It was my first time out of the country, and it turned my life in a completely different direction. I soaked in everything like a sponge, bonding with my host family and their extended family, getting to know our neighbors, the taxi and bus drivers, locals around town and at hostels when we traveled – anyone and anything I could learn from, I was open to it.

Ever since that trip my eyes have been opening to the beauty that travel brings into the every day. I was astounded to see simple things, like a trip to the market, a new style of dance, even a meal, and returned home with fresh eyes for my home city. I realized I could travel locally, and I started being a tourist in my own town like I had when I was abroad.

Through Adventures Abound I aim to bring this idea to life- that adventures can be found in the everyday. I love to travel and try the local foods, see new ways of living, and challenge my perspective. I have found that these things can also be done in whatever town I live in! Trying new things at a restaurant, going on free or paid city tours, even seeing museums on days when the fee is waived, all bring a fresh perspective to the same old.

What I hope to do here is share a little of my perspective with you on my journey and inspire you to find more adventures no matter your budget or means to get out and travel. In my eyes, no matter where you are, the adventures around you are abounding, you only need to go out and find them.