Who IS the red headed traveler?

The short story:

Early 30-something (this I still can’t believe). Natural redhead (I would hope with a blog name such as mine). Philadelphia native.  Spanish speaker. Chai latte lover.  Bibliophile. Chef extraordinaire (wanna be).  And finally-travel addict (I live and breathe it).

Visiting Machu Picchu-a dream realized in 2014

The long story:

By the time I became a teenager I was obsessed with travel and getting my first passport stamp.  Flash forward a few years and when I turned 16 I embarked on my first ever international trip…alone. I traveled to Queretaro, Mexico by way of Mexico City where I spent three weeks living as an exchange student with a Mexican host family. Their incredible kindness is something I’ve never forgotten.

Me with my Mexican host mom Maria Elena

In college I had the chance to study abroad not once but twice (I was a Spanish major in case you couldn’t guess). I spent a semester in Costa Rica during my sophomore year and a semester in Spain during my junior year. I did everything from wading in mangroves to freezing my arse off at the top of a Costa Rican volcano to learning to dance the sevillana, gorging myself on my Spanish host mom’s croquetas (croquettes) and even mastering the Spanish language, including the often indecipherable Andalusian accent. Oh and yeah, there was that time I spent a month studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea where my Spanish came in handy…never. In short, studying abroad three times on three different continents was the most pivotal experience of my life.

The closest I ever got to a bullfight was touring the Plaza de Toros in Seville, Spain.

After becoming an adult (i.e. graduating from college) I returned to central Mexico where I worked as a volunteer for four months at an orphanage. Biggest epiphany of my life? I never would have made it in the Peace Corps (frequent power outages and scorpion visitors will do that).

Since then? Well, I’ve been working for the man (i.e. the 9-5 one) because in short, I was never a backpacker and never will be (i.e. I don’t want to scrimp while traveling).

I celebrated my 30th birthday on a cruise to Norway. I’d say I’m doing okay.

So where do adventures in cooking & food fit into all of this?

Well, after coming to the realization that my blog would quickly lose steam and momentum since I wasn’t able to travel all the time, I knew that I would need to find other topics to blog about and cooking and food seemed like a natural fit since they’re both so inextricably tied to travel.

On a trip to Peru I discovered just how amazing Peruvian food is including lomo saltado.

As a kid I loved to bake (I had a cookbook called the ABCs of Baking). Now that I’m older I still love to bake but cooking has become more of my passion. I enjoy making foods from different countries. What’s the next best thing to eating a croque monsieur in Paris? Making your own.

Homemade macarons anyone?

These days whether at home or on the road, food plays a major part. I love photographing food almost as much as I enjoy eating it and visits to places like the Atwater Market in Montreal and Pasteis de Belem in Portugal only confirm this. And when I dine out at restaurants in my home base of Pittsburgh, well my camera almost always accompanies me, along with blog posts that are later created.

Food tours are my favorite thing to do when visiting a new city.

I also wrote a book (Full Circle) which is no small feat considering I have a job, this blog and a life. Check it out for yourself why don’t you?

Did I mention I love Disney cruises?

So that’s me.

Now that you know me, let’s be friends.

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You can reach me at theredheadedtraveler at gmail dot com (theredheadedtraveler@gmail.com)


  • Reply
    Le & David @ Wise Monkeys Abroad
    November 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Just had to say that we LOVE your philosophy on travel, eating and cooking 🙂
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    • Reply
      November 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for commenting! And thanks for the compliment-it’s one I strongly adhere to and believe in 🙂

  • Reply
    Wendy Hagan
    January 26, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Well you visited my Grandparents house, Kentuck Knob. Thank you for the
    nice words. I did grow up there and it is a beautiful memory. My Dad was
    Paul Hagan. I have original pictures of the house being built by Wright and Bernadine wrote a book when she was in her 90’s.

    Warm regards,

    Wendy Hagan

    • Reply
      January 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks so much for commenting. Happy to hear that you stumbled across my blog. I absolutely loved visiting Kentuck Knob and how utterly neat that it was your home. Those gorgeous views out back could not be beat. It was a one of a kind house for sure.

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    March 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    You inspired me to consider starting my own travel blog. I LOVE… but more importantly; I truly NEED travel. I don’t know if it’s because I inherited my Hun ancestors’ nomad blood or because when I traveled the first time I completely got intrigued by the different cultures and ways of life. I cannot get enough and I don’t feel good if I can’t travel.

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      March 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting Etela and I’m very happy to hear that! I’m exactly like you about not only loving travel but also needing it. It’s such an integral part of my life. There’s nothing else like it and yes, for me it would be a very sad day indeed if I wasn’t able to travel. Good luck on starting your travel blog!

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    July 14, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Thank You for the wonderful information and photos on the Trans-Allegheny Asylum(West Virginia). I am using this information for my humanities class report on architecture. I also hope to visit the Asylum some day. Happy travels.

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      July 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting Leslie and I’m happy you enjoyed the post! It was an utterly fascinating place to visit, made all the more special since I had never heard of it prior to researching places to check out in the Weston area 🙂 I hope you make it there, it’s simply oozing in history and the architecture is also lovely.

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