Hi, I’m Andrea. I’m a U.S. Navy veteran, graduate student and native New Yorker who has visited over 35 countries and lived in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, France, Switzerland, India, and Bahrain. I’ve been traveling my whole life—I had my first passport at 2 months when my parents decided to take me on vacation to Canada. I chose a life of adventure, and learned after my first deployment to Japan that life can be lived most richly by the motto “do something new every weekend.” It could be sky diving, or watching something new on Netflix, as long as you dare to break your routine.
I’m a Rescue Diver, former downhill ski-racer, and outdoor-lover with a weakness for preppy fashion. I’m also a United Airlines 1K flier who travels carry-on only with Osprey bags.
As an older millennial (who remembers when we were called Gen-Y), my travel style is somewhere in between the ultra-budget of younger backpackers and the luxury of dual-income couples and older solo travelers. I always have a limited time frame, whether it’s on paid time off from work, school breaks, or my four-month round-the-world trip. I travel with all my gadgets, and know how to pack fashionably and functionally for six months in a carry on. All of this together is part of my travel style: Flashpacking.
I’m here to share what I’ve learned with other travelers, and perhaps inspire you to try something that scares you!