Welcome to A Passion and A Passport!
My name is Jessica and I'm a 30-something living in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband Noah and new puppy Kona.
I created this site to show you, a badass professional with a full time 9-5, that adventurous, cultural, and downright delicious travel is still possible with your already hectic lifestyle. I mean, not everyone wants to pack up their life and head out on a never-ending journey (sounds way too exhausting if you ask me).
Dreaming of faraway lands and epic travel adventures? Book that flight, indulge in that exotic dessert, and experience that culture. I'll show you how to make your travel dreams a reality.
As I always say, don't quit your daydream!
Born and raised in the suburbs of Long Island. Was obsessed with my furby + tamagotchi, pasta with parm, and collecting sea shells. Took many trips to Cape Cod, Florida, and my sweet grandparents houses for weekend sleepovers (where we ate ice cream for breakfast and went off adventuring on the hilly roads). Got my longing for exploration from my dad. Took 10-mile bike rides, went to tennis camp, and swam in the L.I. sound/slept in cabins/learned how to rough it at sleepaway. Begged our parents to go on cruises, resulting in many family memories on the Caribbean Islands (like that one time we all fell off the banana boat).
Graduated early and got my undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2008. Went on my first international trip sans parents → a 2 week whirlwind trip around Europe. Moved back home to study for my masters degree in Speech Pathology in 2011. Got engaged to my high school sweetheart (barf, right?) a bit after. Moved to NYC with my new fiance. Hated the long subway commutes to work but loved the kids. Got married in June 2012 on the prettiest June day. Froze to death in the tundra that is NYC from November → April, where I curled up on the couch blogging my little heart away.
Called the concrete jungle quits and moved to California (San Francisco to be exact) in 2014 for a bit of foggy sunshine. Started treating my little baby blog as a business, and worked with brands for the first time (!!!). Found my love for solo travel in 2015 (in Seattle) and became very interested in providing the tools for others to do the same. Worked in an elementary school for a bit while exploring our new backyard, playing with our cute niece + nephew, met some cool people, and adjusted to California life in general. Psst - burritos are so much better over here. Celebrated my 30th birthday by conquering my biggest fear - jumping out of a plane in Hawaii!
I live in the Bay Area with my husband Noah and our fluffy new puppy Kona, along with many plant babies (half real/half fake, what can I say?). We spend our time indulging in new restaurants in SF, taking day trips to Sausalito and Santa Cruz, paying down our ridiculous Bay Area mortgage, and planning our future trips to anywhere and everywhere in the world. Although business is booming (yes, this blog makes real money!), I still keep my current day job as an SLP (I love me some benefits and the kids are just too funny). Noah works in tech, because let's face it, this is Silicon Valley after-all.
What i'm known for:
My ridiculously detailed 372 page itineraries
Never letting a vacation day go to waste
My insane obsession with boba and avocado toast
Busting out in spontaneous solo dance parties
We moved to SF just over 5 years ago, and have been loving California life ever since. The city is eclectic and exhilarating, diverse and delicious. And it's absolutely stunning (the fog just adds to the fabulousness).
Looking for posts on San Francisco? You've come to the right place! Learn about my top things to do, favorite places to eat, popular San Francisco day trips, and where to find the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Let's get this outta the way:
I'm fortunate to work in the education world and therefore follow the school schedule. And yes, that means I get a 2-week winter break, 1-week spring break, and a 10-week summer break (yes, TEN whole weeks). → And no, I don't say this to brag; since I can travel more than the average folk, I can create more travel itineraries for all of you (so you can be sure your next trip is overly-epic and exactly what you need).
Current Bucket List
(it's always changing)
- African Safari in Tanzania
- Back to Bora Bora
- Road trip through New Zealand
- Snorkel in Great Barrier Reef
- Travel around Colombia
- Island Hop in the Philippines
- Road trip through South Africa
- Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia
- Churchill to see the polar bears
- Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
- Jordan and back to Israel
- More of Morocco
CLOSE TO HOME:
- Carlsbad Flower Fields
- Sunny San Diego
- Palm Springs + Joshua Tree
- Disneyland with my nephew
- Whale watching in La Paz
- Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
- North Cascades National Park
- Denver to see the fall foliage
- Sister trip to Savannah
- Eat all the noms in Nashville
- Stargaze in Death Valley
- Eat at French Laundry
Completed Bucket List Experiences
A bit about my adventures in solo travel:
I took my first solo trip in 2015 (to Seattle), and have been to countless other places completely solo since then! My top spots to travel solo thus far have been: San Miguel de Allende + Oaxaca (Mexico), Iceland, Hong Kong, Croatia, Mostar (Bosnia), Lisbon (Portugal), Singapore, Mexico City, Paris, and London.
If you're thinking about taking the leap into solo travel, I highly encourage it! I leave every trip feeling so empowered, and learn a bit more about myself each and every time I'm on the road. And psst - it's not as scary as you may think!
Quick Travel Timeline
Care to low-key stalk me? Here's a collection of my most memorable and adventurous travels, proving that you can, too, travel wild and free with a full time job my friend.
→ Read my in-depth annual travel recaps over here!
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