FAQs

What equipment do you use?
I shoot with the Sony Alpha a7s and use predominantly 3 lenses: FE/4 24-70 lens, f/4 10-18 lens, and the FE/4 70-200 lens. I also use a GoPro for shooting on the motorcycle or in the water.

Where do you get all your quotes?
I read A LOT, and never have any less than 3 notebooks on me at one time, filled with quotes and notes.

What are you afraid of?
Wearing high heels down a cobblestone street. Also, pincher bugs— those are the fucking scariest things I know. I found one in my salad once and it was truly horrifying. 

How do you make money while you travel?
When I was younger, I would work for a year or so, then take a year off, but in 2017 I founded a design studio called Hazard House and work from the road full-time, as well as working as a freelance writer— for my own brand Lone Rucksack as well as other companies. (You can read more about that here, in my bio section.) If that isn’t enough, I also work as a freelance photographer. I love digital storytelling, so at any moment of the day if I’m not asleep, I’ll be working on something, whether it’s a story or photo or design project. Ultimately, I have a lot of years logged in my field, working with many different companies, and I work very hard at what I do.

But, I also spend very little. I’m a minimalist, I don’t agree with consumer culture, and only have a small closet-sized storage unit in the US for anything I can’t take while I’m traveling (my bicycle, books, important papers, extra gear, etc.). I stop there every now and again to swap out gear. I don’t buy clothes or jewelry or entertainment— I bike everywhere and don’t replace anything until it breaks and can’t be fixed. When I was younger, I was horrified to see how much of my money was going to insurance and car payments, house payments, cable and heat, entertainment and cocktails and impulse purchases. I found by traveling full-time and minimizing my expenses, I had a much more fulfilling life.

Aren’t you afraid of traveling alone?
No. Fear of being alone, as well as the fear of traveling alone as a woman, are things that are culturally taught— it’s not inherent. There’s no point in being afraid of the world, of things that may happen— so head to the mountains my friend, and spend the night alone. It may seem strange and a little scary at first, but I promise if you do it again and again and again, soon you’ll feel nothing but peace, and the fear will be gone.

How do you plan for these trips?
Depending on the type of trip, planning is definitely a lot of work. To have a successful trip takes some thought about what you’re going to need on the road— especially on a motorcycle trip. Replacement parts, maintenance, camera equipment, route planning, maps, timeframe, budget— all these things need to be taken into consideration when planning. I have multiple spreadsheets for travel, and am constantly making notes and doing research before, during, and after a trip.

Sites like the ones below can be very helpful in determining what type of gear to bring and what kinds of situations may be faced in country.

CIA Factbook
Checking in-country info like water quality, political climate, and border issues. (Keep in mind the travel warnings aren’t always accurate.)
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

iOverlander
Map app that has detailed notes on where to find wild camping spots, wifi access, and more.
http://ioverlander.com/

Maps.me
Offline maps app, great for walking around towns or using for directions on a motorcycle tour. Be sure to download the maps of the areas/countries you need before hopping off wifi!
http://maps.me/en/home

When you’re traveling, is it a problem if you don’t speak the language?
Not at all, communication is a lot more than words. I speak Spanish and English, and between these two, I get around just fine.

Do you carry a weapon with you?
There’s no point in being afraid of the world— fear is a negative emotion, and should have no part in planning.

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 “My road was meant to be hard because anything worth having in this world will take me to the very edge of myself.” ⁣ ― Shannon L. Alder⁣ ⁣ Photographer: Fernando Moreno @luisferchat⁣ Production/Assistant Art Director: Gaby Silva @magasicasnd⁣ Motorcycle Jefe: @lonerucksack⁣ ⁣ Models (and athletes) @Ng_Urbano Crew: ⁣ Jesfran Salcedo Victor Duno @dunopk_⁣ Elias Gomez @eliaspkfr  “If you are going to accept anything, accept who you are.” ⁣ ―J.R. Rim⁣ ⁣ When you’re the least sexy person in this group of gorgeous guys (@NG_Urbano) but it’s okay, because you get to wear the @vansonleathers jacket. ⁣Another shot from this project commenting on the sexualization of women in motorcycle culture. ⁣ Photographer: Fernando Moreno @luisferchat ⁣ Production/Assistant Art Director: Gaby Silva @magasicasnd ⁣ Motorcycle Jefe: @lonerucksack⁣ ⁣ Models (and athletes) @ng_urbano Crew: ⁣ Jesfran Salcedo @jsfranlife ⁣ Victor Duno @dunopk_ Elias Gomez @eliaspkfr
 “She surrounds you Iike a python and squeezes until you have nowhere to go. Such aggressiveness in a girl is quite a treasure.” —Queen of Katwe  “It’s the unknown that draws people.” ⁣ ― E.A. Bucchianeri⁣ ⁣ Riding winding roads in the early dawn to arrive at this spot to watch the sunrise.
 “You don’t know the power of the dark side.” —Darth Vader  “You are not born with beauty, your beauty is created by who you are.” ⁣ ―Emily Coussons⁣ ⁣ Two days ago I was training with @edgardo.mma when he asked me to do headstand pushups for Muay Thai strength training. I do not enjoy being upside down—I repeat— I do NOT enjoy it. It’s unnatural and unpleasant. Even using the wall as a support, Edgardo had to spot me and when I was (finally) upside down I panicked but also tried to do a pushup. I flailed around while Edgardo did most of the work trying to hold my struggling legs to keep me from giving up until I eventually collapsed on the ground. We agreed not to do it again. ⁣ ⁣ Pushing myself every day is how I feel empowered— even when I feel like I can’t (or don’t want to) succeed. But the struggle is what makes it worth it. Trying. Failing. Repeating. Collapsing on the ground in a fit of laughter and panic. ⁣ ⁣ Come train with us. Link in bio.
 “There was a tale he had read once, long ago, as a small boy: the story of a traveler who had slipped down a cliff, with man-eating tigers above him and a lethal fall below him, who managed to stop his fall halfway down the side of the cliff, holding on for dear life. There was a clump of strawberries beside him, and certain death above him and below. What should he do? went the question. ⁣ ⁣ And the reply was, Eat the strawberries.⁣ ⁣ The story had never made sense to him as a boy. It did now.” ⁣ ―Neil Gaiman  “There's no denying it now. I'm in the world. And, too, the world is in me.” ⁣ ―Nicola Yoon⁣ ⁣ @eliaspkfr killing it.⁣ ⁣ Photographer: Fernando Moreno @luisferchat⁣ Production/Assistant Art Director: Gaby Silva @magasicasnd⁣ Motorcycle Jefe: @lonerucksack⁣ ⁣ Models (and athletes) @ng_urbano Crew: ⁣ Jesfran Salcedo @jsfranlife⁣ Victor Duno @dunopk_⁣ Elias Gomez @eliaspkfr
 “Courage comes when you love yourself for who you are.” ⁣ ―Amit Ray⁣ ⁣ Photographer: Fernando Moreno @luisferchat⁣ Production/Assistant Art Director: Gaby Silva @magasicasnd⁣ Motorcycle Jefe: @lonerucksack⁣ ⁣ Models (and athletes) @Ng_Urbano Crew: ⁣ Jesfran Salcedo @jsfranlife⁣ Victor Duno @dunopk_⁣ Elias Gomez @eliaspkfr  “You belong here.”⁣⁣ —Queen of Katwe ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Rolling into the week like, which tool do I need first?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I wanted to create a commentary on the sexualization of women in motorcycle culture, a nod to the woman in the room being the experts— it turned out pretty amazing. Thanks to brilliant photographer @luisferchat for bringing this to life. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Photographer: Fernando Moreno @luisferchat Production/Assistant Art Director: Gaby Silva @magasicasnd Motorcycle Jefe: @lonerucksack⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Models (and athletes) #NgUrbano Crew: ⁣⁣ Jesfran Salcedo @jsfranlife Victor Duno @dunopk_ Elias Gomez @eliaspkfr
 “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”⁣ ⁣ “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.⁣ ⁣ “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”⁣ ⁣ “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”⁣ ⁣ “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”⁣ —The Velveteen Rabbit ⁣ ⁣ Today, two years ago, I was riding my motorcycle in Honduras when a truck crossed the highway and hit me. I can’t believe it’s been two years already, I can’t believe it’s only been two years. Sometimes I miss the person I used to be before the accident— she seems like this more innocent version of me, less heavy, full of light. I think of her in the way I think of people I’ve lost— I think of the beautiful memories we shared, and that life goes on. We grow, we change, we become more complicated with more depth and experience, and there’s no going back, and that’s okay. We don’t get to hold onto everything, and what we do with loss makes life beautiful. ⁣ ⁣ Link in bio to the Podcast with She Explores sharing my story.  “It's the loneliest people who love books the most...it was the opposite of loneliness, too, like there were too many people around me, forced connections, that I needed a little isolation to think on my own, to be my own person.” ⁣ ― Etaf Rum⁣ ⁣ Overlooking this beautiful spot in Guatapé in the morning, moto gear at the ready- one of the stops on the Motos + Muay Thai tour over Labor Day Weekend! Link in bio.
 “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” ―Leo Tolstoy  “Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something... You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” ―Pursuit of Happyness
 “Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” ⁣ ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie⁣ ⁣ Photographer: Fernando Moreno @luisferchat⁣ Production/Assistant Art Director: Gaby Silva @magasicasnd⁣ Motorcycle Jefe: @lonerucksack  “The measure of a woman is what she does with power.” ⁣ ― Plato⁣ ⁣ The sun was bright, the winding road to Guatapé twisting through the hills, tall, green grass hanging so far into the road I could touch it with my fingertips, leaning into the deep turns on the motorcycle. It’s a funny thing, distance. Perspective. When riding and you can’t see anything in front of you at all, you lean into the curve and watch and wait and hold the turn, until you come out the other side. ⁣ ⁣ And now I sit atop this little terrace, looking into the distance, watching the lake curl into the hills like a winding road, and wondering what’s on the other side.