Posts by: kimberlymerritt2319

I’m Moving to Los Angeles

I’m Moving to Los Angeles

So I left New York. Again. Except this time it will be a bit more permanent. When I went back to the city in June I only intended on sticking around for a few weeks—long enough to earn enough cash to get me to LA. Thanks to a consistent flow of freelance work and some incredibly hospitable friends, I ended up staying…
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Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 2

Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 2

Three nights of sleeping in a hammock strung up alongside about 100 strangers. Six consecutive carb-heavy meals of rice, noodles, and beans. Ninja mosquitos with a freakish immunity to Deet. Showers in smelly brown river water. This isn’t exactly a Carnival Cruise, people. Perhaps this post should be titled something along the…
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Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 1

Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 1

Part of the reason I chose to do an extended trip through South America was because I couldn't choose where to visit first on a short vacation: Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Patagonia, or the Amazon. So naturally, I decided to do them all, plus a bunch of other awesome…
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Getting Dirty at Volcan el Totumo

Getting Dirty at Volcan el Totumo

So there’s this popular day trip from Cartagena to a place called Volcan el Totumo. It’s a so-called mud volcano, and the whole experience goes a little something like this: strip down to your bikini, climb a steep wooden staircase, descend into a thick, muddy pool of strangers, and get…
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A New Year, A New Life

A New Year, A New Life

South America, I've arrived via Colombia! After what felt like a decade of packing and planning, I finally finished most of my pre-trip list and got to bed at 130am Tuesday morning. I was right back up an hour and twenty minutes later to get ready for my flight. Turns out it's impossible to…
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I Just Bought My First One-Way Ticket

I Just Bought My First One-Way Ticket

I've been in Ohio for eight days. Most of the time I've been sitting on the couch in my pajamas watching TV and playing with the dogs, but today I finally made a move towards my "what's next." After months and months of figuring out destinations, routes, and budgets, today I purchased a…
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It’s official: I’m leaving New York

It’s official: I’m leaving New York

It's been a while since I've posted on here. As you know, the past year has had me questioning the next step in my life—with my career, my travels, and Just Visiting. After some serious soul searching, drinking, and location scouting, I finally uncovered the only "before I turn 30"…
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