There are three things you should know about me right off the bat:
1) I love to travel
2) I do not have a trust fund nor am rich
3) I am in my twenties
It’s important to know this about me because when I started The Pin the Map Project, I had nothing more than an unwavering determination to go from a 9-5 job in advertising to a full-time career of travel writing. After living in New York City for 4 years, I felt I had spent one too many days chained to a desk dreaming about all the things I could be doing with my time instead. I tried on careers like hats as I moved from public relations to advertising to marketing; always starting each gig with the highest of hopes that I had finally landed my perfect job. Eventually, I grew frustrated as each “dream job” seemed to fizzle and fade into monotony; making me realize that applying for yet another 1-year stint at a company maybe wasn’t the answer.
I decided then that if I couldn’t find my perfect career, I’d create it and so I pressed publish on my first blog post of the The Pin the Map Project (and put my journalism degree to good use!). When I started my website, my world had become inundated with blog posts and articles of how other travel bloggers had become successful in their work. Ultimately inspired by a gift I received–a National Geographic push pin map inscribed with the quote “to travel is to live”–I wanted to create a project for myself to add more pins to my map and prioritize seeing the world and indulging in my love of writing. I devoured tips and tricks to master the art of blogging, building traffic and increasing engagement until I realized that my speed date of jobs in PR, advertising and marketing had left me with 3 extremely valuable tools: how to market myself, how to work with advertisers and how to grow my brand. I began building The Pin the Map Project from scratch–taking notice of what worked for other bloggers and using what I had been paid to do to grow the following of my own budding travel site.
Since I started this website a little over four years ago, both my blogging and journalism career have grown! I have been on assignment around the world from Morocco to Jamaica, grown my following and have been published in VICE, Matador Network, Roads & Kingdoms and more. Becoming a full time travel journalist and blogger has opened my world and not only gave me the priceless gift of travel but taught me the countless ways to make travel affordable now even as a twenty-something woman living in New York City. My passion project of travel writing grew into a full blown journalism career and the online destination The Pin the Map Project is today, reaching thousands of readers each month and now expanded to include a stellar team of writers.
So to the dreamers and artists, the writers and renegades, to the ones sitting at their desks dreaming of traveling, to the ones waiting for a flight home and wondering when their next adventure will be; The Pin the Map Project is for you! The pages of this website are filled with stories and advice, tips and tricks to help you save on travel, discover destinations, ignite your wanderlust and even start your very own travel blog–in hopes of inspiring you to see the world one pin at a time!
Some favorite memories: