My name is Rachel and I am a 20-something explorer. From an early age, I took an interest in the marine world and developed a love of mermaids. I took my love of the ocean and ran with it, pursuing a degree in Marine Science. I learned that my passion for the marine environment didn’t just end with the creatures that dwell inside of it, but also with the people who interact with the sea. Thus, I pursued a Master’s degree in Environmental Education. How does this relate to travel?
My love for exploring the unknown (to me) and my passion for education brought me all over the Southeastern USA starting in 2008 when I moved from IL to South Carolina to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. From there, I traveled to Key Largo, North Carolina, and Central Florida, working mainly with sea turtles and teenagers. I took my first international trip to Costa Rica in college in 2009, where I did a study abroad trip. I was hooked. I returned to Costa Rica in the summers of 2013, 2014, and 2015 working with teenagers and locals on sea turtle conservation. I spent the last year and a half living in The Bahamas where I worked with educational programs, taught research classes, and initiated the first steps in developing a local outreach program about sea turtle research and conservation for Bahamians. I’m currently spending a few months in the USA to figure out my next move, but I’m almost certain that my next adventure will be outside the US!
I hope that you’ll join me on my travels as I navigate this beautiful world we live in – from both the land and the sea.