Her Open Atlas
Hi, I’m Ryan, and yes, I know that is an uncommon name for a woman. (If I had $1 for every time someone told me they’ve never met a girl/woman named Ryan, I could have probably retired already.) I am a new travel blogger and will hopefully become one of your new favorites!
So you’re probably wondering what makes me & this blog any different than the thousands of other travel bloggers out there. Well, I’m not gonna lie to you, probably not much. I truly believe I’m not much different than anyone who will come across this blog. But maybe that’s what makes me different. Unlike many travel bloggers, I don’t receive sponsored trips, hotels or activities. I’m just an average, everyday woman who loves to travel and photograph the world. I do have hopes to maybe one day make a career out of it, but for now, I’m like most 20 somethings who are trying to find their way in life.
I’ve lived a pretty unconventional life. I won’t go into great detail but I’ll share the outline of the life of Ryan. I grew up in Wayne, New Jersey and lived there until I was in high school. At 14, I left my family and moved to Ithaca, New York to attend boarding school. You’re probably thinking uniforms, strict curriculum, & wealthy kids who summer in the Hamptons. Not even close. It was more like multiple dogs running in and out of the classrooms, cubbies, and a graduating class of 12. It was not what you would picture when you think ‘boarding school’ but it was an incredible experience. After I graduated high school, I stayed in Ithaca for a few more years before I finally went to college in Burlington, Vermont.
I studied Early Childhood/Elementary Education at Champlain College. The few years I spent in school at Champlain were hands down the best years of my life. I know everyone says that about college but seriously, my college experience felt like it was a screenplay from a movie most of the time. My roommates and I would literally sit around and talk about how lucky and grateful we were to be there. It was that good. I met some of the absolute best people (as well as some of the worst) including my partner, Adam. I was even lucky enough to study abroad in my junior year. Don’t worry, there will be more on that later!
Let’s rewind to 6 months ago. Adam and I have just traveled thousands of miles with everything we own in our car. We’ve just arrived in Oregon with nowhere to live! We took a risk and decided to move across the country even though I had no job and had never even been to Oregon. It was extremely scary but invigorating at the same time. We have been slowly getting used to living on the West coast. We absolutely love Portland, but sometimes we are still homesick. The best part about living here is that every weekend is a new adventure. Oregon has so much to offer and I’m so excited to uncover it all.
Thank you all so much for reading and choosing to follow along with me on Her Open Atlas. I know the internet is a little over saturated with travel bloggers right now, so I truly appreciate you clicking on this link to give me a chance. I’d love to get to know you and connect about anything that you related to in this post.
Until next time!