Working on my bike
Last day of a 20,000 mile motorcycle ride across the Americas.

Paying off my whopping $30,000 in student loans in just one year wasn’t easy…

But after a five year career as a full-time teacher working extra jobs, buying a house and getting my master’s degree and teaching certificate, I was feeling the need for a change.

I’m a traveler, writer, Spanish teacher, gardener, vegetarian, finance enthusiast, climber and motorcyclist, in no particular order. And although I’ve traveled to over 35 countries, I’m slowly working towards financial independence while adventuring frugally and living the good life.  

I was born in Brazil, and moved to Seattle as a child in 1987. My mother is from Argentina, so I naturally made trips to Latin America, which were amongst my first travel experiences as a teen. I was raised on stories told by my American father of his adventures and travels, including accounts of an overland trip from Washington State to Brazil, full of harrowing accounts of hitchhiking, poisonous snakes, armed robbers and old Nazis hiding from their sins. For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of wild adventures to call my own.

An explorer at heart, I suffer tremendous travel bug blues after every new adventure. I’ve created this blog in an attempt to safeguard my experiences and lessons learned from forgetfulness and to share my experiences and journey with anyone who cares to read.

Thanks for your support,

Elisa                                                    P1030074


                                                        The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

39 thoughts on “About”

    1. Thanks Sonia! It’s been a great time! Email if you have some suggestions for your travels in this part of the world. Heading to Tasmania in two weeks, and then NZ!

  1. I’ve only just now discovered your blog on TwoWheelFemales.com, and I look forward to reading all of it. You are living the life that most only dream of. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

  2. I will continue to call you ‘Bug until we’re formally introduced. :D

    This poem, ‘specially the last line, compelled my son (RIP) to do the same. I am trying to follow in his footsteps.

    1. George, I do like that nickname! My dad introduced this poem to me as a kid, along with many others. It certainly holds the same significance for me as it did your son.

  3. Dear Elisa

    Awesome travelblog – you know what you are doing!

    However your blog needs entries on Denmark : )

    Happy travels
    Frank of Denmark

  4. So THIS is where you’ve been! Good to see and know girl, very slick. Now Carrie and I will find out the answer to that question we ALWAYS ask about you ‘How the hell does she afford to DO that???’ :-)

    1. Well it sounds like you’re well on your way to that! Good luck on your upcoming adventures, and for finishing all those years of schooling!!

  5. I’m new here, I just read the poem and loved it!! I will read your blog in a bit of a heart because I really need as much information as possible if I want to leave for South America at some point! And I want it so much!! Could you please answer me in some questions I may come across reading your blog? Thanks a lot !!

  6. I am so excited to learn about your travels and wanderings. I also love adventure and motorcycling but having a ten year old does keep me in the same spot.. Hope to live vicariously through your adventures.

  7. found your little sticker, hope the stun gun did nt bring bad karma with it. Sorry I took so long. Hope you are well and that mc your riding is running good. The stun gun oil guy. Good riding.

  8. Looks like you’re still out and about. They’re right, you don’t really need a side car just a little more horsepower. HD’s new 750cc would be great for you. Keep it going. Carter

  9. Got a triumph America, more horse power …getting quite a few rides in AZ but when my son is older, I want to follow in your tracks meanwhile many air travels and many mini moto trips…

    Hope to keep following your adventures,


    1. I bet you have tons of amazing places to go visit in and around AZ, with much better weather to do it, year round! I ride my bike all year, but road tripping in wet, cold winter conditions isn’t quite as fun :)

  10. Good choice glad you’re still out there. Maybe we’ll run into each other again. will be off again in July.

  11. I really enjoy reflections of your purposeful meanderings; quick story coffee culture Seattle – Nisqually earthquake caused SBs to cohabit with their equipment in temporary office space same floor as I. Gratis quad lattes three or four times a day is nirvana…until bed time. They departed as quick as they arrived. As you suggest, got my own machine. Again, your tales refresh the moment, I’ll keep following and thanks.

  12. Southern route thru Az then east to Fl, north to New England west to Sturgis(75th anniversary) then maybe home. Stay strong, be safe.

      1. Figure at least three weeks. Will know the miles when I’m done, to many detours that can be taken.Good you upgraded,be safe.

  13. Enjoyed your interview on Adventure rider radio and been reading through the website. Good luck for the future and safe travels.

    Lance and Pam in the Uk

  14. Just read about your trip “The Americas on a CG125” , in the July2015 edition of the British “Bike” magazine; what can one say ! You are a inspiration, don’t stop. Will start following your adventures, safe travels it’s one of life’s best educations.
    Aiden (Seattle ex. Ireland)

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