About Pages to Passport
Pages to Passport is a blog for armchair travelers and nomadic bookworms alike. I create reading lists for every destination on your travel bucket list, travel tips for readers on the road, bookish destination guides, and personal stories of my experience as an introvert gallivanting around the globe.
Tell me more about yourself.
Hi, my name is Allyson. I’m a full time traveler and an avid reader. I left my job in marketing for a hair care brand in LA to pursue a location independent life in July 2018.
How did you start traveling long term?
I became a full time traveler in July 2018 after pinching my pennies, catching a few lucky breaks in timing at my 9-to-5 (performance bonuses are a nice perk of office gigs, y’all) and a lot of careful planning.
Where have you traveled to so far?
I started with a one-way ticket to London. My sister joined me and we spent an epic day at Wimbledon, reenacted The Holiday in the Cotswolds, and explored Scotland. Then, I sailed through Greece (for free) and solo-traveled in Slovenia. I traveled by train and hiked all over Switzerland. Paris called my name. I walked across the entire country of Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and recovered in Portugal.
I spent a few months in my home country, the United States, before flying halfway across the world to live in New Zealand as an au pair. While there, I had the chance to visit Australia (twice!) and Vanuatu.
Winter in the Southern Hemisphere wasn’t for me. I craved a good ol’ fashioned summer vacation with family so I flew back to the states to spend time at the beach. I made a few pit stops on the way in Bali, Indonesia and Seoul, South Korea.
Then, the family that I sailed with in Greece invited me to see their home country of Turkey. I jumped at the chance. From there, I traveled to Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
I’ve also experienced a lot of my own country thanks to a family who loves to road trip as much as I do. I have fond memories of attempting to pack the entire Harry Potter series for a road trip to South Carolina and vivid memories of reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books in the back of the minivan driving through Indiana corn fields.
Where are you traveling to next?
I’m slowly making my way through Eastern Europe and the Balkans now. I’ll also be taking a trip to southern Spain with my sister. Here’s how we’ve learned to travel together as adults (without killing each other).
What kind of a traveler are you?
Take a minute and go read the Pages to Passport Travel Manifesto. The manifesto outlines my travel intentions and should give you a good idea of my style!
Why did you decide to start Pages to Passport?
I love books that transport me the places I’m going, the places I’ve been, and the places still on my travel bucket list. After scouring the web for “what to read before you visit…” lists to no avail, I decided to create the ultimate resource for armchair travelers and traveling bookworms which is how you’re still reading about Pages to Passport today!
I can’t/don’t want to travel as much as you do. Is Pages to Passport still for me?
Yes! They say that “the world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page.” I say, reading a page is a wonderful alternative when traveling isn’t in the cards for you right now.
Where can I get more of Pages to Passport?
Follow @pagestopassport on Instagram for daily glimpses of my current reads and travels. Be sure to subscribe to the Pages to Passport mailing list here to get a new post directly to your inbox. Of course, you can also get in touch by email at pagestopassport(at)gmail(dot)com.
How can I work with Pages to Passport?
Please email me at pagestopassport(at)gmail(dot)com. While I am very selective of who and how I partner with brands and destinations, I will give due consideration to all opportunities. I will also consider contributors and guest posts on a case-by-case basis.