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You probably think I’m crazy. Not for standing on the edge of a building or cliff, but for turning down a corporate job to travel the world, for traveling solo “as a female,” or breaking every rule book in a world of white-picket-fence.


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The Griffith Observatory Los Angeles via @StephBeTravel

Well, there are a few things I would like to clear up about this “craziness.”

Potato Chip Rock, San Diego, California with @TysonTravel @StephBeTravel

Potato Chip Rock, San Diego | Photo collab @StephBeTravel @TysonTravel

Traveling solo and meeting people through Instagram, Twitter, and blogging isn’t what is “crazy.”

High Steel Bridge Washington @Yurachkat @StephBeTravel

High Steel Bridge, Washington| Photo collab @StephBeTravel @Yurachkat

You see, what we define as “normal” and what we define as “crazy” is a direct result of our social norms.IMG_6740

Bernal Heights Park, San Francisco| Photo collab @StephBeTravel @TheSamGraves

This means, that we form our expectations based on what we are used to.

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Flipping upside down in a private combat jet, Las Vegas with @LeeAbbamonte

I created TravelBreak, to tell you stories about places, people, and activities that you may not be used to.

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Shannon Falls, North Vancouver| Photo of @StephBeTravel by @PauloDelValle

To remind you – and myself – that stepping out of our comfort zone, isn’t only okay — but encouraged.Bucket List Check! Rock Climbing in Reno @StephBeTravel TravelBreak

Highest Rock Climbing Wall in the World – Reno, Nevada @StephBeTravel 

Because if people weren’t so darn cruel about what makes them uncomfortable…

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Rowena Crest, Oregon | Photo via @StephBeTravel @VioletsPix

We would be one step closer to world peace…Big Sur Bixy Bridge by @StephBeTravel @BonTraveler -

Big Sur, California| Photo collab @StephBeTravel BonTraveler

Just kidding. I’ll save my Miss America speech for another time. Best Photos of Canada Road Trip - @StephBeTravel - (4 of 11)

Road to Whistler, Canada | Photo collab @StephBeTravel @PauloDelValle

Travel, education, and culture are the first steps towards eradicating hatred, bigotry, and racism. Best Photos of Canada Road Trip - @StephBeTravel - (5 of 11)

Sea to Sky Highway, Canada | Photo collab @StephBeTravel @Yurachkat

I believe, that travel has made me a better person.  I share it with you to encourage you to get out there and make your own experiences. Hoping that you too will become a better person.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone - Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona | Photo collab @StephBeTravel @MissChloeLynn

As each better individual congregates, a better society is morphed, a better generation. But now I just sound like Miss America again.

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah | Photo via @StephBeTravel hosted by @GMcNulty90

In retrospect, like these photos, life is about perspective.

I was never in an unsafe position, but rather framed the photos at interesting angles to maximize the edge affect.

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Article about Israel coming soon | Photo collab @StephBeTravel @CrazyInTheRain

“Crazy” and “normal” are about your perspective.

Emerald Pools in the Reno/ Tahoe  via @StephBeTravel @ChasePhayce

However, it doesn’t mean that I was ever unafraid.

Challenging our comfort zones doesn’t mean that it is easy, it means that we have the courage to overcome our fears.

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San Francisco, California| Photo collab @StephBeTravel @Yummertime

So I invite you to travel.

Bixy Bridge - California Big Sur Road Trip | @StephBeTravel

Bixy Bridge Big Sur | Photo collab @StephBeTravel @BonTraveler


To stand up for people that are different than you.

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Broadway Bridge, Portland | Photo via @StephBeTravel

To get a little uncomfortable.

Best Photos of Washington, Seattle by @StephBeTravel @iAmSphak

Seattle Pier| Photo collab @StephBeTravel and @IamSphak

And most of all, to remember:

Yes, you can travel, even solo, even as a woman.

Yes, you can start your own business.

Yes, you can be yourself, anywhere in the world.

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Photo via @StephBeTravel

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