About Me

peace-wall-optimizedI’m a single gal who is traveling the world solo. I started in January 2016. The first year of this blog was about the mental, physical, and psychological preparations for vagabonding open-ended as well as an attempt to inspire and motivate others to follow their dreams.

Since my departure the blog has focused on my personal journey, my experiences, and again, a desire to inspire you to take the leap, or at least the first tentative steps, toward living YOUR dream life, whatever that looks like.

I’m a lifelong amateur astronomer (telescopes, not horoscopes), a chemist by education, and a full-time freelance book editor by trade. I love that I can take my work on the road and travel the way I have always wanted to.

I have now been around the world and to 21 countries. They include Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, England, Morocco, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico.

As of June 2018 I am slowing down and determining where I want to settle for a while. I don’t care to ever live in the US again, and I’m leaning heavily on establishing residency in Thailand.

Thanks for visiting. Please check back periodically!

~ Jessica, Vagabond Queen


  1. Stephan Gunning
    March 23, 2015 @ 8:54 am

    The road ahead awaits your journey and we will keep reading!


  2. Colleen Pedersen
    January 13, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    Well, where are you now and what are you doing? How are the Bali fashions? Photo, please??? Miss hearing from you.


    • Vagabond Queen
      January 14, 2016 @ 4:31 am

      Thank you, Colleen! Been settling in and enjoying just being here.


  3. Randy Pack
    March 10, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

    Godspeed Jessica! I hope our paths cross at a future eclipse. Great meeting you on Bangka Island.


    • Vagabond Queen
      March 17, 2016 @ 5:35 am

      Thanks, Randy It was a special day, for sure. Check out my latest blog post for my eclipse story! Great meeting you and all the fellow eclipse watchers.


  4. Jennifer Upton Egan
    January 5, 2020 @ 10:16 am

    Hi Jessica, I was just going through papers and saw the Locals Guide from last December with an article about you. Hope you are continuing to enjoy your travels. Wishing you Joy. Jenni Egan


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