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solbeam Equipped with backpack, blog and her sense of Wonder, a perpetual pilgrim wanders aimfully on....

About solbeam

My parents would say I'm the daughter that they gave birth to in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Portland, Oregon. I'd be the one child that insisted on school in California where, since my departure, they've received phone calls about once a month *if lucky* -- usually only alerting them to my next skydive or adventure abroad. In comparison to my three happily-married and “home-body” siblings, I’m certainly the “black sheep” of the family. My high school friends would probably say I'm the “late-bloomer.” While they experimented with boys, drugs and other freedoms, I was busy pullin' a 3.9 GPA and a strict midnight curfew. In college, I was the "girlfriend." I dated the same *fantastic* guy from week three of college through graduation day. While I never, for one second, regret that choice -- I currently have a *possibly unhealthy* aversion to relationships and tend to avoid commitments to anything more than a lunch date… made at 11:45.

When I graduated, I spent a few months in Europe and returned with some hefty credit card bills that needed immediate attention. I fit everything that I owned into my car and drove down to San Diego where I had heard that it was 75 degrees year 'round. I landed a job at CollegeClub.com, having no idea that it that would forever change my life; “Travel Freak Becomes Web Geek”. I put in 80-hour weeks *under web cam surveillance* and was labeled "loco" by friends & family and "passionate" by co-workers.

In December of 2000, I put in my resignation and purchased a one-way ticket to Adventure. I have, for the most part, been travelling ever since.

Recently, Worldnomads.com has helped keep me on the road with travel insurance sponsorship. This journal is an extract from my main blog that has the full 5 years of adventures - Solbeam.com

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