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About


Who am I?

I’m Heather. I’m a cat-loving American who likes to travel and play video games. The blog’s name comes from the idea that in video games the side quests are often more fun than the main quest. And I intend to fully explore this map before I finish my main quest.
Current location marker: Cambridge, England.

How did I get here?

When I was 11 my amazing teacher, Mrs. Gibbs, told us stories about her travels abroad. Stories like: hunkering down in a shack while riding out a typhoon in South East Asia. I thought her stories were magical. They stuck with me, popping back up into my memory whenever I started feeling unfulfilled.

In 2013 I was working as a part-time library assistant for a wonderful library district. I loved my job, but had my car vandalized and received death threats at least once a week. After returning home from my best friend’s wedding and nearly being run over in a cross walk I decided I was done making excuses for why I hadn’t ever traveled like I’d always wanted.

I sold my car and all my possessions of any worth. I quit my job. I bought a plane ticket to Dublin with a 90 day return flight. I joined Trusted Housesitters and secured a 3 week dog-sit in a town I’d never heard of in Scotland. Then I packed my bag, said my goodbyes to friends and family, and left.

When I landed in Dublin I hadn’t even booked a hostel. I had done almost no planning whatsoever. Looking back, I can’t believe things went as well as they did. I stayed one night in Dublin, took the ferry early the next morning over to Wales, and after a full day of confusing trains managed to get to Glasgow, Scotland after dark on a weekend in the pouring rain without having booked accommodation, again.

After quickly concluding Glasgow wasn’t the place for me I took the train to Oban and immediately realized I was where I needed to be. My time in Scotland taught me the benefits of researching a place before showing up there. I met wonderful people, had a great time, and learned valuable lessons about myself and traveling.

Why am I doing this?

My goal with this blog is to share my adventures with friends and family around the world. I also hope I can help others through information I wish I’d had before I first left.