Hola! I’m Jeanine Romo AKA Le Wild Explorer. I’m a hiking boot and bikini-wearing (not always at the same time) female travel blogger adventuring all over the world. I can miraculously pack everything I need for two months in a 40-liter backpack but tend to overpack for three-day road trips. I love the outdoors and exploring natural landscapes because the world is a beautiful place and I want to experience it. I’ve traveled to 45 different countries so far. And even though I enjoy hiking mountains and swimming near waterfalls doesn’t mean I don’t have the heart of a city girl. I’m a Los Angeles native after all.
I like pushing my limits and living just a bit closer to the edge because it’s more fun on the other side of your comfort zone. This is probably the reason why I enjoy the challenge of hiking to high altitudes. Well, that and because the views are usually insanely spectacular. I’m a U.S. National Parks junkie and would love to visit them all. I had always been a lover of the outdoors and my trip to Peru and hiking the Inca trail lead me into wanting to explore more.
So naturally, I wanted to travel even more because most people regret the things they didn’t do, and travel (or traveling more) can be one of those things. For me, I would have loved to have studied abroad when I was getting my degree. But even though I didn’t get to do that I found that it is never too late to do what you want to do. Sure, timing is something that can get in the way and excuses are easy to make but I have vowed to stop making excuses and start making things happen. Sometimes you just got to go for it, like I did when I decided to take a dip in the 40°F water of Jackson Lake at Grand Teton National Park.
I hope my blog inspires you to do more of what you want to do. I have helpful travel tips and recommendations on my blog. I write from my first-hand experiences and always keep it real. Honesty is key because travel can be stressful but I want to make it fun and easy for anyone reading my posts.
Why do you travel solo? Don’t you get lonely?
I don’t travel solo all the time but I do it about 70% of the time because I’ve had so many rewarding experiences. I enjoy traveling solo because it gives me so much flexibility and time to really focus on myself.
It can be intimating at first and there may be times when you feel so alone (I rarely feel lonely but I have definitely have been alone) but in the end, you’re never really alone when you’re traveling because there are almost always people around. I’ve met amazing people along the way that I still stay in touch with. You never know what’s going to happen until you do it.
How do you afford to travel?
I’ve learned to prioritize and I’ve given up regular manicures, regular eating out, and buying tons of new materials objects. I save my money and when I’m traveling I work doing consulting and freelance marketing.
What are my favorite places/cities you’ve visited?
Some of my favorite places I’ve traveled to are Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, Havasupai in Arizona, Italy (literally every city I’ve been to in Italy has been amazing), Bled in Slovenia, Laguna de Apoyo in Nicaragua, Pai in Thailand, Helsinki and Hanko in Finland, and San Sebastian in Spain.
In case you want to know more about me…
I was born and raised in the beautiful state of California. I may be biased but it’s my favorite state in the United States. I’m of Mexican descent and proud of my heritage. I grew up in a modest home in the suburbs of Los Angeles. I’m the oldest and the only girl in the family. Yup, life was interesting growing up with all boys. It makes sense why I’m “girly” but still, shall we say “rough around the edges.”
I graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles with a bachelors of arts degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. I worked in the fashion industry for many years and also ran my own companies. Travel was always something I wanted to do more of but I didn’t make as much time for it. That changed over the last few years.
I used to think that you had to be rich to travel but I realized that wasn’t the case, I just had to prioritize my life. You don’t have to give up things that are important to you to travel. I’m not here to tell you that it’s simple to prioritize, everyone has a different story, commitments, and responsibilities. Heck, it has taken me many years to semi-figure things out (I’m still learning as we all should continue to learn).
Thanks for learning more about me. I hope you enjoy following my adventures.
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