Here’s the thing: the best way to learn about travel is by talking to other travelers…and that’s what we do here.

My name is Kelly Lewis–I’m a journalist-turned backpacker, spoken word artist, party animal and travel junkie. I’m also the founder and owner of Go! Girl Guides and Go! Girl Adventures, and the creator of the Women’s Travel Festival.

This is what I look like everyday after 5 p.m.:

I’ve spent the last few years working and traveling my way across the globe, and I made this site to give you the inside scoop on how to do the same.

And I’m not alone!

I want to introduce you to other awesome travelers too, each who have struck out on their own in search of travel, fun and adventure.

Each Friday here at TBJ, we run a section called “Bug Bytes,” in which travelers who have lived in other countries across the globe share their first-hand accounts of what it’s really like to travel and work long-term around the world.

Consider this site your own personal guidebook… or better yet, recognize that this site is woven through a community of travelers who are more than willing to answer any additional questions you may have about a specific destination.

Here, you’ll also find juicy tidbits on how to save money for your trip, as well as information on fun things to do in various cities and countries around the world and the occasional rant on life and travel.

We want you to find inspiration here that motivates you to get up and get out there!

Need more? Well, here’s my story:

After I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism and poetry, I decided it was time to get out on the road and see the world.

First I went to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

I fell in love with traveling, and I wasn’t nearly satisfied.

So, I came home and I sold everything I owned and moved to New Zealand for a year on a working holiday visa.

It was one of the best things I’d ever done: For a year, I traveled, partied, learned to snowboard and drove on the left side of the road. Oh, and I worked for a company that gave offroad Lord of the Rings tours.

After the year was over, I came home, got three jobs, worked 100 hours a week like a crazy person and four months later I left for South America.

I went to Brazil for Carnaval.

I volunteered with sea turtles in Uruguay.

I drove through the glaciers of south Chile and Argentina.

I felt an earthquake in Chile.

I hiked Machu Picchu.

I partied in Bolivia.

And this website, is by and large, produced from these adventures. You can do it too! Explore your ass off in these pages and find inspiration that makes you want to get up and go… Then do it!

From one volunteer, penny-pincher, writer, teacher, late-night drinker, couchsurfer and adventurer to another…

Happy Travels!

For advertising possibilities or to take part in Bug Bytes, please contact Kelly at travelbugjuice@gmail.com.