| About |

IMG_7370After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, I saved up and bought a one way ticket to South East Asia, leaving my home country for the first time to teach abroad. I ended up awakening an appetite for travel that was insatiable. The world didn’t get smaller as the expression goes, it grew vastly bigger. Each door I opened and went through had me longing to scale walls and see what was going on next door. Thus began my journey and travels.

To me traveling is more than going places and seeing things. It’s discovering parts of yourself that you didn’t know were missing before you set foot in that other place. It’s learning things that uncover pieces of your soul in another land. The experiences, the people, the foods, the temples, streets, the mishaps, blunders, culture shock, the moments when you’re able to make a small difference in someone’s life, and everything in between are the things that come to define the traveler. It isn’t as simple as coming and going, but it is as easy as getting on a plane. To journey abroad doesn’t mean you have to go fearlessly into a foreign land, you just need to go.

I have written for: The Weekender TravelTravel Belles, Discover Your Indonesia, and Planet Sports Indonesia

I have been featured by: Italia Mia, and The Destinary

Email: andrea@internationalandrea.com

Twitter: @travelerandrea

Instagram: international.andrea


10 Facts About Me

1. I still regard my home state of California as one of the most heavenly places on Earth.

2. If I’m sitting at a bar I either have a strawberry margarita or a strong IPA.

3. If I could be any animal I’d be a dolphin because I’m obsessed with the ocean.

4. I’ve been known to fold pepperoni pizza in half and devour the whole thing.

5. I can’t not sing to any Passion Pit or Florence + the Machine songs, they’re my all time favorites.

6.  If I had to eat only one food for the rest of my life it would be sushi.

7. I don’t like romantic movies and avoid sad movies like the plague.

8. Harrison Ford is my celebrity hero and crush. Tina Fey is the celebrity that I admire most.

9. I don’t watch TV or read tabloids, but Idiot Abroad, the Vice Series Documentaries, and Game of Thrones are my exceptions.

10. If I could live in any foreign country, I’d probably choose Australia.

10 thoughts on “| About |

  1. Hi Miss Andrea, did you know me? I’m your student in EF :).
    I think I’ll read all posts in your blog, that was awesome experience and I hope I can write english well so I can write like you :).
    I hope you can enjoy stay in Indonesia and good luck for everything.

    Anyway I still surprise that you have passion in graphic design :).


    • Hi Rizqi,
      Yes I know you! I am so happy that you like my blog! You are already on your way to becoming a great writer!
      I love Indonesia and am having a great time here. 🙂 I love art and graphic design it is what I studied at my University. 🙂


      • Cool! I have some graphic designer friends. I’m a front-end web developer so sometimes I work with them, especially with web designer.

        Maybe someday we can have a great conversation to talk all about graphic design :).


  2. Thanks for the follow Andrea, I found your site after you followed by freshly pressed article, and this morning had a quick look at your Asia video – it’s really neat and inspired me to think about doing something similar (with photos set to music) at the end of 2013. You can hold me to that! Anyway, enjoy the rest of your travels. I really like the spirit in which you write.


  3. Hi Andrea, thanks for introducing yourself by following our site–it’s wonderful to meet fellow lovers of the Liberal Arts and travel. We wish you the best of luck with your bucket list, please let us know if your Indian travels bring you to Kerala. (Check out the RAXA Collective facebook page to see what we’re up to here!)


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