This blog is about me, Mo, a California girl with a wandering soul. After living in San Francisco for the 4 years I moved to Izmir, Turkey. There, I taught English, volunteered with refugees, and finally achieved my dream of experiencing life outside of the U.S.

I’ve just moved to Nagoya, Japan. I’ve never been to Asia before, and can’t wait to explore this part of the world. Expect many stories of travel, teaching, and cultural exploration.

So stick around kids, it’s just going to get more fun from here!

Happy Travels,




  1. clownonfire · June 20, 2012

    Hi Mo,
    Thank you for finding my blog! I started reading your About section, and was happy to read you were a big fan of Wanderlust with Paul Rudd.
    Le Clown

    • travellingmo · June 20, 2012

      Oh Le Clown! You so crazy in your magnificence.

      • clownonfire · June 20, 2012

        You talk like a regular Carnie already. How exciting is this… for me!
        Le Clown

  2. roamingtheworld · December 25, 2012

    Hello hello,
    Just found your blog through Expat Edna. I’m from the SF Bay Area but currently an expat in Basque Country! If you’re still in SF when I return, maybe we can meet up. It’s always fun to meet fellow travel bloggers!

    • travellingmo · December 28, 2012

      Thanks Roaming! Glad to meet you. I’ll check your blog out as well and do look me up when you return!

  3. Alexandra Hopkins · May 17, 2013

    Hi Mo, I just read a few of your recent posts — about Nevada City and your plans for Eastern Europe and for this summer’s trip up to Ashland. Fun reading!

  4. Alison · September 7, 2013

    Hi Mo, nice to meet you. Just wanted to drop by to say thanks for visiting our blog and for the like on the “about us” page. Hope you enjoy the stories of our travels.

    • travellingmo · September 7, 2013

      Thanks Alison! I found you guys through Nomad Matt’s emails and loved your story. Can’t wait to read about all of your adventures!

  5. Doug Hogg · December 22, 2013


    My wife and I just received the Hopkins Year in Photos–2013 and read about your blog. You have inspired me to take a road trip up to Ashland and see Lassen again on the way. Thank you.
    Please tell Zac that Doug Hogg from his old school (http://hoggshollowschool.com) says “hi”. 🙂

  6. Peta Kaplan · October 21, 2015

    Hi Mo,
    Found your blog while researching the topic of teaching English as second language for a friend. Have forwarded it on to her. Enjoyed reading about you and your adventures. Invite you to read us.. Empty nesters nomadic lifestyle.

  7. idiotwithcamera · April 12, 2018

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m a frequent traveller to Japan and I’m always looking for new insights and local knowledge. Your trip to Sydney was very amusing to read 🙂

  8. wanderessence1025 · January 10, 2020

    I spent four months teaching English at a university in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2017. You will love Japan! 🙂

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