Hello! I'm Stephanie, a scooterist, blogger, martial artist, and professional picture book illustrator.
In May 2014, fueled by my love for riding and a desire to explore the world, I decided to take my profession on the road. I pared down my belongings, stored the remainder in a 5x5 ft unit, and left my home of 7 years in Providence, RI. I hit the road on my 2009 Vespa GTS 250 with the goal to get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and ride to the four geographic corners of the contiguous 48 states.
I also made one illustration for each day on the road, and posted it to my blog.
I wanted to capture the feel of slow, open-ended travel. Not all the drawings were exciting or interesting – some days I struggled to find something to illustrate while others were difficult to choose just one moment – but that's the point.
15 months, 34,488 miles, 48 states, and some of Mexico and Canada later, I accomplished my goal. But once I got going, it was difficult to stop.
So I'm continuing my Vespa wanderings, and blogging as I go. I've since crossed the country for the third time (check out the update here), and now my sights are set on Alaska. Someday, I would also like to cross the oceans and ride Europe, or South America...the list goes on.
My travel blog will always be available for free, but I'd be utterly delighted and immeasurably grateful if you helped me continue journeying by becoming a Patron. Your support means I can recover from travel fatigue more quickly, and won't have to divert as much time to making ends meet – a constant logistical stress when you've given up your home. You'll get exclusive behind the scenes peeks at my process, videos updates, and other bonus material. Plus, you can bask in that warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you're making it possible for me to live my dream, AND continue to bring you stories from the road!
Who knows, with enough support maybe I can take fewer jobs to keep going, which gives me more time and energy to create content.
Ultimately, I simply love riding, and want to make extended travel accessible to others!