Who the heck is the Home Sweet Nomad?

Hi there, my name is Tara and I’m mom to the most epic retriever, Sophie, amateur photo taker, stoked ambassador for Women Who Explore, and seeker of outdoor shenanigans.

I grew up a Michigander and currently call the Pacific Northwest home. Growing up, each year my family took the typical mid-westerner trips, e.g. going to Cedar Point and Florida. While I was fortunate we were lucky to take any trips at all, I longed to travel abroad, to visit in person the places I had only read about or saw pictures of in magazines.

So what did I do about it, well right after graduation I moved to Florida, settled down into a relationship and got a job that offered very little vacation time, essentially tucking my dreams of wanderlust away. Fast forward to 2014, the year I had to put my beloved dog, Roxy, to rest after 15 years together. And then shortly thereafter, a divorce. I was 35 and realized I didn’t have a clue as to who I was as an individual, having been one half of a couple since I was 19 years old!

The only thing I did know was that I was ready to travel, and I wasn’t about to wait until I had someone to go with me.

Me in Vernazza, Italy

I kicked off my first solo trip abroad end of summer 2014 by going to London, and late that same year I went to Germany and Austria. Trips to Italy, France, Thailand, South America, as well as around the US have since followed. In 2016 I moved to Washington and fell in love with all things outdoors, which has changed the way I travel for the foreseeable future, if not forever.

Why did I start this blog? Because I know it can be scary as hell to think about going on a solo adventure…let alone actually doing it. I was 35 when I took my first solo trip abroad and 40 when I completed my first solo backpacking trip!

I’m sharing my travel and hiking stories with the hope of inspiring you to get out and embark on a trip, a hike, or any adventure that you’ve been thinking about but have been afraid to commit to. I’ll share my crazy fears (which inspired my first blog post) so you know your not alone with your crazy fears. To know it’s ok to have them as long as you don’t let it stop you from doing that thing you want to do!

Sophie at the beach

3 thoughts on “Who the heck is the Home Sweet Nomad?

  1. Love your courage, and your sense of humor! I’m looking forward to reading more of your adventures. That last photo… So. Completely. Sweet.

  2. So excited to continue to follow your adventures here. FUN! Always so impressed with you my friend and give Sophie my love! Xoxo

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