About Dayna

I am a 30-something professional with a passion for traveling the world. That’s me…over there to the left.

My spark for traveling the world was ignited when I was in the military and stationed overseas. I absolutely loved living in foreign countries and I tried my best to take advantage of every opportunity I had to travel somewhere new. I am no longer in the military, but that fire is still burning strong. It is my own personal mission to see and experience as many different countries and cultures as I possibly can. I have been to 38 countries (and counting…) and I am always planning my next destination!

I love to travel with my wonderful husband, family, and friends. And as a new parent, I’m committed to keeping my passion for travel a reality.  I hope I can inspire you to instill wanderlust in your families too.

My travel destinations have been widely varied, ranging from relaxing beach locales to exciting outdoor adventures. Sometimes I get caught up in the touristy attractions and other times I find myself off the beaten path. On one vacation I am taking a refreshing dip in the Red Sea and on the next I am starting the 4 day hike to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail. If I haven’t been there yet, it is probably somewhere I would like go go!


IMG_0558Feel free to follow me as I attempt to shade in as much of this map with green as I possibly can! Have a good suggestion? Feel free to share it.


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


46 thoughts on “About Dayna

  1. John Forsyth

    Wonderful Dayna! Although I still desire to travel, I’ll be content satisfying my wanderlust vicariously through you and Rob as you globe trot! Thanks for thinking of me. John

  2. Promise fulfilled!

  3. Such an amazing blog, Dayna! One day I too will travel all over the world 🙂

  4. alliblair

    Hi! I nominated you for a Liebster award. Take a look: http://alliblair.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/liebster-blog-award/

  5. What a lovely Blog! Thanks for liking mine too. We are both lucky with our super husbands.

  6. Suggestions for travel deals – buy an around the word air ticket.We did. That’s what we are traveling on now.

  7. I love your blog. It’s a great format and I love some of the widgets you use! Did you make that map yourself? I’ve been looking for an interactive one I can add. Like you, I’m hoping to eventually color in the whole thing 🙂

  8. Hi Sarah, thanks so much! You can make your own travel map at http://www.travbuddy.com/. Happy Travels!

  9. Nice blog and funny name! Thanks for liking my blog!

  10. Hi Esme, thanks so much!

  11. Thanks for checking out my blog! I am so jealous of all of your travels, excited to follow your blog 🙂

    • Hi Lindsay! Thanks for following my blog! How was your half-marathon? I will be running my first half-marathon in DC on March 16th. Eeeekkkk!!!

  12. It was wonderful! I absolutley loved it. Congrats in advance on your accomplishment!!!

  13. Dayna, I’m flattered you’d stop by and like my blog. Thanks for investing time in that!–M

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on Adventures. Happy Traveling! I look forward to reading about your future adventures.

  15. Love your map above. It’s awesome. This past weekend, I sat on a Southwest flight, and their snack napkins had a map of the United States (at least the contiguous ones). So I promptly took out my pink highlighter and filled in the states I had visited. Thanks for stopping by my blog to read about my addition of yet another state this past weekend.

  16. So good to see someone “young” taking an interest in travel. Don’t wait til you’re too old to get out there and see the world!

  17. I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award! Details here: http://sarahryan85.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/a-liebster-and-versatile-blogger-award/

  18. Cesar F.

    Dayna – Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog! Love the platform: the layout, theme, etc… great photos and descriptions. I have been very bad about documenting my travels, my only attempt at it was in 2009 during my summer in Rwanda; this is what came out of it: http://tiscattero.wordpress.com/. Just came back from Copenhagen and Stockholm and definitely recommend it. Miss you too!!!! Cesar

    • Thanks for following my blog Cesar! I hope you are doing well. Will you be stopping by the Court anytime in the near future?

      You should definitely pick up blogging again. I really wish I had started doing this a lot sooner as a way to document my travel experiences.

  19. yeah travelling! Thanks for dropping by Honey.

  20. Nice blog – I share your love for travel. Love the map widget… may have to steal the idea!

  21. Dayna, thanks for stopping by.
    travel to Asia someday! perhaps Indonesia, where I came from, and I can recommend you a good places to visit!


    harry febrian

    • Thanks for stopping by Harry! I actually lived in Korea for 3 years (a long time ago), but I have not had a chance to blog about it yet. I would love to go back to Asia and visit more countries. It is definitely on my list!!

  22. The Part-Time Traveller

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’ll be popping back here from time to time as well.

    Happy travels!

    • Thanks and same to you! I have also hiked the Inca Trail. I just haven’t had a chance to blog about it. I hope to do that soon.

  23. TravelJackie

    I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Please see my homepage to find out how to accept the award and pass it onto fellow bloggers.

  24. Hey Dayna – thanks for stopping by. I just rushing out the door to hop on my flight, but had a quick peek at your about page! And i like it – i’m loving your 20 random facts!! Once I get back, I will have a proper look at your blog! 🙂

  25. Asta Stefansdottir

    Dear Dayna,
    My name is Asta and I work in a travel agency in Norway. I was wondering if you have an e-mail address where I could contact you?

  26. You have put together an interesting self-psychoanalysis. Happy travels!

  27. vanessalovespostcards

    Hey Dayna! really nice blog and a WOW to your travel experiences!

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