I was born in California, USA, and my love for exploring new places and cultures to share them with others has never stopped growing! I've learned a lot about travel-- from road trips with my family, cruises, studying abroad, volunteer work, and trips with friends, not to mention professional travel planning, and my goal is to share truthful stories about my adventures in a way that combines practical tips and advice with the whimsy of discovery. I write to encourage others to travel with an open heart, and an eagerness to learn more about themselves and the world we live in! Transformational travel is my passion-- I believe that by connecting to the world around us, we also make discoveries about ourselves. Let's travel!
How can Madelyn help you?
First trip abroad
Travel as a Student
Travel as a Couple
After graduating from high school, I studied for two years at Calvary Chapel Bible College in California and in Israel. I am currently studying Business Administration and Communications.
Painting has long been a hobby of mine that I have nurtured through classes as well. I have samples of my artwork available upon request.
I have had a great variety in my work experience as I have sought to narrow down my career pursuit and find what I enjoy. My longest standing job has been in private childcare (babysitting, nannying, and church daycare- 7 years). I have also tutored children in English (1 year), acted in and costumed local musical theatre productions (3 years), and worked in food service as a waitress, wedding caterer, and at a frozen yogurt shop (3 years).
I have strong phone and people skills and have worked for a semester as a front desk receptionist at a conference center in Southern California, as well as a month at a hostel as a receptionist.
Other work experience includes an internship at a study tour in Israel for a semester, where I was a resident advisor who managed student meal funds, helped students with interpersonal disputes, and became accomplished at cooking for large groups of people on a budget.
I’ve done a lot of things, and want to try everything!
Along with being well-traveled within my own country, I have been many places outside of it. I have lived in Israel for a total of six months, traveled to meet family in Norway, and been to Athens, Paris, Berlin, and Germany’s Black Forest. I’ve been to Northern Ireland and England, and spent the summer of 2018 traveling for four months— two of which I was in Scotland as a Worldpacker, volunteering in housekeeping and reception at two different hostels.