My name is Kay Rodriguez and I am a college student at Rice University.

I was just eighteen years old and I’d just graduated high school, and somehow I found myself, alone, on a plane to England on a cool July evening. It was a strange but exhilarating feeling, just packing my bags and jumping on a plane from my familiar home in Virginia to a foreign country, but it was an experience that would change my life and my views of the world. Once I got to London, busy streets, quaint shops, and a bustling city awaited me, and I loved every minute of it.

From then on, I haven’t been able to stay away from my desires to travel, photograph, and write. And luckily, the three pretty much go hand-in-hand. I am not sure what I want to do with my life career-wise, but I do know that I want to travel throughout my life. The thrill and beauty of seeing the world with a backpack on my back, a notebook in my pocket, and a camera in my hand is quite possibly the most incredible feeling I’ve ever experienced.

Since then, I’ve moved to Houston, experienced my first year in college, and traveled to five other countries. I’ve stayed at five-star resorts and I’ve visited public sanitariums. But most importantly, I’ve seen places, met people, and learned languages that I’ve never been familiar with. With each adventure, I realize that there are even more benefits to traveling.

In April 2012, I bought my first ukulele, who I named Snapdragon. She comes everywhere with me now whenever I travel.

(Snapdragon on a flight to Hong Kong.)

I also have a bear, who we recently named Butterscotch, who travels with me as well.

Things that make me unique? I love tea, I think food is an excellent way to learn about the world, I tweet, I take photos, and I write travel articles. I also love to learn new things. I like to take chances and explore, I guess it’s my way of learning about the world around me!

I love making new friends and hearing from other travelers, so feel free to contact me any time at krodri93@gmail.com or on Facebook.

Maybe we’ll even cross paths one day in this small world of ours.

a lifetime's exploration


  1. …great blog… love what you are doing… thanks for the inspiration!!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Grant. Your kind words really made my day. Your blog is fantastic as well and I can’t wait to see more posts and photos from you!


  2. Thanks for the “like”! I’m glad it brought me to your blog- it’s lovely. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank YOU for your awesome posts. Definitely following you, your writing and photos are wonderful! I really can’t wait to see more πŸ™‚


      1. That’s about the nicest comment I’ve ever gotten! Thank you- and ditto!

  3. Have you tried the food in Central Europe? Apricots like I used to pull off my Nana’s tree back when Silcon Valley was the Valley the the Heart’s Delight. Fruits and veggies that still have taste and texture.
    To quote Rick Steves (just got off his tour to Prague, Krakow, Budapest and more)–Keep on travelin’! Thanks for liking my blog. Sydney

    1. Thank you for your post! I’ve unfortunately never been to Central Europe, but hopefully I’ll be able to make a trip there someday. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!


  4. Thank you for liking my Baler post. Maybe we’ll see each other in one of our travels πŸ™‚

    1. You certainly deserve it! I love your blog. Definitely following you because I want to see more pictures from you! Enjoy your travels in the Philippines, it truly is a beautiful place. I’m here too so perhaps we’ll run into each other! πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! What an adventure you are on!

    1. Gretchen,

      Thanks for the follow! Can’t wait to see your new adventures πŸ™‚


  6. Thanks for liking some recent posts.

    1. My pleasure, Rich. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


  7. Thank you for showing up on my blog Kay… I would stay longer here, but as I said I am packing :D. Take care, Paula

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Paula. Good luck packing and enjoy your trip!


  8. Hi! πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking it. I took a quick peek at yours (I’m at work..) and I like what I see so I have to say I’m excited to see where you’ve been and what you’ve got to share. I’m currently thinking what country I should stop in while in Korea. ‘Till next time!

    Perhaps we may even meet one day unknowingly; I live in the same city that Rice is located. :]

    1. Yes! That would be really cool. I really enjoy talking to/meeting people who love traveling just as much as I do! πŸ™‚ Enjoy Korea. Can’t wait to see more of your future posts!!!


  9. So glad I found your blog, I can travel vicariously through you…Thank you for following my blog.

    1. Thanks for following! I love your blog as well. Also, thank you for your kind words. They make me smile πŸ™‚


  10. Thanks for the follow! Looking forward to reading about your adventures on here πŸ™‚

    1. K.C.,

      Thanks for having such a wonderful blog! Your posts are great. Keep it up! And thanks for stopping by — please do come back soon! πŸ™‚ Enjoy your travels.


  11. Wonderful blog. If I wasn’t so passionate about writing, I would have been a photographer. I hope you make many happy memories on your adventures.

    1. Ariel,

      Thank you for your comment! I’m hoping I can soon find a happy medium between sharing my own adventures and engaging others, although I’m not quite sure how I’ll do that at this point. I hope you always continue to write, it’s really a beautiful thing!


      1. Thanks you! I hope the same for you as well. Writing is a gift, but so is all art.

  12. asummerago · · Reply

    Attaway Kay! You’re already a far more productive freshman and post-freshman than I ever was. This is awesome and keep it up!

    1. Aww it’s all thanks to my wonderful advisors, haha πŸ˜€

  13. diddly · · Reply

    Like your blog Kay. You must some interesting negotiation stories from your travels.

    1. Thanks! I really enjoy writing about my stories and adventures! Thanks for commenting and stopping by, and please do visit again!


  14. Thanks for liking my post Navajo Nation. Best to you.

  15. Cool Blog! Thanks for stopping by! If you come to Latin America, we might cross paths! πŸ™‚

    1. I really hope to go to Latin America soon! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment. Perhaps one day we will cross paths!


  16. Thanks for the Like, Kay. Just waiting for my kid to grow up before getting back to travelling myself! In the meantime, writing is the new travelling πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your comment πŸ™‚ Writing is definitely a journey in and of itself — this summer I challenged myself to write everyday and it has proven just as rewarding as the travel itself!


  17. Cecil Scaglione · · Reply

    Keep on trekkin’ — more fun than tweetin’

  18. Lovely blog you have here! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting! Your blog is really nifty too!


  19. Thanks for liking my post Sunset in Arches National Park. Best to you.

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog! So happy to have found a fellow traveler! =)

    1. Thank YOU for stopping by! I always enjoy meeting other people who enjoy travel like I do!


  21. I love this blog.. so much that I’ve nominated you for Capture the Color. Keep it up.

    1. Thank you so much. Wow. What an honor. Your Capture the Color post was beautiful. I really can’t wait to see more from you!


      1. Well I was sincere. I would love to see you do the same. Not just for the contest but because it was actually a fun way to revisit some of what you have done or even just to explore something new in your life.

  22. Love the blog – and great photos! Am now following πŸ™‚

    And thanks for liking my post. Gracie

    1. Gracie,
      Thank you so much! You are too kind πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words!


  23. Very nice concept. Wish I could travel forever as well. Kind of lonely not having a “home” after awhile though.

  24. This is one lovely blog that you have got here… Glad I found it…

  25. I just love people who follow their desires. People definitely worth to follow and meet πŸ˜‰

  26. Hey thanks for liking my post “All Done and Done In”.
    I looked at the photos of your ancestral home and sure is beautiful. I can see why the ghosts don’t want to leave. Lol
    Take care,

    1. Dwayne,

      Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by. Your blog is awesome! The ancestral home visit was truly a treat — not to mention I learned a lot about my family history!



  27. Hello fellow blogger,

    I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Andrea (http://adventurousandrea.com). Well, now, I nominate you!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

  28. Hey thanks for the like on my blog, you have a great blog here.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚


  29. Hi Kay! thanks for liking my post! I am quite a newbie here in blogging, and I think, your post will be the first one I’d follow, since I’d love to share the experiences that we both have in common! Cheers!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Blogging is wonderful and I’m glad you’re starting off on a great foot. Let me know if there’s anything I can help you with, or if you ever just want to chat. Good luck πŸ™‚


  30. Many Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my Post πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Shammy! Thank YOU for stopping by. I always love connecting with fellow travelers πŸ™‚ How is Australia?

      1. Shammy's life · ·

        Heya Kay,

        Good on you πŸ™‚

        I live in Aus and i am just loving it, & will definitely try to learn stuff from your style of Blogging.

        Thanks again

      2. Oh! And all the while I thought you were visiting. Silly me! Thanks so much though, always happy to make new friends πŸ™‚ And I hope to one day visit Australia too — I’ve heard it’s absolutely beautiful!


      3. Shammy's life · ·

        Yes indeed!!

        I went for a business Trip, so got a chance πŸ™‚

        You should come her some time, i must say you gonna love it πŸ™‚


  31. Kay, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your outlook. No matter what else you choose to do, keep realizing your travel dreams!

    1. Thank YOU for stopping by, Shelley. Thanks for the words of encouragement and I’ll definitely keep them in mind going forward! Hope to see more from you soon πŸ™‚


  32. I’ve nominated your blog for β€œTell Me About Yourself Award”. I’m honored if you accept the award. http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/another-award/

  33. Kay, Great blog. Your passion for travel shines through here! Awesome β€” I can totally relate. Thank you for stopping by and checking out Travel Oops! Steph

    1. Steph,

      Thank YOU for stopping by and for your kind words. I’m really glad that my passion shines through, because nowadays it’s all I want to do with my life! Can’t wait to see what your blog has in store πŸ™‚


  34. I can totally relate! Can’t wait to read more!

  35. Thanks, Kay for visiting my blog, http://tinkerthinktank.wordpress.com and liking my post on the stinging jellyfish! I share your passion for travel and I think you have a lovely blog. I am following you now. I hope we’ll share lots more going forward!

    1. Thank you very much! I am so glad you’re following me and I’ll definitely do the same. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by my blog!


  36. Hi, Kay, Thank you for visiting, and liking, my blog at http://artteachtravel.com . I think it is wonderful that, at your young age, you are out to see the planet! I am also inspired to travel as much as possible, but I got a much later start at it than you! All the best of luck.

    1. Anita,

      Thank you. Your comment really made me smile πŸ™‚ I don’t know where traveling will take me, but I’m hoping that it’s something I can turn into a career one day.



  37. Hi Kay, thanks for visiting us at Eighty Wickets. Travels with a bear and a ukelele sound fun. Take care, Merryn

    1. Merryn,

      Pretty name πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!


  38. Cez Prieto · · Reply

    Hi Kay! Thanks for liking my blog post. I’m inspired with your travel stories as well! You surely have a lot of travel experience to share and I’m proud that you are also a Filipina. Hope to see you one of these days. Contact me if you drop by in Cebu City. Oh-Kay?tehehe

    1. Cez,

      I was JUST in Cebu about two months ago before I came back to school! I’m so happy you stopped by my blog πŸ™‚ Nice to meet another Filipino! I will surely let you know next time I’m back home, but until then, I can’t wait to see what your blog has in store!


  39. Jina @ Soy and Ginger · · Reply

    Hahaha this is lovely. It’s so great that you travel with your ukulele! Is it similar to playing a regular acoustic guitar? If so, I might just buy one myself.

    I love tea as well πŸ™‚

    1. Jina,

      Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by! Playing ukulele is very similar to guitar, and I think it’s even easier πŸ™‚ You should definitely try it out! Tea is a wonderful thing — so relaxing and good for you too! I can’t wait to follow you and see what comes next πŸ™‚


  40. kevinmayne · · Reply

    Thanks for liking my Kiev post – and keep inspiring the young travellers. Lots more places to visit for us all

    1. Thanks Kevin! I really appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚


  41. Kay,

    Thanks for stopping by my quirky travel blog, http://www.travelbyterry.com, and I am very glad you enjoyed “A Walkabout at the Westin Kierland”. I am very impressed with your early writing and travel accomplishments. You should have a bright future ahead.

    Best regards,

    1. Terry,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. Can’t wait to see what else is in store!


  42. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you enjoyed and am looking forward to reading more of yours!

    1. Hey Sarahlynn,

      I’ve actually moved! My new blog is http://www.thekaydays.com and I hope you’ll consider subscribing to that! Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚


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