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Several years ago, I paused my career in the software industry to see where other paths could lead. I'm still watching that journey unfold, but so far, it's taken me backpacking through West Africa, bicycling through Southeast Asia and across the US, and hiking along gorgeous routes like the John Muir and Colorado trails.
This might seem like an odd combination, but to me, it's all related. I'm drawn to independent and often solo adventures in beautiful places, with a substantial dose of physical challenge and cultural interest mixed in.
These experiences have shown me our planet's beauty, my own strength, and the many varied ways of being human. I love sharing what I've learned and hope it helps you on your own adventures.
Alissa Bell's Travel Specialities
I don't feel like I've really visited somewhere until I've walked its trails or cycled its roads. Total immersion at human-powered pace is my favorite way to experience new places, whether alone deep in the wilderness or enjoying towns and people along the way.
No distance is too far if there's natural beauty to be found there. Mountains, deserts, forests, canyons… I love them all, and am fascinated by the endless variety of plants and animals that call them home.
Appreciation of culture in its many forms might be the greatest gift travel has given me. Museums and performances are neat, but my favorite cultural experiences are informal: shared meals, multilingual games of charades, and roadside conversations.