About the Author

Hola!  Welcome to The Mochilera Diaries.  I’m Leah.

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I’m a solo traveler on a mission to know the world first-hand and to know it well.

I’ve been living the life of a mochilera (backpacker) since late 2011 when I first moved overseas to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English.  I spent roughly a year-and-a-half getting to know the Land of Smiles and visiting 7 other countries before finally conceding to what my heart really wanted–to travel and live in a Spanish-speaking country.

South America became my next target, and after a few months at home to catch up with friends and family, I took off again on what was originally intended as a backpacking trip that would lead to permanent residence in Argentina to once again work as an English teacher.

After 8 months of traveling and volunteering in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, however, I realized I was not quite ready to give up my nomadic lifestyle and, exhausted and somewhat discouraged, headed home for a short break from travel.

I’m now back in the US for a few months to reevaluate my goals and devise a new plan.  My current location is my hometown of Peshastin, Washington; my free time is spent taking steps daily (baby steps, mind you) toward becoming location-independent in order to continue pursuing my dream of traveling at-will.  I’ve met enough inspiring people on the road to know that it is possible and I’m excited to take on this new challenge.

In the not-too-distant future, I will be on the road again; however, in the meantime I’ll be updating the blog with travel stories both from my time in Southeast Asia and South America, as The Mochilera Diaries didn’t actually come to fruition until very late in my travels (in South America–hence the Spanish word for backpacker in the name).

I believe in travel as a means of education and creating a more peaceful, understanding world.  I’m a proponent of lifelong learning and am constantly striving to learn as much as I can about myself and where I belong on this vast, beautiful planet as well as the diverse people and cultures I encounter on my wanderings.  Occasionally, I’ll write more philosophical posts or about things that interest me outside of the realm of travel, but travel is my true passion, my home–and I will always come back to it.

If you are visiting this site for the first time, here are a few of my favorite posts to help us get acquainted:

I hope you enjoy getting to know me through my stories and I’d love to hear about your experiences on the road too.  Comments are welcome and encouraged.  So follow me on this journey at your leisure…through the ups and the downs (both literal and figurative!), through the successes and failures (of which there are sure to be many!).  Learn from me, laugh at me, be inspired to follow your heart.

Me llamo Leah y yo soy mochilera.  ¡Sígueme!

4 Responses to About the Author

  1. Hi Leah! We’re Le and David from Wise Monkeys Abroad. Thanks so much for connecting with us on Twitter 🙂 And directing us to your blog! We look forward to reading about your adventures: past, present and future and to see how your location-dependent goals pan out!! Might inspire us to give that a go one day!

    • LaMochilera says:

      Hi guys! Thanks for connecting! I’m excited to follow your adventures as well! I can get to know new parts of the world through you, and hopefully vice versa! Happy travels!

  2. Wonderful and inspiring blog, Leah! Thanks a lot for following us on Twitter! Travel safe and keep up your great work!!

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