About Me

I’m McKenzie, a twenty-something from Florida, USA. I have a passion for social justice, community service, and traveling, and have hopped around the world in the last few years for fun, food, research, volunteering, backpacking, and adventures. I consume books like air, and can’t resist a great cup of coffee. This blog is a place for me to share some of my stories and maybe inspire others to push themselves out of their comfort zones.

In the last few years I have lived in Tallahassee, Florida, Antigua, Guatemala, and Quito, Ecuador. My life is all over the place because that's what works for me. In 2013 I relocated to Hong Kong for a teaching job, where I will be living until summer 2017. After that, I will be moving to Atlanta, Georgia! Life is good here in Asia for now.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Orlando, FL

Thus far I have been to (in this order): USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Peru, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Israel, England, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Canada, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, South Korea, Brunei, and Cuba.

Hiking around the Quilotoa crater lake in Ecuador

My favorite things in life:
  • Hearty vegan food AND questionable street meat
  • Grand architecture and majestic libraries
  • Calvin and Hobbes comic strips
  • Quirky coffee shops
  • Eating sunflower seeds ‘til my lips crack
  • A good old fashioned protest
  • Women's empowerment and feminism
  • Hula hooping and playing the ukulele
  • The power of education to transform
  • Scandalous tales in history
  • Middle Eastern dance
  • Sprawling out in a garden or city park with a book
  • Culture shock
  • Space operas and epic fantasy stories
  • Dancing until the sun comes up
  • Train rides with a view
  • The crackling of a record player
  • Nutty brown ales sobriety
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Any project involving Joss Whedon
  • Doing yoga outdoors
  • Indie folk music
  • Community building and service
  • The smell of a vintage book store
Cozumel, Mexico

My other blog about values and politics and whatnot is Bookworm Believer.

Contact Me: mckenzieaday@gmail.com


  1. Hi, found your blog and really like it. I am in Tampa, FL myself.

    I am just launching a social network for travelers (by "just" I mean launched yesterday).
    I would be happy if you would check it out.

    It was fin to read your blog and see your perspective, nice.

    Thank you, Patrick

  2. Hi McKenzie,

    My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens

  3. Interesting blog! :)

  4. Florida, ukuleles, books, grand architecture, Calvin and Hobbes, record players, tattoo parlours, Joss Whedon ... and you included my blog in your blog list. Definitely looking forward to reading more of your blog!


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