Hi, I'm Allison Wolf. Wolves and Waterfalls is a travel blog I started in order to share helpful tips and guides from the places I've visited and the experiences I've had traveling.
To give you a little bit more information about who I am, see below for 9 things you probably didn't know about me:
I'm a senior in college
Yep - believe it or not, I work in all my adventures around my school schedule. In June 2018, I'll graduate from the University of Washington in Seattle with a BAS in Informatics.
I used to live in the travel section at Barnes and Noble
Before I could afford to travel on my own (and before I had a Pinterest account), I spent countless hours flipping through the pages of travel books at Barnes and Noble.
My dad, sister, and I treated the store like a sit-in library.
Once though, I saved up my birthday money and bought a huge National Geographic travel book. It was hard-back and insanely heavy, but I was so pleased I could bring a piece of the world home with me.
Game of Thrones is my absolute favorite show of all time
This was a big surprise to myself actually. One day I was teasing my friend for watching the show, and the next day I was hooked...
It was like bad karma except I'm so glad I started watching. It's literally the BEST SHOW EVER.
I grew up in a small town
I was born in a small town called Centralia in Washington state, and went to school in an even smaller town called Winlock. Winlock is home to the world's largest egg (google it, I dare you), and has a population of about 2000.
For a girl who's been obsessed with far away places for as long as I can remember, growing up in a place that didn't see much action was kind of hard for me. I spent a lot of time wishing I was somewhere else and not fully appreciating the community around me.
While I'm still obsessed with seeing the world and will always be a bit of a city girl, there's definitely a healthy bit of hick in me, and I'm proud of it.
My first trip abroad was to Italy and Turkey
During my first quarter of college, my Italian professor pitched a 3-month study abroad program which would be held in Italy. Before the words had barely left her mouth, I was mentally writing my application essay and agreeing to any additional loans I'd need to take out.
That Spring, I took my first flight out of the country and found myself staring up at beautiful apartment in the heart of Rome. I spent a month and a half sharing that apartment with 5 other girls, before heading south to Calabria, where I spent the rest of the trip living with an Italian host family.
Read more: Highlights of 3 Months in Italy
When it was time to go home, I made a quick detour to Istanbul, Turkey. Italy had been a dream but I wanted to see what solo travel felt like. It was a scary step to take at the time, but it was the best possible thing I could've done for myself.
I have the best travel buddy
As you may have seen from my Instagram stories or pictures I post, I'm usually traveling with my best friend Yuting. Freshman year of college, we connected and made a spur of the moment decision to backpack Tanzania together. We barely knew each other, but it turned out to be one of the best trips I've taken.
Since then, we've been to China, the Philippines, and Mexico together, and always seem to have our next destination lined up.
I prefer the aisle seat
The window vs. aisle seat debate is real.
I usually prefer the aisle seat though, simply because there are so many more perks. I can stretch my legs out further, get up and walk around, and use the restroom without disturbing anyone.
I feel like whenever I get the window seat it's usually dark outside and I don't get the to enjoy the view.
I'll always say yes to a waterfall hike
I love waterfalls so much. Whenever I travel somewhere new, I scour the internet for nearby waterfalls worth trekking to.
Due to this obsession, a destination on my must-see-soon list is definitely Iceland. When I finally get the chance to go, I'm going to squeeze an insane amount of waterfall-viewing into my schedule.
I started my blog for two reasons:
inspire others to travel the world
If there's one thing that truly makes me happy, it's hearing other people's travel plans and stories. Whether you're about to take a road trip through Big Sur, California, or just hiked the Andes in South America, the excitement born out of travel is invigorating and contagious.
With this blog, I hope to inspire more people to get out there and see the world. Life is too short to keep putting off that dream vacation or solo backpacking trip. Read a few of my articles, and start planning your next adventure!
build something of my own from the ground up
There's something about having a dream and actually taking the steps to accomplish it. For me, developing this travel blog has pushed me to continuously learn new skills and improve upon the ones I already have. I've met new people, improved my writing ability, and am becoming a better photographer.
With Wolves and Waterfalls, the opportunities are endless. It's just up to me to keep going - something I don't see being a problem anytime soon.
Anything else you'd like to know?
Feel free to reach out to me or follow my adventures on Instagram