Welcome, explorer!

If you peruse maps for fun, sleep better outside, and need to know what’s around the next bend,
if your mind grows calmer when your body is in motion,
if the world is vast and life is too short,

This is for you.

Frost on sleeping quilt near Williamson
Cold hiker eats oatmeal on Mt Whitney summit

Meet Your Virtual Guide

Outdoor adventures and off-the-beaten-track travel have been my paths to confidence, contentment, and a deeper understanding of the world and myself. I created Exploring Wild to help others discover the power of these experiences.

Everything on this website is based on extensive personal experience and careful research. You can trust that I’ve been there, done that, and learned from some mistakes.

I’m introverted, nerdy, and more risk-averse than you might think. I have cranky knees and hate being cold. I used to think all this stuff was only for people braver and tougher than me. If I can do it, so can you! Read more here.

~ Alissa

Explore New Places

In search of culture, connection, and beauty.

West Africa

Southeast Asia

Western USA

North Africa

East Africa


Explore By Bike

In search of total immersion at pedal-powered pace.


Bike Touring

How To’s

Routes & Trips


Explore on Foot

In search of quiet trails, gorgeous views, and
lots of dusty footsteps.

Gear & Tips

Lightweight Backpacking

John Muir Trail

Colorado Trail

Arizona Trail

More Adventure




Training & Fitness

Ladies Only

Latest Posts

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

~ Mary Oliver