20161221_083230Hi, I’m Caitlin! I am a writer, map-maker, budget traveler, musician, idealist, and vegetable enthusiast currently based in Punta Gorda, Belize.

I am 24 years old and for the past two years I worked as an analyst at an economic consulting firm in Philadelphia. In that time I became adept in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for analysis and visualization. GIS is mapping software that can be used to process geographic data, design maps, and analyze satellite imagery.

In August 2016, I left that job to volunteer with Ya’axché Conservation Trust, a Belizean organization in Punta Gorda, Belize. I am helping them by using my GIS skills to monitor land use change and by teaching others in the organization and community to use these tools.

I will be living in Punta Gorda for six months; starting in March 2017 I will leave Punta Gorda to backpack Central America. My trip will be open-ended, although my current estimate is that I will be on the road for about three months. I hope that my posts will serve both as entertaining insights into my experiences and also as inspiration and information for other travelers. Feel free to ask me anything about any of the places I’ve visited or the logistics of solo budget travel!

Thanks for visiting!