Val in Real Life is a former geologist turned adventure travel writer and photographer. She’s always had a well-developed sense of wanderlust that has taken her all over North America and her running joke is that home is a four-letter word. Her adventures can be by car, motorcycle, or foot but always involve camping, hiking, geocaching, and photography.
She loves solo adventures as well as experiential education trips with her two sons. Through their explorations, she’s trying to show her boys all of the choices and possibilities the world has to offer. Through her solo adventures, she hopes to empower other women to travel and embrace their strength.
She considers herself a student of life and enjoys learning from every experience, whether formal or informal. When she’s near home, she loves exploring the invigorating landscapes of the north Georgia mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, even going so far as to earn her Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. Along with her Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace certifications, Val embraces knowledge, safety, and stewardship in all of her adventures.
She chronicles her solo and road-schooling adventures at Val in Real Life in the hopes it will show others the joys of exploration as well as inspire them to seek amazing adventures in their own lives.
If you ever have any questions, comments, ideas or the like, please feel free to ping her at valinreallife at gmail.com. And be sure to follow along on your favorite social media outlet by clicking the buttons at the top of the sidebar. Val welcomes gear review and freelance opportunities as well. For more information on working with Val, click here.
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