101 Things to Do in Santa Cruz (From a Local)

Things to do in Santa Cruz

The best things to do in Santa Cruz from someone who grew up in the city! These are my favorite places to eat, visit, and local experiences to have around my hometown. Having grown up in the city, my list for things to do in Santa Cruz could go on and on (especially in terms […]

2018, A Year of Finding Home

Arizona hiking Monument Valley

After spending so much of 2017 on my own, I made it a plan in 2018 to build up more of a community in my life again. I did this in two ways: Finding a home base so I didn’t have to live out of a backpack anymore. Planning my trips based on which friends […]

My 28th Year: On the Places I Once Called Home

Solo traveling through Sydney, Australia in 2013 - The Atlas Heart

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. // Miriam Adeney I’m currently on a train in Scotland, rolling through the lush green countryside. There are deep blue-grey […]

What to Do in Santa Cruz in Winter

What to Do in Santa Cruz in Winter

Santa Cruz isn’t just a summer beach town, it’s also a great location to explore during the winter. Discover what to do in Santa Cruz in winter. You can’t go wrong with the little beachside town of Santa Cruz. Up until now, I’ve mainly talked about what you can do in the warm months to […]

2015, A Year of Change

2015 A Year of Change - The Atlas Heart

When I look back on 2015 it is with fondness for how far I’ve come since I rung in the New Year at a little bar in Wellington, New Zealand. At that time, I had no idea what this year would bring, how many firsts I would have, and the amount of change I would […]

A photo essay through Santa Cruz

It’s no surprise that I love a little beachside town called Santa Cruz. First of all, it’s where I grew up. Secondly, it’s a super laid back, chilled out, and beautiful place to explore – could it fit my personality any better? A couple of years ago I wrote this post on 6 free things to […]

Notes on turning 25

I turn a quarter of a century old tomorrow. I’m in the Oregon countryside with my family and I’m just as happy as I was when I turned 21 in San Diego, 22 in Las Vegas, 23 in Melbourne, Australia, and 24 in Wellington, New Zealand. Funny enough, this house in the country is actually […]

Thoughts on coming home

When I first left home, I wrote this post the day I left San Diego. When I left San Diego on a train taking me to LA, which would be my departure city from the States, I remember watching the sun fade under the canopy of palm trees, and feeling like I knew, at least […]

Postcard from Santa Cruz, CA

I visited my hometown this past weekend for the last time before my travels, and to say a temporary goodbye to my family and friends. In order to celebrate my last views of Santa Cruz and to serve as a reminder of why I love this place so much, here are a few photos of […]