The Wandering Sunflower

An adventure blog dedicated to my immense wanderlust; following the mishaps, tales & spontaneity of my life!

Hi there and welcome to my happy, little travel blog!

This blog has been my dear friend and confidant for nearly a decade. It’s followed me to Europe, Oceania, throughout the U.S. and will continue to follow along with me on travels until the end of days. It’s in this blog that I tell my outlandish stories of intrepid travel but it’s also where my published articles and professional works reside. I’m a traveler in my soul and a writer at heart. I’ve combined these two passions of mine into a beautiful love child that will continue to grow for the years to come. I’m glad you’re here and I hope you stick around a while.

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Alaska Bound!

Back in 2018, my partner and I made the decision to move to Alaska. We made this decision based solely on the fact that we’d never been there and had always wanted to go. Did we have any contacts? No. Did we have a job lined up when we made this decision? No. Did we…

FROM READERS: MU grad reflects on her year abroad as a nanny in Paris

MEGAN SUDDARTH / MISSOURIAN READER Oct 21, 2015 For access to the original publication, click here. Everyone always asks you when you’re young, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, you think you’re supposed to know. As if the answer is set in stone, and something that you overwhelmingly…

A Hop, Skip & a Jump Across the Pond: Europe, I’m Back!

Well, hello there fellow travelers! I know it’s been a while since I updated you on things and I apologize for that.. But I have good news! I’m currently in Wales.. That’s right, I’m back in Europe! It all started six months ago, right after I got back from New Zealand – because obviously I…

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The Nanny Chronicles

From cute, little stories of daily life to full blown accounts of my time in Paris as a whole, find out what my life as an au pair in Paris was really like!

Backpacking New Zealand

Read all about my crazy escapades throughout New Zealand with just a couple bags, my best at my side and an adventurer’s attitude!

Life in the Grand Canyon

Living as a local in Grand Canyon National Park changed my life in so many ways. Read all about how I was changed by the beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World here!

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How I Landed a Job Living and Working in Grand Canyon National Park

Well, it’s been quite a while since publishing anything here but I’m back and ready to tell you all what I’ve been up to for the last few years and man, do I have a lot of travels to catch you up on! First things first, I’ve spent a lot of my time in these…

Abseiling & Black Water Rafting in Waitomo Caves; A True Adventure

Ever wanted to rope down a 50 foot drop into a cave and then go black river rafting and rock climbing? Then Kiwi Cave Rafting in Waitomo Caves has got you covered because this is exactly what I did today and it was phenomenal. Rowena and I had discussed wanting to go caving in some…

Hobbiton – The Shire

TODAY WAS THE BEST DAY EVER. I WENT TO HOBBITON.  I SAW THE BEAUTIFUL SHIRE. I WALKED THE PATHS OF BAG END.  I can’t believe that I was finally able to go. I remember falling in love with Tolkien when I was just in middle school. Now, here I am, years later and I saw…

Grillstock – A Day of Serving Up Ice Cream in England

Alright so I cannot believe what I just spent my day doing. I woke up bright and early with Gem and then drove in to Bristol to work all day at a BBQ/music festival called Grillstock serving ice cream. And eating it. Okay, I did a lot more eating it than I did serving it…

Stockholm, man.

Okay, so I realize that this post is a bit late seeing as how I was in Stockholm a little over two weeks ago but better late than never! So, without further ado, a story in photographs.     Sweden was absolutely beautiful and as you can see, I had a blast. Special shout out to…

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