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Living on the Dirt 

Budget Traveler * Hiker * Backpacker * Solo Woman

About Me

Hi there! I’m a 28 year old female, hailing from Buffalo, New York. Yes, I come from the land of chicken wings!!! I’m definitely an outdoors person, a crazy hiker/backpacker and I have a huge passion to travel the world! I don’t come from money. I work so hard on making my dreams a reality. I use to live the “normal” life and I didn’t have the courage to solo travel until just a few years ago. I was so afraid and what I came to find was, it was the best decision I have ever made and now I caught the travel bug! My website is very user-friendly in helping you find your perfect travel destinations/hikes, and I have a whole drop-down menu called “resources” offering all kinds of tips. If you enjoy hiking and low-budget travel, this is the site for you. I hope you find this website useful and feel free to reach out. Thank you for reading and happy trails!!!

Living on the Dirt/Shelly

Most Recent Posts

Tips for your first solo international trip!

If you are about/want to embark on your first solo international trip you’re probably feeling uneasy, nervous, unsure and you probably have emotions or doubt running through you. Let me [...]

What to expect when you backpack internationally via hostels

When backpacking abroad, their are a few options to choose from when looking at accommodations; airbnb, hotels, couchsurfing, and of course hostels. I’m not going to say which option is [...]

Crazy wildlife encounters

From backpacking in the Alaskan wilderness to thru-hiking the Arizona Trail and with hundreds of other trails in-between, I have seen an abundance of wildlife and gained great campfire stories [...]

How I Stay Safe on the Trail

Many people get an uneasy feeling when hiking in the woods, away from society, whether it be with others or by themselves. Some people choose to not even go hiking [...]

  • Mississippi- Woodall Mountain

Highest point in Mississippi- Woodall Mountain

The highest point in Mississippi is Woodall Mountain reaching 806 feet! This high point is located just off of Mississippi Highway 25, south of the town of Iuka. […]

The top 10 free places I use to sleep in my car at night!

From most used to least used, here they are… […]

Travel solo or travel with people? Which one is right for you and how to decide.

Both I have experienced on several occasions and it’s all about preference and what you want out of your trip. You might even like both. Some trips you may want [...]

Highest point in Missouri- Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

The highest point in Missouri, Taum Sauk Mountain, is 1,779 feet and is located in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. […]

Overcoming your fears in the Wilderness

I can’t exactly tell you how to overcome your fears in the wilderness, but I can explain to you my story and how I deal with my fears. […]

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