Oklahoma Bred and World Fed

[social_warfare buttons=”Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest”]Oklahoma! Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains. Where I was born and raised, and where I currently call my home.

It’s a charming little state, located right in the middle of the good ole’ US of A. The roads go on forever in the good state of Oklahoma, and while I am sure many would not be fond of the monotony, for an Oklahoma girl it’s become a simple pleasure.

Oklahoma is filled with college football, ranches, and too much comfort food for your own good. As far as I know the only professional sports team we have is the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Someone let me know if I am wrong.)

Oklahoma may not be the first place to see the latest trend, but i can assure you we don’t all ride horses to work and live in tee-pees.

Tulsa is located in the northwest corner of the state and I am most definitely biased, but it’s the best part of Oklahoma. The growth that Tulsa has seen in the past 10 years is remarkable and I am proud to know it. It has blossomed into it’s own unique city filled with locally owned breweries and restaurants, stunning parks, markets and so much more.

With a population of a little more than 400,000 it is no surprise that we truly have an inclusive and welcoming community. Our philanthropic community is beyond my words and seeing our community flourish is something that I hope I will never take for granted.

The drop everything lifestyle to travel the world is still a very far-off topic here in Oklahoma. Of course this isn’t to say that people don’t travel if they are from Oklahoma, or that I am the only one who has dropped it all to go chase my dreams. I’m not the first and I won’t be the last.

That being said, I often get asked why I travel, what got me started and how to do it. How an Oklahoma girl can be in India teaching English to street children or working as an Au Pair in Spain. This of course was a big driving factor to start The Places Jo Goes, which you can read about here.

I’ve learned that where we are from can help shape us, but it doesn’t have to define us.


I travel for a multitude of reasons. My favorite thing about traveling is meeting people and building authentic, growth-fulfilling relationships. I am addicted to the unknown and uncertainty of a new place and I am in awe of the simplicity that we are all humans, living our lives and hopefully doing the best that we can.

Traveling the world has continued to shape me into the person that I want to be, and isn’t that one of the goals? To become the best version of you and be who you’ve always wanted to be. It’s one of mine.

Travel has put my life into perspective  and made it much simpler. We are all humans, designed to love and be loved in return. Our worth isn’t defined by our wallets or how many likes we get. Travel has revealed to me what I value most in this world and has shown me time and time again that I have more than I could ever need.

The curiosity of the world is what led me to see it and what has continued to lead me over and over. When you want something bad enough, you go and get it. If it’s a goal, focus on it and don’t stop until you reach it. I do the research and continue to educate myself on how I can continue to travel, where I want to travel, and then I make a plan and do it.

I have a passion for this world, which is why I continue to share my experiences with others. One of my goals is to show others that it is possible to see the world no matter where you come from, by sharing what I know and what I have learned.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to be in between jobs, to have gaps on your resume and to have less than $100 to your name.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to be single and living at home at 25, because you have dreams and goals that you are working towards.

In the end, you figure it out and you make it work. I know, because I have been there. I used to get so caught up in the rules of life, when in all reality there are none. The only perfect way to live, is to live true to you.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


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  1. December 28, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    I’m so excited to read more! I don’t know if you remember me or not, but we went on a trip to Rome together way back in 2008-ish! That was my first time to travel abroad, and I was thinking it was yours too – crazy to find you all this time later and see where your adventures have taken you!

    • theplacesjogoes
      December 28, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Hey lady! Ah, this is the best little comment surprise ever!! I do remember you and wow how time has passed so so quickly. That was my first Euro trip and now theres been so many adventures in between! Love reconnecting- hope you’re doing well and am excited to stay in touch on Instagram and keep up!

  2. December 28, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Great Post! Getting caught up in the rules can lead you to path on unhappiness. Just because people are not where they are “supposed” to be based on other people or society doesn’t mean you are not on the right track. Keep working toward your goals and keep up the blog!

    • theplacesjogoes
      December 29, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you SO much!! i love that, it’s so true. We all have our own way to live! xx

  3. January 3, 2019 / 11:06 am

    I’ve definitely learned that not worrying too much about where you are now—with finances, where you live, etc.—makes it much easier to focus on getting where you want to be. Thanks for sharing, Jo!

    • theplacesjogoes
      January 26, 2019 / 6:26 pm

      Absolutely!!! I so agree, and I think it’s so important to not get too caught up in it:) Hugs love!

  4. Nigel Clarke
    October 17, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    You said it all my friend. Don’t know how you manage to articulate so well what I am thinking/feeling, but lovin’ it!

    • theplacesjogoes
      October 19, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      My dude!!! Sometimes the Universe aligns us with the right people ya know!? Thanks for reading! xox

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