Hi, I’m Hannah.
I put together this blog 5 years ago to document my study abroad semester in Italy. Little did I know that four months in Italy was just the beginning of my wanderlust.
The Modern-Day Dreamer is a travel blog focusing on animals. Because animals are my favorite. Hanging out with and seeing native animals on my travels… now we’re on a whole new level of bliss. Do animal experiences top your bucket list? Mine, too. I’m here to help you make your life a little easier by giving you tips along the way.
I feel an incredible bond with animals, sometimes more than I do with humans. But you are just meeting me, and I don’t want to freak you out yet, so that’s all I’m going to say about that right now. I promise I’m normal!! I just have a (slight) obsession with cuddling puppies and spotting native wildlife.
My dreams are to see, learn about, and protect the animals in our world. This, of course, involves another one of my passions, which is travel. Seeing animals in their natural habitats has triggered something in my heart.
You’ve come to the right place if something like discovering a country from the back of a horse excites you! On my blog you will find ideas and tips for incorporating animal experiences into your trips.
Dreamers are those who live in a world of possibility. The modern-day dreamer is an individual with a curious mind, a deep soul, and the courage to pursue a path that may be different from the crowd. My dreams involve animal adventures and delving into new cultures. Animals are amazing creatures that people can have incredible bonds with. They touch hearts in very special ways!
Plus, why do you think there’s so much talk about spirit animals and animal therapy?!?
I’ve always been a dreamer: a small town girl with her nose in a book or saddled on my horse instead of on the soccer field with the rest of the kids my age. Early on in my life I was an avid reader. Though I didn’t pinpoint it at the time, it was because I loved being immersed in another world, place, and time. I had an immense curiosity for what the world was like outside of Northwest Indiana.
Once I reached high school, my population 5000-town was starting to feel claustrophobic. I dreamt of one day visiting Europe (and even wrote a poem about it for English class) because I had this indescribable feeling that it suited me. I moved to San Diego for college because it was about as far from Indiana as I could get and still be in the continental US. Freshmen year my aunt took me on a trip to Italy for a week. This led me to choose Florence as my study abroad semester location.
Life changed for me after I got a taste of living in a foreign city. My heart was so full after traveling around Europe. I loved being immersed in a new culture. I was experiencing a high like I never felt any other time in my life. After I graduated from college in San Diego, I moved to France for about a year, and now I’m in New Zealand. In my spare time I go adventuring and hanging out with the pups at SPCA.
If you’ve made it to the bottom of this I commend you. We’re definitely friends now if you can survive my rambling!