Writing and outdoor adventures have thrilled Rachel since she was little. At just four years old, she wrote her first story about turkey hunting with her dad in southern Wisconsin where she was born. Since then she’s found ways to pay the bills by combining her favorite hobbies, having authored countless articles for national outdoor publications and travel blogs.
Rachel graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism and multimedia communication from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, working as a news reporter in western Wisconsin after graduating. In college she explored Ireland, Italy, and numerous European countries for a few months to scratch her travel itch (sufficed later by traveling to Canada for wilderness fishing trips during the summers when she couldn’t make it overseas).
In 2021 she moved to Montana to pursue a place she’s been pining after since she was a teenager. Now, she’s content with writing and editing Austin Adventure’s copy which feeds her daydreams of the many destinations she has yet to visit.
When did you first catch the travel bug?
I was about six or seven years old, my family took a two-week road trip out west and hit Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. It was my first time traveling far away from Wisconsin where I was raised and seeing the mountains when we drove past the Grand Tetons. I fell in love with travel and of course that mountain range, an image which I now have tattooed on my arm. I guess I’m dedicated for life!
What are your favorite outdoor activities?
Hunting, camping, backcountry hiking, photography, canoeing, and hammocking are my common go-tos when I want to be outdoors, in no particular order. In the winter I’ll slip in skiing and snowshoeing when I can.
What is your favorite historical site, castle, museum, etc.?
The most impactful historical site I’ve visited is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp near Oświęcim, Poland. I had the opportunity to enter a bunkhouse where prisoners had been kept at night. I distinctly remember placing my hand on one of the “beds”, which was really just a wooden shelf, and feeling like I could hear a thousand stories of what happened there through the touch.
What’s your favorite vacation destination(s)?
Anywhere I can have a good view of the mountains and a decent campsite.
What are your passions?
People-watching in airports (without being creepy), cheering loudly when the Green Bay Packers score, pretending I’m good at cooking even though I’ve literally burned rice, and learning about the world by being consistently curious.