Hey there! Welcome to Compasses and Quests!
We’re Lia and Matt, a couple of young adventurers who believe the best moments in life come from time spent on open roads and trails. Recently, we packed up the bare necessities and headed down to South America for a year to experience the countless wonders of this beautiful continent.
We are avid campers, road trippers, and thrill seekers. Throughout this journey of life, we are on a quest to travel wherever the road takes us, as long as there are beautiful views and new adventures to be had.
I’m an average 24-year-old who is just figuring life out on the go. All I really know is that I want to be able to look back at my life with a soul full of adventures and some badass stories to tell.
My passion for travel started before I can even remember. I was born in Colorado, but moved to Indonesia with my family when I was still in diapers. I spent my childhood in paradise on a few remote islands until we moved to a big city in Ghana (talk about culture shock). Life overseas provided me with amazing opportunities to travel to over 40 countries, and I developed a love for experiencing the unknown.
My family moved back to Colorado so my sister and I could attend high school and college in the U.S. I stayed in Colorado for college, studying marketing and finance and minoring in Spanish. While I obviously chose to study these things because they interest me, my love for travel and the outdoors feels like the most fulfilling way to spend my time. So here I am, living out my quest for adventure while also trying to do a little of that thing called “adulting.”
My story started in Pennsylvania in a town an hour north of Philadelphia, but my parents packed up and brought me out to Colorado before I could even walk. As a kid, I immersed myself in sports and spent most of my time with a hockey stick in my hands or shooting a basketball out in the backyard. I grew up with a passion for traveling and a love of the outdoors, and I was able to travel throughout the United States and into Canada and Mexico as well. I was involved in Boy Scouts and got to spend most weekends sharpening my survival skills and enjoying nature. A lot of my time was spent camping, hiking, boating, and mountain biking, and I earned my Eagle Scout award along the way.
I stayed in Colorado for college, where I studied integrative physiology (more than you’d ever want to know about cells and the human body) and added a business minor and a certificate in public health to appear well rounded… so far, it’s just looking like a lot of extra money and credit hours. I’m currently attending a master’s program to become a nurse and hope to gain experience in travel nursing after I graduate.
Late in my sophomore year, I was lucky enough to meet the girl of my dreams. Since then, we’ve spent nearly every day together adventuring and enjoying each other’s company, whether we’re rock climbing in Moab, paddle boarding around an island in Belize, or dragging ourselves through the Bolivian jungle.
Now, more than three years later, here we are exploring parts of South America and the U.S. We will be continuing our adventures as often as we can and will hopefully expand our travels across the world when we have more time to dedicate to exploration instead of studying.
We are incredibly stoked for the future travels ahead, and we hope that the stories we share will be helpful and informative while inspiring others to pack a bag and leave the comfort of their homes on a quest for adventure.