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Hi there, my name is Jessica Vanna, and I was born and raised in the state of Washington, in what I’d like to call: “The Melting Pot.” I created this blog in mid- 2014, to document my year abroad in Brazil. After my return home from Brazil, I felt an intense desire to live abroad, once again.

It was then that I decided that I would be spending yet another year abroad before returning to University, this time in Southeast Asia. Impossible, it seemed, to have another year of my life be as great as the one I lived in Brazil, but Southeast Asia was an exception.

At the moment, I am back at my Uni, finishing up my degree. But don’t bother wondering if I have stopped travelling, as I have hardly even gotten started! Much more is in store, so keep well-tuned!

Follow my adventures here at jessicavanna.com! Here’s to traveling, and never getting bored ~


27 Comments Add yours

  1. Donte Gellar says:

    Girlll your blog is so fabulous and you are GORGEOUS! We’s goin to miss ya when you leave-keep everyone posted!

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Aww thanks Donte! Love ya lots!

  2. Have a wonderful time in Brazil menina! I love this country!!!

  3. Welcome to the life of an expat. You will find things very different but keep in mind that’s one of the reasons you are there. What fun would it be if everything is the same as in the states. As a preparation for the buses, check out our post about public transportation in Chile. You will find this everywhere in South America. http://woolyandraeski.com/2014/06/01/a-long-humorous-lesson-about-public-transportation-in-chile/

    Oh, and thanks for following our blog. Through our photography and words we hope to inspire others to get out and see the world. And perhaps through those travels the world will become a smaller and less threatening place as we discover the many kindred spirits who share our own hopes and aspirations. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

    It’s never too early or late to follow your heart. Make time for the people, causes or work you truly care about.
    Cheers, Wooly and Raeski.

  4. i see a happy girl in this blog! take your time travelling the world!

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thanks so much for your comment! You have a great blog and keep up the great posts!

      1. you’re welcome, and your blogs, too…they’re great information…

  5. You are showing initiative and independence by going to volunteer in SEA. Future employers will probably look favorably on your decision. I spent 5 years in Saigon and those were the best years of my life. As for your friend, we each have to make our own decisions in life and be the people we truly are. Looking forward to following your blog.

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Hello there and thank you for your comment! Yes, a part of the reason why I chose specifically to go to the SEA region is because of the great deal of Western powers continuously venturing out to the region to seal a growing number of lucrative business deals. I happy for you that you had the time of your life in Saigon, and am sure that the time you spent there has given you many great opportunities! You have a fantastic blog that I look forward to reading more of.

      All the best,

  6. prewitt1970 says:

    Cheers, Jessica and I agree. To travel and never being bored 🙂

  7. Jessica

    I am loving your vibe! I love the bright colors and the un apologetic stance you have taken for loving life and living it to the fullest. Keep doing EXACTLY what you’re doing love, we need more people like you on this planet, esp in today’s times. Id like to contact you via Twitter are you on Twitter?


    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, it is very much appreciated!
      Unfortunately I do not have a twitter, but you may contact me at jessicavchann@gmail.com if you’d like!

      All the best,

  8. jeanw5 says:

    You’ve got what it takes, Jessica, to become the persona that you choose to become. If only I could have been as psychologically healthy at your age; what a difference it might have made in my life and in that of others. You are blessed, but your blessing comes with a powerful responsibility to stay whom you are, a beautiful soul.

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I will always try to stay true to myself, and will always accept the room that I do have for improvement. I wish you the best on your journey to enlightenment!

      Best regards,

  9. Jamie says:

    Hello Jessica, I’ve just nominated you for a Liebster Award.
    I look forward to your answers and have a lovely day(:


  10. stomperdad says:

    Traveling is awesome. I spent two weeks backpacking Costa Rica (beautiful country, by the way. If you get the chance to go, go). Born in Maryland I now live in Atlantic Canada. I love to travel, but don’t get the opportunity to very much. Or at least not yet. Happy travels to you!

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thanks for your comment! Happy blogging!


  11. Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for following The Goal List! Let me know if you want to do the Everyone Has a Story mini-interview. Have fun on your trip!

  12. Aww that’s so cool that you lived in Brazil and now SEA!! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 I am planning a few South East Asia travel posts so do visit again 🙂

  13. San Sel says:

    Nice to have you in SEA! Looking forward to welcome you in Cambodia some days. Good luck!

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thanks so much San!

      All the best,

  14. Jill's Scene says:

    Go you, Jessica, two days till SE Asia. It’ll be an amazing adventure!

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Yes, just 2 days until my departure! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I hope it will be an amazing adventure!


  15. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Jessica!

    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog award.

    More about this nomination is at


    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet nomination!!!

      All the best,

      1. petrel41 says:

        Well deserved:) Best wishes for you and your blog!

  16. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! Good luck on your travels and your time in Asia. That continent is on my list of places yet to visit. I will enjoy learning about it through your future posts, I am sure.

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