Hey there! I’m fortunate enough to be spending this summer on a 10-country, 5-continent, 3-month “Snap Gap” trip around the world. How is that possible? Well…

The Concept:

What is a Snap Gap anyways?

Ah, gap years. A time of taking a year off between major life transitions in order to travel, presumably finding yourself as you find out about the world. This “Snap Gap” year is piling all of that meaningful self-discovery into the beautiful summer months. Maybe I’ll return with a confirmed vocation, or maybe I’ll just bring back a creative tan. Either way, I’m looking forward to it!

The Sponsors:


A firm believer that travel is some of the best education you can get, Student Universe strives to make travel affordable and possible for students and youth.

Away from home for three months, Homestay.com will place me in homes of all shapes and sizes over the summer, giving me a roof over my head and an automatic “in” with locals who know the city.

An app which is a godsend to any extroverted-introvert, Flypside connects me to other travelers (or locals) whose itineraries overlap with mine. The app also has a pulse on the events of each city, so I can branch out and find friends or ride out some cultural immersion solo.

The Blogger:


Hey! I’m Denae–a big haired, big hearted girl from the Pacific NorthLeft. I hold a special place in my heart for  artisan bread, Denmark, and long walks in the rain, and fully intend to spend my summer exploring the world through food, faith, and fashion–and of course any music that is created along the way.

Check how you can holla at your girl:

  • this blog (duh)
  • Insta: telos.tesla
  • Snapchat: studentuniverse
  • #DenaesSnapGap