Stories in defense of the earth.
Exploring a great Rata tree in New Zealand  

Exploring a great Rata tree in New Zealand
 

THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION

Hi! I'm Jessica and I share thoughtful stories in defense of the earth. My travels are in service to something bigger—honoring the wildness of our beautiful home. The stories I share here give voice to the voiceless (trees!), inspire, and share universal truth. 

In 2012, I left my 9-5 job and got the idea to vagabond to over 40 countries and start this blog. It was epic. Sometimes it was hard. I saw and learned a lot and fell in love with our wild earth. After 15 months on the road, I returned to California where I'm continuing to process my journey and have begun a new life chapter.

This blog is the story of my journey along with discoveries and inspirations found along the way. I hope you'll join me.

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Vagabonding—n. (1) The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time. (2) A privately meaningful manner of travel that emphasizes creativity, adventure, awareness, simplicity, discovery, independence, realism, self-reliance, and the growth of the spirit. (3) A deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible.
— Rolf Potts, from Vagabonding

MORE ABOUT ME

I write, photograph and curate awesome stuff. Even though I'm now based in California, I still travel often. Today I direct social media strategy with the fastest growing PR agency in the U.S., Praytell, helping clients such as @TwitterVideo tell important stories and engage with our ever growing community. As a social media strategy director, I use images and words to tell a story, to solve a problem and to communicate something meaningful drawing from my expertise in communication in order to help build online communities. 

I'm also passionate about solving problems and inspiring change around environmental and human rights issues. Some of my favorite projects have been collaboratively launching innovative nonprofits such as Counterspill.org and The Tiziano Project, which both promote truth through storytelling using design along with new media. I once spoke at TEDx in China. I've also worked as an art director and producer on documentary films. I've lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, Italy, and Michigan (my home state) and traveled to over 40 countries on six continents (Antarctica, you continue to elude me).  

"If you love a place, you have a duty to protect it. And to love a place, you must know it first." This I believe. If travel has taught me anything, it's that I sure do love this vast world. If you're working on a project that uses creative communications and social media to protect our crazy home and grow a community and would like to collaborate, please connect. 

If you're press, a brand, or an organization that would like to work together, please note that my missjessrose.com Media Kit is available upon request. 

Point Reyes, Northern California.

Point Reyes, Northern California.

The best journeys answer questions that, in the beginning, you didn’t even think to ask.
— 180 Degrees South (documentary)
Wild & free

Wild & free

Whatever we are as individuals, we are first humans and have an obligation to a greater good. Only by dismissing the fear of being lost can we surrender to the chances of the unexpected. Our own personal world is not the center of the universe. Travel light. Take the time. Record everything, somehow. Ordinary processes retain the most beauty.
— Jessica Yurasek

PLACES I HAVE BEEN

ARGENTINA // AUSTRALIA // AUSTRIA // BELGIUM // BLACK ROCK CITY // BRAZIL // CANADA // CARIBBEAN // CHILE // CHINA // COLOMBIA // CROATIA // CZECH REPUBLIC // DENMARK // DOMINICAN REPUBLIC // ECUADOR // ENGLAND // FRANCE // GERMANY // HONG KONG // HUNGARY // ICELAND // INDIA // INDONESIA // IRELAND // ITALY //  MEXICO // MONACO // MYANMAR // NETHERLANDS // NEW ZEALAND // PERU // POLAND // QATAR // SCOTLAND // SLOVAKIA // SLOVENIA // SOUTH AFRICA // SOUTH KOREA // SPAIN // SWEDEN // SWITZERLAND // THAILAND // UNITED STATES


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They came to sit and dangle their feet off the edge of the world and after awhile they forgot everything but the good and true things they would do someday.
— Brian Andreas

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We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.
— Pico Iyer, from "Why We Travel"