Vanessa Jupe grew up in San Antonio, Texas and enjoyed exploring the variety of terrain the giant state has to offer, from the warm waters of the gulf coast to the caves of west Texas and the rolling hill country in between. Her passion for travel soon took her outside the borders of the USA. Always up for adventure, in the last 6 years she has backpacked across Europe, blogged professionally on safari in South Africa, and sampled wine in Australia's Yarra Valley. Vanessa can often be found in one of her favorite vacation spots, Puerto Rico, but currently resides in the urban jungle of New York City. Her interests include web design, writing, photography, hiking, learning, and, of course, travel!