Ekua’s peregrine nature happens to go well with her love for finding and capturing beauty and humor in the unexpected. Her wanderlust was cultivated early, starting with her first big trip at age two which took her from California to England and Ghana to visit relatives and family friends. While she was in Ghana, the travel bug, in the form of a potentially malaria-ridden mosquito, bit her for the first time. It turns out that it was not spreading malaria, it was actually transmitting wanderlust. The bug has been following her around ever since.

In her childhood, she rapidly developed a passion for exploration and discovery whether in far-flung places or her own surroundings. This desire to gain firsthand knowledge carried over into each new stage of her life. It’s been 20-something years and 20-something countries since that first trip, and the pesky travel bug continues to bite her, constantly provoking her to travel and seek adventure. She can’t help it, she just can’t be stopped.

When she is not traveling or writing about it, she is working with high school youth in San Francisco, dancing up a storm at a concert or festival, or on a quest to find San Francisco’s tastiest international food.

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laurenquinn November 3, 2009 at 12:29 am

A malaria-ridden travel bug–how are we not best friends already?

So glad our virtual paths (aka: blogs) have passed. Love your writing!


Pam June 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Hi Ekua. Just found you via something you wrote for Matador awhile back. When I saw your first name I suspected you were from Ghana. Now I see you have family there. I spent a semester there in 2003. I am always happy to find people to share the Ghana connection. Cheers.


David Thompson June 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Hi Ekua – I’ve been running Dave’s Travel Corner for the past almost 14 years, http://www.davestravelcorner.com and I was wondering if you have some time to check my site out and if you like what you see, perhaps you could add a link back on your Traveler Links section. I have already added your site under my Resources >> Blogs of Travel section.

BTW, I’m off to Ghana later this month.

Thanks :)



Tanya June 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I’m lovin’ your blog! Glad I found it by mistake!


lindsey June 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm

hey:) i’m loving your blog, i had a few questions about traveling to south american and hoped that i might be able to talk to you. thank you lindsey


Ekua July 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hey there! If you have any questions about South America, you can send a message to the email address above. I traveled through Peru and Bolivia last year (mostly Bolivia) and also spent a month and a half volunteering in Brazil 4 years ago so I may be able to answer your questions on those countries!


Sunee August 5, 2010 at 6:53 am

Stumbled upon your blog via the Tripbase e-books and am loving it! Keep up the good work :)


Ekua August 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Thanks, Sunee!


jdv December 4, 2010 at 2:53 am

I hope I could visit Ghana too, anyway I hope you’ll find time to visit Philippines in the near future and experience our history and culture. :)


Nelson Issangya March 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Great blog! Thank you for sharing with the world.


Laura March 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

LOVE IT! Keep on rocking/traveling/writing chica!


Lauri April 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Hey Ekua!! I was just browsing Travel Bloggers Unite and I saw your smiling face and I thought “Hey, I know that girl!!” We met at the TravBuddy meetup in San Francisco a few years ago. I see that you have a very popular blog so I will be sure to follow you now! Hope all is well with you :)



Mandy April 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

I found Girl, Unstoppable by clicking on multiple links on many different blogs, and couldn’t stop reading your entries last night. Since I’m currently listening to a Magic System playlist, a group I discovered thanks to your blog, I thought I’d shoot a note your way to say Thank You: thank you for introducing me to Magic System and thank you for your beautifully-crafted posts. Both are much appreciated!

Smiles from Taiwan,


Ekua April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Thanks, Mandy! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading and listening :)


Seka May 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Hiya! I just found your blog twenty seconds ago, but that’s all it took for me to think you’re fantastic. I’ve just taken a six-month trip with my hubby (11 countries, both hemispheres, an insurmountably heavy backpack…) and totally aspire to continue, just like you have. Just getting ready to follow you on Twitter now!


Ekua May 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Thanks, Seka – glad you like it.


MAIA October 12, 2011 at 2:22 am

You are amazing and is so nice to find someone who is as obsessed about traveling as I am! Take care and looking forward to reading more about your adventures!


Ekua October 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Thanks, Maia!


Aveji October 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Love your blog! I haven’t traveled in a long time (three young kids at home) so it is nice to hear about the places I would love to be visiting, through another’s eyes! I used to travel and hope to again when kids are older. Bon voyage on your next adventure!


Ekua October 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Thanks, and hope you get to travel soon! I’ve met some cool people along my travels who were taking on the challenge of traveling with young kids with humor and grace.


tessa October 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Finding a good blog is like finding a great book! I can’t wait to read you!!

I found that same malaria-travel-bug in Sierra Leone 2 years ago! They must be all over Africa targeting American woman! lol



Saidy Lopez January 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Hola! I came across your blog through a friend*s blog and I love it. I am from NJ and I*m currently in Mexico for a month. I was staying with family in Mexico City. At the moment I am visiting San Miguel Allende. I would love to meet up with you for coffee or a photowalk. I am glad you are enjoying Mexico. I hope to hear from you. Saludos!


Ekua January 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, glad you like it! Unfortunately, I’m not in Mexico at the moment. Really unfortunate because I’d love to do another photowalk right about now. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time there!


Michi April 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Just stumbled upon your blog – it’s so great to have found you! A native Californian myself, I love the Golden State (especially the Bay Area), but I’m especially looking forward to catching up and reading about your travel experiences. I love finding new awesome blogs. :)


Ekua May 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Thanks, glad you found it! I have quite a bit of photos and stories to catch up from travels abroad, so I’ll definitely be focused on that for awhile!


Lauren May 1, 2012 at 5:15 am

hello Ekua,
I just stumbled across your blog courtesy of Michi! Say what, you in the Bay Area?! I was born and raised their and am currently living la vida España!
I return in August. If you’re still in San Francisco, it would be great to meet you.
Looking forward to reading more of your blog :)


Ekua May 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Thanks, Lauren. I’m not sure what I’ll be up to in August, but let me know when you’re heading back this way!


Cathrine July 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Hi Ekua,

Nice to meet you at the Travel Massive event in San Francisco last week!
Your blog is wonderful and I’m looking forward to read more!

Cathrine / Team Jetpac


Ekua July 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Great to meet you as well and hopefully we’ll meet again soon at another Travel Massive!


Anita September 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hi, I love the themes of both this blog and your California blog. Can I ask which themes you use?

Many thanks,


Ekua September 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Glad you like the designs. I use Thesis for both (with some customization) and I make my own headers. If you have anymore questions on this topic, please email me at the address listed above.


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