About Marissa

Hi! Thank you so much for visiting my small slice of the Internet. My name is Marissa and as the name of the blog implies, this is my life.

In a Nutshell

I’m a Washington, D.C.-based consultant and strategist with a passion for travel and photography. I’ve built a travel lifestyle that maximizes the amount of travel I can accomplish within the boundaries of a full time job. I built Life As Marissa to give others a peek into this lifestyle and provide tips for how you can replicate it in your own life.

I’m a Midwesterner by upbringing, having lived in the U.S. states of Nebraska, Kansas, and Minnesota until I moved to D.C. in 2011. I have a thirst for travel that began with a four-month study abroad in Granada, Spain in 2008. After I returned from Spain and had begun my career, I made a pledge to take at least one international trip every year as long as I could afford it. With a lot of dedication and planning, I’ve since traveled around the world to places like France, Italy, Morocco, Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, and the Dominican Republic. In 2017 I have plans to travel to Jamaica and Mexico in addition to a full plate of U.S. travel. 

But to me, travel isn’t just about checking countries off a list. I travel because I am infinitely curious. It’s not just a clever tagline – it really is my approach to travel. I want to talk to people, understand a country’s or region’s history, taste the food, remember the scent in the air. I believe that the most enriching experiences in a person’s life come from traveling, and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon.

But travel isn’t my only passion. Photography is my other love. I get it from my mom. You’ll rarely see me without a camera in my hand – mobile phone or professional. I view the world through a photographer’s eyes, always looking for interesting angles or beautiful light. I think unique moments are meant to be captured, and I capture a lot of them!

I also love anything involving the outdoors – hiking, camping, exploring, you name it. I walk to work every day, rain or shine, because it gets me outside. I’ll hit the hiking trails around D.C. area and Shenandoah Valley when I can.  

Finally, I’ve been an avid sports fan my entire life. I bring elements of it into the blog, and sports tourism is something I’m very interested in. I love visiting college football stadiums and seeing each university’s unique traditions. Old baseball parks around the U.S. (becoming increasingly rare) are architectural treasures. And I dream of seeing a football, cricket, or rugby match overseas one day.  

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