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“I’m in love with this planet, I’m in love with life, and my gift is expression. I share my time, my experiences, and my travels openly and lovingly with all of you.”

Elaine Mercedes Mendoza

About Elaine

My name is Elaine Mercedes Mendoza and I’ve been traveling the world since I was six years old-as a first generation American.   I am Venezuelan born but raised in the Washington D.C. metro area.  From that moment I first stepped into the USA, I developed life long skills in compassion, curiosity, a thirst for the unknown and understanding different cultures.

This website will hopefully inspire you to live YOUR best life-whatever that means for you.  I am living proof that I did not win the lottery but I am still traveling the world and writing about it.  Hopefully, I will convince you that you do not have to just be a reader.  Go out there! See the world!  I’m not saying quit your job and become a travel writer.  I’m just saying, you can travel no matter what your circumstances are. Read more…

Latest Blogs

So You Want to Be a Nomad?

I have been asked a lot of questions this past year on how I went from being an “ordinary” person to living a nomadic life.  It is a great question and people are genuinely interested.  It did not happen over night.  As a matter of fact—I was always nomadic but... read more

Five Best Facts of Single Life

  I’m a silly person and if you know me—you know I can find humor in just about everything. I do not make much of an effort to date anymore–at least not on purpose. Why would anyone date on purpose?  I am sorry but I find that to be some type of... read more

Single After 40. A Viable Option.

I always laugh when my friends try to introduce me to someone.  More likely than not I will reject the offer.  No one tells you when you are a little girl that you have other options besides the norm.  We are taught that if you are over 30 and single that your... read more

Liebster Award Winner!

I am very excited to tell you this news today.  Well, it is a thrill for me to receive an award after working so hard on www.FinallyElaine.com.  Blogging takes discipline, work, and lots of love and dedication.  Now, my first award! Thanks so much, Our Wanders for the... read more

Ten Reminders Your Ex Deserves the X

I get questions on almost a daily basis on the EX files. We have ALL been there. What do we do? Can we be friends? Do I practice no contact? Can we get them back? There are exceptions to every rule but if you are reading this—these are my GO TO personal rules... read more

Meditate The Vote

 “In a democracy people get the government they deserve.”—Joseph Maistre We have all heard the above quote before at some point in our lives.  If we read it carefully, we CHOOSE the government we THINK we deserve. This means that change starts with... read more


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