To Bend the Throttle
The classic expression, “Bending the Throttle”, used by WWII pilots means to fly (or drive) very fast. I couldn’t think of any better description for my site to inspire adventurers to take off into the sky.
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To Bend the Throttle was born from a myriad of escapades and misadventures. I aim to take all my knowledge which I gained over my numerous travels and put them all here, in one place, so fellow adventurers can avoid mistakes I’ve made, overcome obstacles I’ve encountered, and advance to the fun part of travel as seamlessly as possible!
I hope to make you laugh along the way with my quirky articles and with the particularly weird situations I’ve gotten myself into. It is my goal to make adventure travel easily accessible to everyone, where money, time, and activities are extremely important. Everyone can incorporate travel and adventure into their busy life!
Who am I?
I’m Alessandra, a Biochemist originally from Boston and an exuberant daredevil with a sharp sense of humor and a passion for exploration. I desire traveling the world and creating audacious experiences all the while pushing the boundary of Adventure Travel.
What sets me apart?
I intend to bring something a little different to the table of travel writing. I will compose essays not just about my unconventional journeys, but also extensively researched articles using data published in scientific journals ranging from psychological aspects of travel to physical preparation for tackling the hardest adventures (you can take the girl out of science, but you can’t take the science out of the girl!).
I hope To Bend the Throttle will inspire others to take the same steps I once did, and to go on as many crazy and unique adventures as humanly possible!
Want to know a little more about me?
February 20, 1992
My adventurous nature can be traced back to when I was child, where I am pretty sure I was the cause of my Father’s heart attack! In all seriousness, I have been traveling my entire life, accompanying family and friends.
First Trip Overseas Alone
June 14, 2010
In 2010, at 18 years old I made my first overseas travel by myself visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
First Long Tour
May 26, 2011
The following year, I took a month long excursion in the Middle East touring Israel and Egypt.
Moved Abroad #1
May 18, 2012
In 2012, I began living outside of the United States, where for the next two and a half years I called Valencia, Spain my home teaching Argentine Tango and for 6 months in Rome, Italy studying Italian Wine and Opera.
Moved Abroad #2
October 20, 2014
I finalized my Europe relocation at 22 years old to complete my PhD in Biomedical Sciences and have been living in Venice, Italy ever since. It’s here where I found my incessant desire to travel solo and the incredible importance of an active lifestyle.
January 14, 2018
As you read and enter into my experiences, you will realize how travel changed my life and made me a better person, one who I am proud to have become.