“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is To Bend The Throttle?
Born from a myriad of escapades and misadventures, To Bend The Throttle is a collection of my knowledge gained over my numerous travels 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 not only inspire but 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. I am convinced 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.
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. I have been traveling my entire life, accompanying my parents when I was young and friends as I got older. In 2010, at 18 years old I made my first overseas travel by myself visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, followed by a month long excursion in the Middle East the following year. 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. I ultimately finalized the move to Europe in 2015 at 22 years old to complete my PhD in Biomedical Sciences and have been living in Venice, Italy ever since. It is here where I found my incessant desire to travel solo and the incredible importance of an active lifestyle.
I intend to write not just about my unconventional journeys but also extensively researched essays 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!). 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. 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!
Travel is a lifestyle, not just a luxury.
Places I've Explored