About Me

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, but later moved to Austin to study Elementary Education at the University of Texas (Hook ‘Em Horns!) My cousin and I had the privilege of backpacking around Europe in the summer of 2011 after we had graduated from college. It was my second time in Europe, but for the first time my eyes were opened to the lifestyle of travel, and the idea of living abroad became a possibility in my mind. From the moment I stepped foot back in the States, I knew I needed to find a way back, and this time for longer than a few weeks.

Germany was on my heart. My mom’s side of the family is German and I already had a conversational knowledge of the language. Not to mention, I loved traveling through Germany. I knew I wanted to work with kids, so I signed up for an Au Pair network and found a wonderful family. On January 2, 2013, I became the Au Pair for a sweet family with 2 little boys in Aschau im Chiemgau, Germany, a town in the Bavarian Alps. About halfway through my year as an Au Pair, I knew that I wanted to stay in Germany longer, so I started searching for jobs. In February of 2014, I moved into Munich and started my career as a teacher in a bilingual private school… and that’s where I am now! Living in Munich, teaching, and enjoying the adventure of life as an expatriate in Germany.

Why One Road Traveler, you ask? If you’re traveling, aren’t there many roads you can take? I am a follower of Jesus and I believe that while there are many paths in life we can choose to take, there is only one road that will lead you to life eternally. Matthew 7:13-14 says:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 

My prayer for my life is that I will follow this road, while exploring and experiencing the beautiful world our God created, hence, the One Road Traveler.

I hope you enjoy following my adventures as well as my every day life in Germany. Feel free to comment or contact me via email/twitter/facebook/instagram/skype (can you tell I love social media?) if you have any questions.

Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.                          -unknown

3 responses to “About Me

  1. Love the name and know you will always be on the right path. You are God’s greatest angel on earth and he will guide you (or in some cases, pick you up and carry you). I love you Hailz and will miss you ooooodles!

  2. You are only 30 miles away from me and two others! Were all Americans searching for more american friends! Looks like there are four of us all within the same 30 mile route. How awesome! Hope your travels went well.

  3. Hi! I’m looking into Au Pairing in Germany, and I happened to stumble upon your blog! I love it! 🙂 I would love to ask you a few questions about being an au pair, but I couldn’t seem to find your email address anywhere. If you could shoot me an email or let me know what yours is that would be wonderful! My email address is: rebeccasurles@gmail.com. Thanks! 🙂

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