The Wanderlust Diaries | Part 1

I would love to take a deeper look into the hearts and minds of Americans and reveal just how much we need each other.


Would y'all agree that one of the best things about Heart is that it connects us to other women? Don't you just love that feeling you get when you look at someone and feel compassion and inspiration and connection just by reading a story? It's seriously the best.

And we're excited that the journal is back in action and bringing you stories from women who are out there getting after their dreams.

This is the first part in a series with Brianna Moore who's just embarked on a cross-country journey with her dog Quigley. They're going to be following the route of John Steinbeck in Travels with Charley, inspiring all of us with a serious case of wanderlust to journey toward our best selves.

How did you find Heart and why did you want to share your story with our readers?

I came across Heart through a handful of fellow female entrepreneurs, and I was so delighted to come across a publication that was not only empowering for women but whose focusing was on finding joy right where they were. I believe this is lacking, and am happy to see Heart filling that gap. With that in mind, I thought that this upcoming journey would resonate with your readers, and would be a great community to connect with on a deeper level.

Let's talk about the adventure...what's about to happen? Why are you going?

I am embarking on a three-month documentary road trip with my rescue dog, Quigley. This passion project will revisit the route and spirit of John Steinbeck’s beloved travelogue, Travels with Charley. Through imagery and essays, I will be comparing and contrasting his experience and observations with our contemporary America.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this trip?

What excites me so deeply about this expedition is that it embodies all of my passions: photography, literature, travel, sociology, & community engagement.  Our country is currently so focused on our differences. I would love to take a deeper look into the hearts and minds of Americans and reveal just how much we need each other.

What should we expect from you over the coming months?

While the final project will be chronicled in a book, I am also writing special pieces about additional aspects of the journey. For our readers at Heart, I will be sharing musings on The Joy of Missing Out (JOMO is the new FOMO), as well as the Yin & Yang of Life on the Road.

What do you want us to know looking forward?

I would love to engage with readers, both online AND on the road! If I'm passing through your area, please feel free to reach out!

I will be using my skills of photography and storytelling to apply my own unique take on the trip and view the classic writer's experiences through a contemporary lens. I am following the same route as Steinbeck, and have planned stops at national parks, historical spots, and sentimental roadside attractions, and will be gathering numerous interviews and stories with people and fellow creatives along the way.

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While there are plenty of explorers crisscrossing the nation and sharing their stories, few of them are women and even fewer are women doing it alone (or at least without other humans), as much of this trip will be. This journey demonstrates focus and cultivates a country-wide sense of community that all women struck with even the smallest ounce of wanderlust can admire. We hope you're as eager as we are to follow along with Briana and Quigly in the coming months.


Briana Moore

Briana is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle photographer & writer. When not behind the camera, you'll find her championing all things jovial and enlightening, including a fondness for wandering and deep connection to the Swedish Chef. 

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