~ flower fields are my jammmmmm mannnnnnnnn ~

Hello lovely people! I’m Kelsey, and I like to write. And hike. And take pictures. And lots of other things, which you will learn if you read my blog (~ shameless plug ~).

Okay so. I’ve always been into the whole blogging thing (Just another excuse to talk about myself?? Hmmmm), and had a blog on and off for many years (started in 2009!!) that started out as a fashion blog where I would force my brother/dad/mom/friend/tripod/bf/invisible friend to take photos of my outfits. After a while, I realized I wanted to talk about travel and life more than I wanted to post my outfits, and thus, Sights Better Seen was born!

Here’s some vibes for ya: travel (specifically budget); nature & some outdoorsiness; general life stuff; creativity; smiles; health & wellness; conservation; environmentally friendliness; more smiles. Read on if you’re diggin’ it!


+ I grew up in San Jose, California, but migrated to southern California and later Davis, CA for college. Currently back in the (very expensive) Bay Area.

+ In college I started out with a major in fashion merchandising…and ended up graduating with half a design major, an actual major in psychology, and a minor in wildlife, fish, and conservation biology (which is more related to what I do now). And now I’m starting this blog to attempt to combine some of those interests, along with my passion for travel. So for all you kids out there that want to do #allthethings, it can be done!

+ Solo traveled for the first time (!!!) in summer of 2016 and it was awesome and nerve-racking and amazing and free and stressful and beautiful – all the things you imagine solo travel (and travel in general) to be.

+ I was in the conservation corps for three months last year in Arizona and it was also awesome and nerve-racking and challenging and amazing.

+ Now, I work at a nonprofit that focuses on the conservation and education of birds. Through this blog, I hope to teach you easy ways to be more environmentally conscious and that it can actually be FUN, I swear!


+ In college I did a summer study abroad program in England and Scotland for 1 month, then met up with my friends and in 1 month (would NOT recommend!!) went to: Barcelona; Prague; Berlin; Amsterdam; London; Paris; Florence; and Rome. It took me (and my poor feet, as I insisted on wearing new boots that hadn’t been broken in yet in the name of #fashion) quite a while to recover…But also birthed my extreme passion for travel and I vowed to be back one day (unlike my friends, who vowed never to strap on their backpacks again…).

+ Last summer, I spent about 2 months traveling. I started out with Birthright in Israel (a post about my thoughts on Israel & Birthright coming soon), and then stayed an extra week in Israel to explore a little more; then went to Greece, Ireland, and Belgium. This style of traveling was MUCH slower and my feet and I were a lot happier.

+ I’ve lived in California pretty much my entire life (save for the 3 month stint in the conservation corps) and so I’ve traveled around the area pretty extensively! I also just got back from a 2 week road trip to Oregon, and backpacking in Emigrant Wilderness where I got eaten alive by mosquitoes!

+ Currently attempting to explore all that I can in California (and other nearby states) on the weekends!

I hope you enjoy reading about my (mis)adventures and it inspires you to embark upon your own!