Tortoise on the Move

About Me

About Me

“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


Who I Am

My name is Courtney. I’m a born and raised South Floridian but traded in my flip flops for snow boots when I moved to Yale for my BA. I was a competitive swimmer for 16 years, and I still splash around on occasion. I’m an amateur photographer, country music enthusiast, dessert lover, and frequent flier on the Struggle Bus.

Why “Tortoise” on the Move

Tortoise was my mom’s nickname for me when I was a kid. Most kids (like my sister) got Peanut, Princess, Honey, etc. but I was bestowed the nickname Tortoise when she realized that moving with a sense of urgency was not high on my list of priorities. As fate would have it, the name stuck and now I’m using it to represent how I like to approach travel: I’m a self-proclaimed homebody, so I like to feel at home no matter where I am in the world.



How I Started Traveling

Long story short, I went into Yale as a pre-med with a 10-year life plan and graduated as an anthropologist who loved to travel. The summer after my freshman year, I signed up for Archaeological Theory and Practice in Istanbul, Turkey rather than applying for Intermediate Spanish in Spain like everyone else. I fell in love with the Turkish people, culture, and food, and was infected by the travel bug before I got home. While in school, I also took a summer course in Italy and earned a fellowship to study museums in Peru.

Where I’ve Been


  • Turkey (Istanbul, Fesleğen, Antalya, Side, Gazipaşa)
  • Italy (Siena, Florence, Rome, Pisa)
  • Peru (Lima, Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Cuzco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes)
  • Australia
    • Queensland (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Gold Coast)
    • New South Wales (Sydney, Newcastle, Jervis Bay, Batemans Bay)
    • Australian Capital Territory (Canberra, Gungahlin)
    • Victoria (Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park)
    • South Australia (Barossa Valley, Adelaide)
  • New Zealand (Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Waitomo, Hahei, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef, Greymouth, Kaikoura, Christchurch)
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Domestic (USA)

  • California (San Francisco, Davis, Yosemite National Park)
  • Colorado (Denver, US Air Force Academy)
  • Connecticut (New Haven, Guilford, Essex)
  • Florida (Davie, Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Tallahassee, Orlando, Gainesville, Tampa, Okeechobee, Jupiter, Fort Pierce, Dinner Island, Peanut Island, Jacksonville, Key West, Islamorada)
  • Georgia (Atlanta)
  • Illinois (Chester, Chicago, Evanston)
  • Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge, Foxborough)
  • Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • Missouri (St. Louis, Columbia)
  • Nevada (Las Vegas)
  • New York (NYC, Adirondacks, Pound Ridge)
  • North Carolina (Bryson City)
  • Ohio (Columbus)
  • Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Villanova, Pittsburgh)
  • South Carolina (Columbia)
  • Tennessee (Nashville, Gatlinburg, Ocoee River, French Broad River)
  • Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston)
  • Utah (Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon)
  • Washington DC
Fraser Island, QLD

Fraser Island, QLD

Where I Am Now

In June 2014, I moved to Canberra, Australia to become an au pair. After six months in the nation’s capital, I moved to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Since moving to Australia, I’ve traveled in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. I also took a two week whirlwind journey through New Zealand. I’m currently planning a two week road trip down Australia’s East Coast for June and three week Southeast Asian adventure for June and July.

Where I Want to Go (Only The Shortlist)

  • Thailand (coming June/July 2015)
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Uganda
  • Croatia
  • Brazil
Hahei, New Zealand

Hahei, New Zealand

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    February 27, 2015

    I like the new format for the site. The new ink was also pretty cool. See ya. Dad.

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    Ken L.
    June 16, 2015

    Sounds like you’re becoming an oenophile. I spent a hour or two last nite looking at down under wines. Maybe you should save up and try Penfolds & Lairds Wine. Both from the Barossa area . Both got 100 points in several wine publications. Both very $$$$$. See you next month.

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