A young woman stays at Airbnbs in the southeastern U.S. while on her road trip across America.

This story was originally published on jessicamichellecastillo.com on May 17, 2018.

My first Airbnb on this road trip, and the first one after my ill-fated trip to Palm Desert last year, was with…


Tales from an Airbnb traveler.

This story was originally published on jessicamichellecastillo.com on May 16, 2018.

Before this current road trip, the last time I had stayed in an Airbnb was in April 2017. I was with my two friends Itzamme and Andres in Palm Desert, California, for the Coachella…


Campsite at the Big Meadows campground in Shenandoah National Park in April 2018.

A young woman faces a new loneliness in the cold, empty woods of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

This story was originally published on jessicamichellecastillo.com on May 7, 2018.

I thought I knew what loneliness was. I know some of its depths quite well, but I was not prepared for…


Some of my perspective on the riots and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

An image of the dome of the United States Capitol. Photo credit: Jessica M. Castillo, 2014.
An image of the dome of the United States Capitol. Photo credit: Jessica M. Castillo, 2014.

A week after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by an armed, angry mob and I am still in shock. I’m sure many of us are. This will sit with us for quite…


A young woman continues on her solo cross-country road trip across America, exploring sights through Old Florida, St. Augustine, Charleston and Roanoke.

This story was originally published on jessicamichellecastillo.com on May 6, 2018.

My first stop on this road trip was Tampa, where I visited with my two best friends…


A young woman continues on her solo cross-country road trip across America, reflecting on the first-leg of her journey — the Southeast.

This story was originally published on jessicamichellecastillo.com on May 5, 2018.

Hello from Washington, DC! It’s been two weeks since I started this cross-country adventure. I arrived here…


A young woman starts a six-month solo cross-country road trip across America, visiting 30 U.S. National Parks by the time she turns 30.

This story was originally published on jessicamichellecastillo.com on April 21, 2018.

In college, a friend of a friend went on a road trip from Washington, DC to…

Jessica M. Castillo

A writer from Miami living in Alexandria, VA. Lover of reading, writing, nature, photography, art, music, philosophy, science and almond croissants.

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