Jody Amable San Franscisco local and Dreams Abroad Author

Jody Amable

Act IV, Scene I. PROSPERO: The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest by William Shakespeare


Jody Amable doesn’t consider herself a traveler—she’s done some traveling, sure, but she’s certainly not as adventurous as others. But she did grow up with a dad who loved to see the United States… on a budget. Her summer vacations were dictated by the best flight deal he could find that year, so she’s seen a weird cross-section of North America spanning from New Orleans to Yellowstone, and Vancouver to Niagara Falls.

Though she isn’t exactly a globetrotter, Jody has had her life changed by experiences abroad. After her mom died in 2014, she found herself feeling unmoored and unsure of how to move forward, grasping around for something to give her life meaning. Travel does that, right? So she went through a period of booking trips on semi-whims, which took her to places as close as Los Angeles and as distant as the Arctic Circle.

Perhaps the most significant travel event in her life came at age 16, when she spent two weeks in Europe on a school trip. The trip started in London, setting off a lifelong obsession with the city. There was something about the vibe—the clash of old and new and a vibrancy in the air—that, for the next two decades, she never stopped thinking about. So after several one-after-the-other visits as an adult, and feeling stalled in her freelance career, she decided to go for her master’s at the University of the Arts London, affording her the opportunity to live in the city she’d loved since she and 20 other American teenagers touched down at Heathrow in 2003. She still thinks of London—particularly southeast London where she lived—as a second home.

Though she’s pretty content exploring her home turf of the San Francisco Bay Area these days, she does hope to one day travel to the snowy climes of Patagonia or Japan in the winter. When she’s not working as a freelance writer and editor, she volunteers with a senior dog rescue, runs an infrequently-updated Instagram account dedicated to museums, and bakes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. Seriously—ask anyone who’s ever had them.