hello + welcome!

I’m so glad you’re here.

My name is Tess, and I am a twenty-something located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I’m a minimalist, fanny pack wearer, and adventurer.


I started this blog two years ago, when I moved to Denver, Colorado for college (hence the name tess goes west). I’ve had a lot of life changes since then, including moving over six times, changing majors three times, and transferring universities.

I love travel more than anything, and this is my number one priority right now. I am also incredibly passionate about human rights, social justice, and empowerment.

On this blog, you’ll find posts about fitness, travel, social justice, and college. I write about whatever is on my heart–and sometimes, it might be a little out of your comfort zone to read, but what’s life and growth and love without a little uncomfortability? I try to keep things pretty #real around here, so consider yourself warned!

Check out some of my links above to read more about me, find me on social media, or read some blog posts. I’d love to have you around!