ABOUT MY WANDERLUSTY LIFE
One day I declared, “I think I’ll start a blog?” OK, not much of a declaration because it did indeed end with a question mark. I knew I wanted to write, but what about? “I know! I can write about all of the places I travel to! What a fantastic idea; I bet that’s never been done before!” I am so brilliant.
So here is my contribution to the, yes, 1 gazillion travel blogs. MWL is based around the absolute dire need to travel the world but limited to a time budget.
Say what? I mean, when I started this blog I had a full-time job and only ten vacation days EACH YEAR. Pathetic, I know. But I liked my paycheck and my health insurance. I didn’t want to “sell everything I own and set off on a journey through Southeast Asia.” That’s not me. I want to travel the world, yes. But I enjoy coming home.
I didn’t have nearly as much time off as I would like but you know what? I made it work. In my first year of travel blogging alone I traveled to seven countries and 20 American states. I climbed mountains and scarred my friends for life in the Swiss Alps, rode a gondola in Venice’s Grand Canal, and chugged beer at Oktoberfest.
Traveling the world on a time budget? It can be done! MWL is my attempt to inspire you to travel more and erase the notion of “too little time” from your mindset.
In 2012 I quit my job with so-and-so big corporation, sold all my shit, and never looked back.
This is not one of those blogs. I have a full-time job, in a building that I drive to. I write freelanceingly. I own a house. And a canoe. I have cats and a memory foam mattress. Traveling the world is the train on my one track mind and I do what I can with what little time I have available. And I do a lot.
I like cheese. Like, a lot. My suitcase is always full of it when I return home. (Travel with me at your own risk.) I’m learning Mandarin and I find it to be the easiest language I’ve ever studied. Apparently that makes me a crazy person?
I’m proud to be from Memphis, Tennessee where I spent most of my life and now live in Boston, Massachusetts, this weird, really cold foreign land up near the Arctic Circle. People here talk funnier than I do and driving on the shoulder is legal? What is this place?
Some of my favorite travel experiences are:
- Visiting a Prague Beer Spa
- Ice Canyoning in Québec City, Canada
- Attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City
- Hiking the via ferrata between Mürren and Gimmelwald, Switzerland
- Snorkeling with wild dolphins and whales in Hawaii
- Snorkeling with turtles, sharks and rays Belize
- Attending Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Some of my least favorite travel experiences were:
- Flying Spirit Airlines
- Getting robbed in Italy
- Touring the Spaten Brewery in Munich, Germany (totally my fault, that one)
Want to know more? Like about the weird job I once had that involved frogs or which stud muffin celebrity I accidentally dissed? What I’m most afraid of in the whole wide world or my numero uno bucket list item/life goal? If so, you will want to read this post. You’ll be glad you did. Trust me, I’m an expert.
So that’s me in a nutshell. Man, I really need a picture of myself in a nutshell; that would be perfection. Thanks for reading!
WANNA BLOG LIKE ME?
Start here by joining my favorite blogging communities and most beneficial courses!
I’ve raved about TBS a gazillion times and I’m doing it again. If you want to start a travel blog or upgrade your existing one, a TBS membership is for you. They teach you errthing you need to know about travel blogging as a business, turning a profit, and the secret Facebook group is worth the membership price alone.
One of TBS’s side projects is Blogger to Bylines, a group focused on turning travel bloggers into freelance travel writers. I began making money as a freelancer immediately after joining this group. Again, the secret Facebook group and camaraderie is priceless.
The third TBS group I’m a member of–geared towards making the most out of your partnerships with brands and tourism boards written by the amazing Amanda Williams. Working with brands is one of my favorite aspects as a blogger and something I’m working to perfect.
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