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
- Touring the ATM Cave in Belize
- 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 in 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)
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!