Life Within My Lens

Travel …and sustainability

Hi, I’m Kaitlin. This blog began as a place for me to share my travel photos and journals after I ditched my 9-5 and bought a 1 way ticket to see the World solo; I had BIG plans to go everywhere… and I went pretty far- I’ve been to all 50 states and 22 countries!

I thought solo travel would be similar to vacations with friends and family… just without them. Without any expectations beyond that, I was shocked by the change it would manifest in me. I didn’t know by exploring the World I would inevitably be exploring myself; figuring out who I was. The plan was not to embark on my own Eat, Pray, Love story. I knew it happened to other people but I guess I underestimated the true power of travel. The power of the universe.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain

This will continue to be a blog about travel…

as well as how to better love Earth.
It’s a place to encompass a true sense of humanKIND.

Life Within My Lens is a place to share my perspectives and insights gained from travel (and life thereafter). It focuses specifically on my commitment to a more sustainable life and my lost love of the outdoors! Traveling solo made me more aware of my surroundings, it also made me more aware of myself. It showed me that my everyday choices are far reaching; affecting the lives of people all over the World. I’m really just beginning to change my ways. It’s a lifestyle. If you’re interested in learning more about my sustainability journey- click here. Or click here to find out how travel ignited my inner hippie. For more posts on ‘becoming sustainable’ click on the drop down menu at the top of this page.

A long standing hobby in my life is photography. I’ve been training my ‘eye’ since I was 10. The way I see something can be completely different than someone else who is standing right beside me. I try to capture the feeling a place gives me by changing my angles and perspectives. Travel helps train my mind in a similar sense. I gain new perspectives from other cultures, locals, experiences, situations, places… It’s really opened my mind and my heart, it taught me a lot about compassion and life in general by seeing it lived in so many various ways beyond my own. It also reminded me how the World is truly connected.

Let my perspectives be a new lens for you

Travel is my greatest teacher
it provides new perspectives
it opens up my eyes and exposes me to a World beyond what I know;
giving me perspectives and insights my own experience and conditioning lacks.

If you are more interested in embarking on your own solo travel adventure, click here for a boost of encouragement. This might just be a few solo weekends away from society- in nature, disconnected; OR it could mean quitting your job and buying a 1 way ticket to somewhere on the opposite side of the globe. You can dip your feet in, or dive RIGHT in. I did a little of both… I dipped my feet in until I was ready to dive! To read more about what lead up to me making that leap click here.

Even with wet feet, I never could have anticipated what it would be like to take the full plunge. I am a huge planner; I like to have control over my day and this required me to let that go. No one can ever fully predict the outcome of any plan, we just don’t have as much control as we think. Plans get you started and guide you to the goal but can’t be so attached that we lose out on the spontaneity of life.

To be free, you must conquer your fears.

solo travel- a photo of me in White Sands National Monument in 2018.