Travel is my greatest teacher because it shares new perspectives- it opens up my eyes and exposes me to a World beyond what I know. Naturally, I want to share everything I learn with those around me. With the encouragement of the friends and family who heard them first- I am now sharing them here, publicly. The journals I kept during my travels are for myself, for memories, because when everyday is as exciting as the last it is difficult to recall every detail. I wrote as a means to capture and feel all these moments again. The entries coincide with the experiences I was capturing in pictures as well as the moments I couldn’t capture. Now I am sharing them with you.
is it pointless?
As I went through my journal entries and prepared each post- reading and tweaking my words for the internet, followed by hours culling through millions (not exaggerating) of pictures, then picking the select few I’d spend additional time editing… I realized no one really cares. No one cares what I ate, or who I met… these recaps of my days are for me. The stories and pictures won’t be life changing for you, not the way they are for me. And then I remembered how I got to the point to do it myself, I read someone’s book about her own journey- a journal published. When I finished her book I suddenly wanted to go to SE Asia, a place that never crossed my mind prior. Therefore, I will continue sharing my personal stories… It’s just going to take a little longer.
To my digital travel diaries because Instagram wasn’t enough. I’ve always enjoyed traveling and I absolutely love photography. I did everything I could to capture the moments as they were. Bear with me; most of the entries here were written in real time; I am now going back to make edits and verify names of locations- it’s hard to edit in past tense a post written in present tense. I apologize in advance for tense issues. Otherwise, enjoy my travel stories. (They’re in the drop-down menu). Click here to see all the places yet to come. && for a sneak peek of more pictures- you can visit my personal IG where they were leaked in the moment.
What’s the point?
Documenting as much as I could, most of the journals are heavily detailed everyday moments. Not always extraordinary but by re-visiting those details and observations I am able to piece together the greater change I experienced in hind-sight. I want these stories to reach people and inspire more people to travel solo. Or to just go outside and explore the world alone. I want them to grant permission, slash fear, and allow others to feel capable. It’s what I needed to begin living my dream. Anyone can do this! It took me time to build courage and do it myself. I was not able to just close the book and buy my one-way ticket. Still, without the book, I would not have had the audacity to move forward.
Still not convinced?
If you must.. go with a friend or join a group to get started! Regardless, I think in the end everyone should try a solo trip- it is different. The reason being solo is so important is because it allows for growth and moments of inner reflections- it presents opportunities you otherwise will miss with the comfort of people you know. If you do go with company- it may teach you a lot about them and in turn your relationship together. I wanted to challenge myself and learn more about me without the influence of those in my life- I needed to be solo.
Destinations Complete; Posts Pending
I have to write from memory for <2017> Paris, Nice, Monaco, Barcelona, Sitges; <2018> Prague, New Orleans, Germany and Iceland; <2019> SE Asia still pending- Indonesia and Singapore; American Rdtrip II, Canada… <2021> American Rdtrip Loop N with Moose, American Rdtrip NE with J. yikes!
Use the dropdown menu to find my entries under: American Roadtrip 2018 & Asia 2019.