Tag: confessions

A while back I came clean about my travel confessions, but there was one I missed off the list, and that’s my fear of flying. Despite hundreds of flights over the years I still can’t get through the plane doors without an attack of sweaty-palmed nervousness. But it’s not just flying, other phobias in my collection include motion sickness, boats, spiders and confined spaces. And a couple of weeks ago in Canada I had to do something which combined them in one horror-filled package – a seaplane flight. I spent days worrying about it but in the end the pilot was entirely capable, the sky was calm and the views were amazing.
I’ve been travelling for almost 20 years now – and blogging about it for the last few. So when I get occasional emails from new bloggers or people planning their next trip, I love helping out and sharing my advice and experiences. Travel is my passion and it’s great to be able to share it and encourage other people to see the world. But I can’t help feeling like a little bit of a fraud sometimes, because in some ways I’m a bit of a rubbish traveller.
Every so often, readers email me asking what compelled me to travel solo back in 2008. Then they wonder why I never stopped traveling. They ask: “Why were you willing to pack up your life and leave my friends and family behind?” Their curiosity leaps from the page. I hear the gentle upspeak at the end […]
Over the past several months, I have been quite pensive, and I keep harping on about this fact in each post. It has been inescapable; I mentioned it a few times, and glossed over it some, I tried not to overshare with you all … hoping, I guess, that I would just magically sort it […]
When I talk about the direction my life has taken over the years, and what I think about for my future, I find myself circling around the fact that the act of near constant travel these past four years has shifted my perspective on life in tangible and identifiable ways. It shifted who I am, […]
For those who have followed my story and my journey over the past nearly three years, a new chapter is starting! In October, my niece Ana and I will leave for Asia for six months of travel and homeschooling from the road. This is a pretty big change for both of us and this plan […]
I gathered all of those goodbyes in my mind, and they propelled me forward; I took my leave. Excitedly, with joy and fierce anticipation, and yes, a hint of sadness. You see Travel, I’ve received emails from other travelers “Wow, I could never travel solo and long-term, I’d miss my family too much.” I miss […]
I wrote this post two weeks ago as I was sitting on the airplane on my way to China and feel like it’s a great way to kick off the coming posts about my whirlwind travels through Beijing, Yangshou, and Shanghai. Groggy from the rude awakening blaring out of my alarm clock at 4:30am it […]
A routine forms when you hunker down in one place, when you pick a spot and decide “hey, I’m going to live here; not just travel through, but live here.” Is it safe to admit I thought the routine and normalcy would still elude me? Coming to Chiang Mai was the next leg in my […]
And so it is that I prep once again to leave the United States. My bags are slumped beside me, a crisply new book (Gun, Germs, and Steel) in my backpack waiting for my endless airport layovers and my anal-retentively neat morning checklist ready to see me on my way with all my power cords, […]

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