I was nominated for another Liebster Award, this time by Rachael from Everywhere and Back.Her email came from out of the blue, so I’m genuinely happy that she chose my blog to spotlight and I’m honored to support her in return.
As I mentioned, I have been nominated before, so my participation will be limited to answering her set of awesome questions. There was no follow through from my group of nominees from the last time I did this, so just my answers will do this time. =)
If you had the time and money, where would your ultimate travel itinerary take you?
There’s a wide whole world to see, but you know what? The one ultimate trip I’ve always wanted to go on is an extended and in-depth road trip across the United States. I want to drive from state to state visiting big cities and small, one-road towns; see famous landmarks and camp in the great national parks; learn from locals and transplants alike, why they choose to live where they live. I want to see every nook and cranny of this GIANT-ASS country.
One item you can’t leave at home when you travel and why?
If I EVER went on a trip (let alone an errand on any ‘ol regular day) without a camera, I think I would die a little bit on the inside. Thank goodness for iPhones, right? Now you’re never without a way to snap a gorgeous sunset or video the first beautiful snowfall of the winter. You just never know when a great photo opportunity will pop up.
On my recent trip to Punta Gorda, Belize, I took pictures of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. I took so many photos that my friend, who had been living there for nearly 6 months, began taking more photos of her adopted town once I got there, and asked if I could share my photos with her. It seemed my fresh perspective and adoring eyes sparked some nostalgia in her as she would soon be completing her studies and returning to the US.
What is the inspiration behind your blog name?
I believe travel has the power to transform you. I think it’s more than just seeing the world and I think it’s so much more than a way to find yourself, as some may use travel to do. To me, it’s more than that. I spent many years homesick, then traumatised, then depressed, in denial, and feeling helpless. Several counselors, counseling groups, medication, and other various ways to “get better” failed. I finally made the decision to get out of the awful funk and help myself, so I moved from California to Massachusetts hoping that being home would help. But, it wasn’t actually being home that worked for me, it was the moving part. The actual travel that woke me up and made me feel a little bit like my old self again. I finally realized that my medicine, my therapy, my cure for what was slowly draining the life out of me was plain and simple travel.
Then I felt compelled to share the story of how I have been Transformed Thru Travel.
What is the last book you read?
The only books I completed in 2015 were all 50 Shades of Grey books. All FOUR of them. Sadly (but not surprisingly, really) they were the only books that could keep my attention. My brain was on overload in 2015, so not much reading went on in my spare time. Truthfully, I did enjoy the books, but I had a drastically different take on the story and thought about it at a much deeper level than most other people I talked to about it. I was far more interested in learning about Grey’s childhood trauma and how it contributed to his adult behavior and personality than all the sex.
What is your goal(s) for 2016?
My one big personal goal is to create a capsule wardrobe by downsizing what I own to just 50 high-quality, comfortable, and interchangeable items to start off. This is my first step to a more minimalistic and intentional lifestyle, and one big step towards my second goal, which is to move abroad. I don’t know if this is the year I will make the move, but I’m actively taking (very big and nervous) steps to do it!
What is your next travel destination?
My next confirmed trip is Irvine, California in March to attend my second Women In Travel Summit. I’m trying to decide what I’d like to do with some extra time after the conference – explore the L.A. area; road-trip up north to my beloved, temporary home, Humboldt County; or visit a friend in Phoenix, Arizona. What to do!?
What “non-tourist” activity do you try to do on trips?
I try my hardest not to eat at chain restaurants that can be found anywhere. I prefer mom and pop diners, fancy food trucks, simple food trucks, local breweries and pizza places — anywhere the locals say I should go and I won’t be able to get the food anywhere but there.
Other than traveling and blogging…what are some of your favorite activities?
I spend a lot of time with my Goddaughter covering everything with stickers, jumping on the couch, and knocking down block castles. I love trying out new recipes at home. I usually love reading, but well, you saw all of what I read in 2015…
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an architect, a baker, teacher, a weather forecaster, a seismologist, a novelist, a lottery winner, a hermit, a photographer. I still don’t have ONE thing I want to be. I just aspire to be good at whatever I end up doing.
Would you rather live in a tree house or a beach hut?
I’m a beach bum, I need to be near the ocean. I would rather hear waves roll in and gulls wail at the beach, over bugs and creaking branches in the forest. Then to be able to walk out the door into the sand every morning. Mmmm… I can just picture it. #goals
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Watching/rewatching teen dramas. Shows like Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, or Greek (one of my FAVES!). I seriously can’t get enough.