You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough. —Chinese fortune cookie
I left the United States for the first time when I was eighteen years old. My destination: The Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. My timeline: ten days with my father, sister, brother, and soon to be stepmother. Our objective: enjoy ourselves while being as un-touristy as possible. Two days in margarita-laden downtown Cancun were enough to urge us towards the smaller, more peaceful towns of Tulum, Merida, and Chichen Itza (though we still like margaritas). I fell in love with travel when I saw ancient Mayan ruins towering over the crystal clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico for the first time.
The poeticism and romance of traveling to foreign places has never left me. However, through my experiences living, traveling and working abroad, I’ve become sobered to some more concrete realities: gross economic inequality, human rights abuses, environmental degradation and the conflicting narratives of American exceptionalism at home and abroad. And I’ve struggled with guilt over my own privilege and passport.
Yet time and time again I get called back to traveling. Therefore my answer, I suppose, is this: to keep learning, keep traveling, and keep challenging myself to go further and never get too comfortable. On the way I am learning to let go of judgement and expectations, to be open and vulnerable, and to appreciate the joy of every moment in all its ephemeral beauty.
I guess you can say I’m hooked. Reading, researching, journaling, planning and praying for guidance are my most hobbies; exploring the world is my goal. As this blog develops, I will continue to update and organize it. Possible categories and themes you’ll find here include food, hospitality, conscious living, triumphs and failures, life lessons, and spirituality. This blog has been a living, breathing resource that’s changed as I’ve changed and grown as I’ve grown. I hope it continues to grow.
And I hope you’ll follow along. We’ve a long journey ahead, but there’s lots of time to explore our surroundings and get to know each other. Pull up a chair, brew some tea, and let’s talk about travel.