This week’s guest post comes from EmbraceLifeTravel. She states I am not sure what it is about nature that has such a calming affect. Probably, there is a link between our human nature and the relationship with the earth. After all, we don’t truly need cell phones and computers to survive as a species; just to survive in today’s modern professions’.
My name is Marie, and I was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. I very recently relocated to New England and have been enjoying exploring my new home.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc.
I am currently a hobbiest with travel, though I am taking steps toward being able to travel on a more frequent basis. Part of the impetus for taking my new job was the extensive amount of vacation time they provide (5 weeks per year!).
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Saving, planning, and not having expensive tastes! I also have a good friend and traveling buddy who is very talented at seeking out interesting and safe accommodations on a budget. I also believe that traveling is very doable and affordable even on a tight budget if doing so is a priority in your life. “Make excuses or make it happen” is my motto. Travel does not have to be prohibitively expensive! But still, you must have a certain willingness and threshold to accept that some money must be parted with in order to make a trip happen.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
My favorite trip to date is when I visited Australia in 2000. This was not only a big trip in terms of distance and expense, this was the first time I had vacationed alone. I learned a lot about myself on that trip. For instance, I have a very low threshold for shared accommodations with strangers. The youth hostel life is not for me! I don’t need my lodging to be fancy, and I’m willing to share a bathroom down the hall, but I need a door I can close (unless I’m traveling with a friend). I really enjoyed that trip also because I had no agenda. I simply picked a destination each day and wandered around. I would explore during daylight hours and then go back to my room at night to read once it got dark. It was a very happy time.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I’m lucky in that I haven’t had a true travel horror story, though there is one trip that I do not recall fondly. As a graduation gift, my parents paid for me to attend a four week academic program at a university to learn about book publishing. I am grateful to them for this, and while the campus was beautiful, and the instruction was top notch, I learned very quickly that I was not among like-minded people. In fact, the trip was quite valuable to me in that I learned that I really did not have the temperament for the career in book publishing that I had planned for myself. I also learned that it is possible to feel very lonely despite being surrounded by people. The others were very cliquish and I didn’t quite fit in.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Sort of. I definitely have a short list of places I would like to visit, but I never feel that it’s imperative that I get there, because I like to be open to opportunities as they come. For right now, I am about to leave for a trip to Paris and Provence for ten days, so that is very exciting! I also would like to visit Italy (as I am of Italian heritage), Belize, and I would like to go snorkeling, though I am not picky as to where.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc.) do you always travel with?
1. My Kindle, which I love. I can charge it once and use it for weeks.
2. A scarf, because it’s such an easy way to change up an outfit or stretch my clothes options plus it’s very handy on a plane for extra warmth.
3. My favorite hoodie. It’s from Eddie Bauer, is lightweight, warm, a fun color (just the right shade of pink/purple), and is the perfect clothing item for travel. I wear onto the plane just about every time.
8. What makes you happy and why?
So many things about the travel experience make me happy, to where travel of any kind is now my happy place. I love wandering the airport before my flight, walking down the jet way to board the plane, and after years of having to lug my laptop with me every time I flew because of grad school, I absolutely luxuriate in being able to sit on a plane and blissfully read for fun. Even when I’m just flying home to Maryland for the weekend, I love getting on a plane.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging when I moved to New England about six months ago, partly as personal inspiration to take action and travel more, and partly as an outlet for all of the thoughts and experiences I have as a result of travel. I really feel that traveling is an important life experience and I feel the need to get that experience out into the world in my own small way.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I don’t just write about where I have gone and what I have seen; I write about the way that travel has impacted my life. Recently, I had an interesting conversation with my seatmate on a flight and felt inspired to write, not so much about our interaction, but about what that interaction taught me about my own life. Whether or not anyone else finds reading about it interesting, I find writing about it cathartic. Blogging about my travels is an exercise in creating a record that I was here in this life. I also don’t just write about travels to faraway places. I write about the importance of exploring the places that are most accessible, such as that nature center that’s a few miles away that you never have the time to get to, or what you can find on a day trip or on your evening walk. Travel doesn’t just have to involve getting on a plane or even spending money to be a valuable, rewarding experience.
From ESLT – thank you Marie for taking the time to answer our questions. I’d love to enjoy being on a plane as much as you do, although I must admit it is nice to switch off from the world and like you, just read. 5 weeks of holidays a year is amazing. Here’s to plenty of travel and adventure. Safe Travels 🙂
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