4 Universal (Traveler) Truths

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a good passport must be in want of a blog.

Because the world needs another travel blog, right? Yeah, I get it the internet is saturated with personal blogs travel, fashion, photography, food, minimalism and the like. And I’m not here to re-invent the wheel, but I like to write and I love travel, photography, clothing, and food as much as the next person. So here I am. Putting my voice out there. Hoping to connect with others.

Let me tell you a little about myself and my travel experience.

When I was 22 I created a travel blog (wand3rlust.com – which now just points here), mostly to journal and keep up with my family while I was backpacking around Europe for two months withy my best friend. Little did I know it’d be so difficult at the time to find good access to internet, that’d be so slow, and that I’d rather be out exploring more than updating live from the road.

Truth #1: Maintaining a travel blog while traveling is incredibly difficult unless it’s just to share an insight or two.

I recommend keeping an actual journal while on the road. It helps you process your thoughts for the day. In hindsight that annoying guy who blocked your exit from the subway is going to be considerably less blog rant-worthy once you’ve had time to marvel in all the new things you saw, ate, discovered. Or in the very least, if you do want to rant about a mis-adventure, you can compile a list of top 10 most annoying things travelers deal with on the road.

Anyways, my old blog and I carried on for another 4 years through a move to Chicago and then a year and a half working as an Internet Cafe Manager on cruise ships. How do you get a job working on cruise ships? I’ll get more into that in a few days for you all, but in the mean time, feel free to ask some questions and I’ll be happy to give some pointers.

Truth #2: Once you’ve gotten a taste of the world, you will find yourself craving more out of your travels. Even if life takes you in other directions and you settle down. The desire to know more, see more, experience more and connect with others will never leave you completely.

After a year and half of non-stop, no weekends off, working on board cruise ships I got burned out. I was exhausted. I’d lost my grandfather (fuck cancer!) and my great-grandmother in less than 6 months and didn’t get to say goodbye in person to either. I was missing out on spending quality time with my niece and nephews. I just needed to slow down for a while and travel at a slower pace.

Truth #3: There’s no place like (moving back) home.

“I mean, I’m a millennial. That’s what we do,” – Barry Allen (Yes, I’m a superhero loving nerd.)

I’m so very grateful to have a family that supports my adventures. They always welcome me home with loving arms and offer me a place to rest my head if needed.  When I came home after working on ships I got offered a job going back to apartment management. I debated with myself for several days, but then decided I’d give it 2 years. Enough time to slow down, save some money and see my family on a regular basis.

Two years turned into an unplanned five years when student loan debt caught up with me. (Tip: If you’re from the U.S. keep up with your student loan payments friends. Don’t be like me.) But now that I’m out of that hole it’s such a relief to be debt free. In those three extra years I took several local day trips, a road trip to Denver, took the Amtrak train to San Francisco, went to my brother’s wedding in Vegas and I got to visit two good friends in Louisville. I might not have traveled quite so far and wide as I wanted, but I had some good experiences within that time, which lead to me ultimately moving to Louisville with friends where I am now.

Additionally I like to travel vicariously by reading books set in other countries, reading travelogue memoirs, watching movies and documentaries set in other locations and of course following other bloggers and vloggers on their travels. I’ll be sure to get some recommendations posted here in the weeks and months to come.

Truth #4: You can’t go home again. It never feels the same.

Even after settling down for five years, I found that staying in one place is not in my nature. Especially when that one place is 2 hours away from a major airport. Being close to a major airport is better for my mindset – which also makes it easier to plan trips, even if it’s only for a weekend. I’m living with friends in Louisville now, but the truth is, no matter where I am, no one place feels like home. Or rather no place I have found yet. There may be a way to re-create that feeling as I get older, I’m not sure, but for now the following quote from Miriam Adeney definitely applies.

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”

― Miriam Adeney

What are YOUR universal travel truths? Share them with me in the comments!

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