What exactly does it mean to be a "responsible adult"? As long as I can remember, people have always told me it looks something like this... Go to school. Get good grades. Get job. Pay dues in entry level job. Work way up ladder. Get married. Buy house. Have 2.5 children. Build picket fence. Paint fence white. Oh, and don't forget the dog!
I do understand the allure of that path, it is what I was raised on and I can see it's upsides. I have no problem with anyone who decides that that is what they want. No, my issue is with people who see that path as the only definition of a successful life. Worse than even that, are the people who belittle my choices because I chose to go a different way.
The more I travel, read, and consider my options for the future - the more my own opinion sways away from the so-called "normal" life. Why is a sedentary life so much more acceptable? And why is travel not part of the "real world"?
I am not really one for socializing with strangers. In fact, it's kind of the bane of my existence. It's not that I don't like them per say, it's just that I don't really want to talk to them. As you might imagine, this is not an ideal situation for a traveler.
Entering a room full of people I don't know, with the intention of starting a conversation is pretty much my worst nightmare. Maybe not my worst nightmare, but on the list of things I would rather not do ever - it's pretty much at the top.
Anyone, anywhere can be a writer if they approach it with the right perspective.
Travel should be about breaking down arbitrary divides, not creating them.
And I'm trying to realize a life where going home doesn't confuse just as much as it comforts.
Forget about trying to live in two places at once. Let go of the rope.
This is travels greatest gift: a constant lesson in accepting that everything is temporary, yet choosing to love fiercely all the same.
From Thailand, to Korea, to Taiwan - 2014 was an amazing year of great new experiences and many valuable lessons.
Keep using the word someday, and one day you'll wake up only to realize that you're out of time.
I loved you the first time I saw you.
You don't have to be a millionaire to make memories, and you don't have to cross an ocean to have an adventure.
Telling someone you believe in them takes such little effort, but can reap such extraordinary rewards.
From YOLO Yolanda to Lifer Luke... Who's who of the adventurous and often ridiculous world of expat dating!
After a year of jetsetting, my shoes are nigh unwearable. At the very least, I think they deserve a shout out...
I'll be heading home to visit in January.
Why I sometimes wish I wasn't.
If you never tell people what you want, there is a 100% chance you will never get it.
How travel helped me break free and conquer my fear...
All I want is everything. Is that so much?
Travel is not a cure-all for personal problems.
Spoiler Alert: It's not because they are nice.
There's no story. It's just... people, gestures, moments, bit's of rapture, fleeting emotions.
From the Taj Mahal in India to the Bamboo Forests of Japan! My ride or die list of must see travel destinations...
Sexual harassment is a problem for all. Not just women. Not just men. It is a problem for people.
Ma'am, step away from the nachos! Just put them down, and walk away slowly...