This is me.
And I REALLY love doing this.
I’m a 25 year old Pacific-northwest native who can’t bare to sit still. This trait has manifested itself into a conglomerate of crazy outdoor adventures and an obsession with travel. I’m not talking cruises with grandma and spring break getaways. I’m talking backpack slingin’ full blown immersion into every single country that will let me in, and even those that won’t. I want to see it all. I want to taste it and feel it.
And I want to write about it.
I’ve chosen to tackle the world of blogging in hopes to inspire folks, who might need a little guidance, to take on the adventure of traveling. I’m here to be your resource; or your sister; or even just your friend. Whatever you need, I’ve got your back. Maybe you don’t even want to travel or jump off cliffs, you just like a good story. I’m here for you too.
When I’m not frolicking around the globe, you can find me rafting down raging rivers, sleeping under the stars, pretending to be a photographer, reading Oprah’s book club recommendations and pinteresting vegan crockpot meals.
Q & A:
Why do you travel?
Because it’s my happiness- it’s what fulfills me and gives purpose. My ultimate goal in life is to actively pursue experiences that invite self-growth and the global community does just this. Travel feeds my soul and forces my mind to expand beyond the boundaries of national borders. And I think that’s important- now, more than ever, we need to band together as an entire human race. There’s so much to be learned from our diversity- I want to absorb every single ounce of it.
How do you afford to travel?
I make it a priority, above almost everything else. Some people save for houses, or cars or graduate degrees. I save for plane tickets.
I’m a believer that money should NEVER get in the way of your dreams, it just takes a little creativity and a lot of hard work. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t have a single thing holding me back and that’s just how I like it. A minimalist lifestyle, along with seasonal work, allows for me to save money and take off on a jet plane whenever I darn well please. It’s not always pretty, it’s rarely comfortable and it’s not for everybody. But I love it.
Will you ever settle down?
God, I hope not. I acknowledge that at some point in my life I will have real responsibilities like a house or a dog or children, but the essence of who I am thrives on wildness. I’m sure I will adjust the level and length of my adventures, but they will always be there.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to start traveling and being more adventurous, but is scared?
Well first, I’d like to extend my cyber arms and give them a big ol’ hug. I’ve been there and it’s tough. Next, I think it’s important to understand that you don’t have to go all in at once. Start out slow. Don’t quit your job, sell your stuff and buy a one-way ticket if you aren’t ready. Maybe go on vacation somewhere you’ve never heard of. Or sign-up for an outdoor activity class in your community. There is no right or wrong way to it.
What’s really helped me cope with this lifestyle is the idea that I’m in charge. If at any point I decide I don’t like it, I can quit. But for now, it scares me way more to wonder, “what if”, than it does to buy a plane ticket. This is your life, your one precious life, and if you don’t take charge someone else will.
Be sure to check out my personal blog: Chasing Carly