For years, friends have been telling me to write down my story. I haven’t felt like I’ve had much of a story but maybe I do. We all do. I’ve chosen the road less traveled. The road with rocks and holes and mud puddles. I’ve fallen down, gotten dirty, scratched up and hurt. I’ve always gotten back up and continued to laugh at myself the whole way through. Maybe my story isn’t much but it can be entertaining and I’ve learned so much about life and how to look at it from the journey I’ve chosen to be on.
My story is like all others – long. Usually, change in my life is inspired or driven by what I read. Books tend to have a heavy influence on manifesting my thought patterns into reality and action. This particular story starts back in 2005 when I was tired and feeling claustrophobic. I left my boyfriend, house and home to backpack into Victoria, B.C. on what I called a “Mecca” trip (inspired by The Alchemist). The result of which was for me to come home, pack up my Honda Civic with all my possessions and hit the road for New York City. But we’ll get to that later. This journey taught me a few things:
I’m not one to be tamed. I’m not one to bow down gently.
I’m a roamer who his learning to trust the journey.
Read on. Be inspired. Or uninspired. Laugh or criticize.
Think. Question. Embrace the life of an adventurer.
About Christine: I’m a 29 year old recently single girl originally from Seattle, Washington. I grew up in the woods and traveling and am somewhat of a roamer. I get antsy if I stay in one place too long. I love the outdoors and new adventures. I’m a curious soul. As you know, I’m planning to go to Honduras in a couple of weeks. Then, it’s a few US trips and I’ll be gearing up for a Southeast Asia trip for this summer. I’ll keep you posted on the Honduras developments. Just secured my backpack for the trip and have started getting the essentials together! Read Christine’s Blog here
Their story all began during the summer of 2005. While Nara was backpacking solo after almost a year of working in Dublin (Ireland), Tanya was traveling with her friend after spending a semester abroad in Torino (Italy).
They write at Off-Track Backpacking a blog dedicated to travel, adventure and fun! Women Travel caught up with them and asked them more…
Where and how did you meet?
We met randomly at a hostel in Lisbon, Portugal in 2005. Nara was backpacking solo and approached Tanya by asking her a random question. The rest was history!
nomadderwhere - is the name of lindsay clark’s blog – pretty cool name I think.
“I’m a recent graduate, an amateur traveler, and a nanny who lives in their parents’ basement…it can’t get much better than that. Oh, I certainly hope so, which is why I want to be the STA World Traveler Intern and transport the youth travel audience around the world via all forms of media. Why do I want to do this? Because education is everything.
Wanderlust and Lipstick is Beth Whitman’s travel blog and also the name of her book which is subtitled The Essential Guide for Women Travelling Solo.
Foreword Magazine (May/June, 2007)
Media images of vacations tend to depict happy couples hiking, swimming or biking with a scenic vista in the background. Some scenes sport children looking blissful or a rugged man tackling a mountain or hitting the ski slopes. Rarely are there images of women alone, navigating unfamiliar streets or eating solo at a sidewalk cafe. And that’s a shame, believes this author. More reviews of her book
Beth has heaps of tips for solo women travellers, and l blogs about her own travels around the world, often leading small groups. I notice she has led a recent trip to China with tea enthusiasts – one thing I never really got to do in China was the Tea Thing, I am sorry to have missed that.