Get to Know Me as I Turn Three

Disney hugs with Minnie Mouse!

Get to Know Me as I Turn Three

Today marks the day when I decided to write my first post for the world to see. It was more of an introductory post, explaining my purpose in writing, but it was the day that The World Wanderer was born.

It all began while I was getting my Masters of Education, when I made the decision to start blogging with my students for my thesis. Eventually, it grew into a blog of my own, and this site was originally a teaching tool to get my students excited about writing.

Graduation Day!

Since my students became interested in my blog, I decided to shut it down that December for an extended period of time, in order to lose their attention and refocus on what I wanted from my personal site. In May of 2011, The World Wanderer was reborn, and since then it has gone under several enhancements.

Still, I had no idea where this was heading, and the opportunities I’ve received and friends I have made on this journey have been unexpected, but are some of the best I have ever had. I am grateful for each and everyone of my readers and every person who supports my writing and this blog. Without your constant encouragement, whether you are family, friends, or someone I have yet to meet, I honestly appreciate every comment, like, and share.

For my third birthday, I thought it would be fun, to share a few facts about myself that you may not know. This way, as we begin our fourth year together, you know a little bit more about me, where I came from, and where I am heading.

Don’t forget to feel free to celebrate along with me – crack open a beer, indulge in some cake, saber a bottle of champagne! Today is a wonderful day, and I am so glad to have you on this journey with me. Cheers and love! xx Erin

Beers in Philly.

1. If I could change something about travel, it would be to add the ability to go back in time. I loved learning about history in school, but I would often get bored just reading about it, which is why I would love to go back and experience certain times in history. First stop for me would be colonial America, right before the revolution.

2. As much as I love good food, I am a bit of a fast food addict. McDonald’s quarter pounders with cheese and Wendy’s homestyle chicken sandwiches are weaknesses of mine. I cannot help it, especially on road trips and in airports, or if I’ve been drinking all night long.

Late night McDonald's in Scotland

3. In middle school, I used to practice target shooting at the rifle range with the boy scouts and earned two NRA medals. This was totally out of character for me, but I thought that learning how to shoot a gun was important, plus I liked hanging around with the boys.

4. I traveled all over the East Coast for concerts and festivals, but the most memorable experience was back in college for Phish’s last show. My friends and I drove all the way to Vermont, only to be told that they weren’t letting anymore cars in because it was too muddy. Instead of turning around or giving up, we parked our car on the side of the highway and walked over ten miles to the concert, carrying our tent and belongings for the three day festival.

Meg and I at Phish's last festival

5. Growing up, I could never make up my mind on a potential career. Some of my dreams ranged from astronaut to interior decorator and set designer to pediatrician and race car driver to actress. Honestly, to this day, I still have a hard time figuring out what I want to be.

6. By age sixteen, I had traveled to Disney World nineteen times. My mother was a bit obsessed with the theme park, and since my grandparents lived near by, we’d hop over for a day trip. I definitely believe that Disney fueled my desire to see the world.

Disney hugs with Minnie Mouse!

7. Disney played a pretty large part in my childhood, and my favorite animated movie will always be The Little Mermaid. I could always relate to Ariel’s desire to escape and see the world.

8. Growing up, I modeled in print ads and acted in commercials and short television segments, until I was ten years old.

Print Ad for Curad band-aids.

9. While I love all different cuisines and trying new food, if I could live on one cuisine for the rest of my life it would be Chinese food. It’s my one guilty pleasure to get when I travel, and I honestly don’t think I could ever get sick of it.

10. Even though I teach reading and writing, it’s often hard for me to find a book I can finish. I loved my college literature classes and fell in love with so many great writers that it’s hard for me to find a book I want to finish; I refuse to read just to read. Some of my favorite novels are The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner, and The Alchemist.

Reading in Amsterdam

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me, and I look forward to our coming years together. Thanks again for all your support and love.

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Comments (23)

  1. Carol Schenk

    Wow, I didn’t know about the child modeling, but I can sure see why you were following your amazing adventures…look forward to every post !!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, thanks, Carol! I’m so glad to have you follow along with me on my adventures! 🙂

  2. Eileen

    I’m glad there were no surprises!

  3. Harvey (H-Bomb's Worldwide Karaoke)

    Congrats on this milestone, Erin, and may the next three years bring great things for you and this website!

    I’m curious — how did Disney fuel your desire to see the world? And BTW, you’ve been to Disney World at least 19 times more than I have. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you, Harvey!

      You’ve never been to Disney?! You’ll have to go! I guess just realizing how big and diverse the world was. It’s a Small World was my favorite ride, and I loved watching each country. My Mom said I always loved the Asian and African rooms, which made sense because those were always the continents I dreamed of visiting the most. Also, Epcot’s Around the World area made me want to see the real thing with my own eyes. 🙂

  4. Sarah

    Just learned today how much Mc’donald’s changes the menu in other countries to cater to their palates. In France, they have large fancy tables with formal dining utensils and plates as well. Have you had any unique Mc’Donald’s meals in your travels?

    1. The World Wanderer

      Not really, at least not yet! But, I do want to go to McDonald’s in India! Their menu looks the most interesting. 🙂

  5. Britany

    OMG that picture of you in the “OUCH” ad… too cute! I’m so glad we had a chance to meet at TBEX this past year and that I could discover your awesome blog, having already experienced what an awesome gal you are in person! Also, SO EXCITED THAT YOU’RE DOING THE MONGOL RALLY! Happy third birthday to The World Wanderer and I can’t wait to continue to follow along with your amazing journey.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Britany! I am so glad we met too, and now that you’re back in NYC, we need to get together again soon. 🙂 I cannot wait for the Mongol Rally, you definitely inspired me! xx

  6. Olivia

    Congrats on three years! Big accomplishment, well done.

  7. Christopher

    I would love to travel back in time, at least for a short time. Teleportation would come in handy as well. Zip from place to place.

    1. Christopher

      Also, congratulations on this milestone and your future travels.

      1. The World Wanderer

        Thanks, Christopher! Yes, teleporting would be ideal. 🙂

  8. Karisa

    Happy Blogaversary! <3 That was a nice read-thanks for sharing a bit about yourself! I can totally relate to the 19 Disney trips-I used to go every year b/c my cousins lived practically next door. <3

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Karisa! Oh, glad you could relate to Disney – so funny!

  9. Lance | Trips By Lance

    Happy anniversary! I wish you much success moving forward, and hopefully our travel paths will cross soon.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you, Lance! I hope they do too.

  10. Nita

    Congratulations Erin! It was nice getting to you know better. Love the McDonald’s picture! Haha 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Nita! Haha, that was after a night of drinking in Edinburgh. 😉

  11. Amy Lynne Hayes

    Happy third birthday!! Congrats on the milestone! 🙂

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