I can hardly believe that it has been four whole years since I started The World Wanderer. So much has changed, and yet it seems that much has stayed the same. I am far from the person I was when I once began this journey, and I am so glad to have documented four years of my travels, as well as the person I have become along the way. I didn’t start this blog to have so many people read it or to learn more about myself, but in four years, that’s exactly what has happened.
Through writing, I have been able to discover myself, work on my craft, meet incredible people, and have experiences that would never have been possible before. Over the past few years, I have definitely learned a lot about blogging, the travel industry, and life in general, but there are four lessons learned from blogging that stick out the most.
There are always adventures to be had, even at home.
While the first few years of The World Wanderer were dedicated solely to my worldly travels, in more recent years, I’ve realized the value in exploring my world at home. This lesson was especially useful when I was stuck at home this summer instead of wandering the globe, as my intention originally was. I realized that I’ve barely scratched the surface when it came to seeing America, and while I know that I want to see more of it as I grow older, it’s important to use the time I have here to take advantage of what’s right in front of me. One way that I’ve been able to do this is by hiking the high points, but I’ve also been signing up for activities that are happening close to home. All of this has made my life at home that much better and taught me that I don’t have to go far to discover something new about the world and myself.
It’s not about making money.
My intention in starting The World Wanderer was never to make money or get free travel. Sure, the job has some perks, but I started writing because of my pure love of travel and my passion for expressing myself through words. While this may not be the intentions of everyone, after four years, I know that I will never make a significant amount of money off of my blog, at least not in the traditional sense. The ways to make money: selling links, advertisements, or sponsored posts, don’t fit the person I am, or what The World Wanderer stands for. One day, I hope to compile my stories into a book, but for now, when I write, it’s for my audience, not because I’m getting something for free. In that way, I stay true to myself and only take opportunities when they match the my travel goals and who I am, as well as the people I am writing for.
It’s all about story telling.
To me, this site is all about story telling. I want to share my experiences with my readers in the hope of inspiring them to one day travel, or at least see the world in a different way. Every single person lives their life differently, and what I see and experience may not always be something my readers want to do, and that’s okay, they can live vicariously through me. Even if someone doesn’t want to travel, my hope is that in sharing my stories and the world through my eyes, I’ll be able to show others what a magical place the world can be.
Life is beautiful.
Life is one big playground, but so many of us forget that when we grow up and start working. Life is meant to be fun, and we are meant to pursue our passions. It may not be easy or inexpensive, but trust me, if you find a way to make your soul happy each and every day, life will be that much better. Try the things you’ve always wanted to, push yourself to do your best, challenge yourself, and live the life you’ve always imagined. It’s okay if we don’t have all the pieces together, but there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to find something we are passionate about and infuse it into our lives as often as possible. Finding a way to infuse my passion in each day has enhanced my life, and taken it from ordinary to extraordinary.
As always, thank you for following me. Thank you for reading my stories. Thank you for being a part of my daily life. We may not know each other in person, at least not yet, but I am so grateful and glad that we are connected on some level. I promise to keep sharing my life with you. You all inspire me to live life to the fullest and be the very best I can be each and every day.