I am thirty-one year old with extreme wanderlust and a passion for traveling and seeing the world. I love learning about new cultures, trying new food and drinks, making new friends, going out of my comfort zone as often as possible, and experiencing all life has to offer. I recently quit my job, drove across The United States, and then headed to India for seven weeks and got certified to teach yoga while I was there. The World Wanderer recently turned five years old, but with new time to dedicate to the site and more travels on the horizon, the fun is just getting started.
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It all started when I was younger and my first-generation American parents pushed for me and my brother, Thomas, to appreciate, not only our roots, but the sacrifices our grandparents made for our family in coming to America.
We explored many places up and down the East Coast of The United States, including historical sites, such as Williamsburg, VA., Charleston, SC., and Salem, MA., and at young ages, we were able to gain an understanding of the country we were born in and the history that it was built upon.
After taking our first family trip overseas in November 2001, to visit family in Ireland, I knew that I wanted to see the rest of the world. So, I continued to take any chance I could to travel.
This got even easier after I graduated college and became a teacher. With the generous breaks teachers are given, I have been able to take advantage of them to travel. During my eight years of teaching, I was able to visit Mexico, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Ireland, Scotland, England, The Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Egypt and Chile.
Recently, I quit my teaching job to go after my dreams of seeing the world and pursue my passion of writing. After leaving teaching, I took a road trip across the USA and then spent seven weeks in India becoming a certified yoga instructor and volunteering.
Why I Travel
Having always been fascinated by the world and cultures other than my own, I always knew I wanted to see the world. I have always felt a deep connection with places I had never been and longed to explore them for myself.
To me, travel is the best form of education and one of the best ways to break down stereotypes and come to a common understanding. It’s helped me see just how alike we all are and as a teacher, I would always spread that message to my students. The world is much different than what I have seen portrayed on television and in the media, and I travel to show others what I’ve seen and share my view of the world through my experiences. As Maya Angelou said, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
I’ve barely scratched the surface, as I’ve only been to twenty-eight countries so far, some more than once, but I hope to one day visit each country. I want to meet as many people as I can, learn about every different culture, and understand the world through the experiences I have in other places.