I’ve been wanting to blog regularly for several years. I have many people tell me that I should be sharing stories from my job with the world. I have had so much fear surrounding my writing that I’ve started and stopped so.many.times. I’ve started this new journal because it’s a new year and I have a lot of exciting things to look forward to. I have a fresh passport with no stamps, no visas, and a whole lot of courage on my side.
Occasionally, people ask me where I got the travel bug and if it’s something I’ve always wanted to do or if I was inspired by someone or something. I’m sure that somewhere along the way, I realized that life is happening EVERYWHERE in so many different places and I don’t want to be stuck in my comfort zone. I’m afraid of everything and everyone but every time I do something new, I’m a little less scared of the unknown. I used to be terrified of the ocean and then I learned (or at least attempted to learn) how to surf. Now the ocean is one of my favorite things and I am not afraid of it at all! I used to be afraid of riding a bicycle in the city and then I got my own bike and I learned that it’s not so scary after all! I learned that nothing can make you feel closer to your city’s streets than pushing pedals through them. It is MY FAVORITE way to spend a summer day in Chicago. Maybe someday I’ll even get comfortable riding in the winter?
Most days, I don’t feel like I’ve been bitten by anything but the courage bug. And with that, came this insatiable desire to go out there and see what is next for me. I know there is a creative purpose somewhere inside of me, but I don’t think I’ll find it until I get out there and travel. Who knows? Maybe my Sagittarius nature is what gives me the desire to wander. Either way, I’m here because things are starting to happen and instead of talking about the places I want to go to, I’m actually going places this year. And that’s the kicker…getting my passport, my plane tickets, booking my hostels, planning my trip…all of these things have me inspired to inspire YOU.
It’s been three years since I’ve set foot outside of the USA. It’s been three years of a lot of growth and a lot of change. My last trips out of the country (Brazil in 2009 and Italy in 2008) were solely focused on one thing and that was getting drunk in every place I possibly could. I barely remember anything from those trips. I can’t begin to imagine how different this trip will be. When I get scared, I’m not gonna have a glass of wine to turn to. Nor will an ice cold beer be waiting at the end of a long, hot day of touring. But I’m gonna have more memories than I’ve ever had and I know that I can say, I’ll be happy to share them with you all.