Welcome to Around the World Gurl!

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Thank you for joining me on my journey. If you haven’t checked out my About Page yet, you may want to read that before jumping in. As my first post, I thought that it would be helpful to give some insight into my passion for travel. So, without further ado, here is how and why ATWG began:

I remember it very clearly. There I was in the family room at my house listening to a sales pitch from a gentleman who, on more than one occasion, promised us that he was not pitching a pyramid scheme to my father, mother, and myself. But rather, he was showing us how we could have a better life, with very little hard work. The products he was selling escape me. But I do remember the exact question he asked directly to me: “If money were no option, what would you do?” Without hesitation, I answered him: “Travel the world.” I was very young then, so it always amazes me that that was my answer. I guess it was always meant to be.

I’m not sure where my passion for exploration came from. Our family usually went to the same place for vacation each year (Sanibel Island), and outside of the trips to family reunions in small towns, there’s really nothing that I can pinpoint that would be the cause of my fascination with traveling. I do recall looking at pictures of my father as a young soldier in Germany. But this passion was sparked long before that.

I may be going out on a limb here, but I believe that my passion for travel is innate. On second thought, it’s not my love for travel that’s innate, but rather it’s my hunger for new experiences that drives my passion for travel. As a child nothing ever stuck. I danced ballet, took African dance lessons, played piano, wrote music, played various sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, to name a few), “did” baton, and was a member of my high school’s step team. Years later, none of these activities are even remotely part of my everyday life. In fact, after years of playing basketball, I now hate even watching it on television.

Until very recently, I thought that maybe I was just a quitter. In some respects, I probably I am. But I now realize that, for the most part, I just enjoy the experience of new things: new ideas, new places, new cultures, new food. I am, in fact, a self-proclaimed experience junkie. Not jumping out of planes or eating cow dung. No, that’s a thrill junkie. Don’t get the two confused. I just enjoy experiencing the beautiful, different, awkward, smelly, sometimes scary things of life. In those experiences, I’ve found that I learn some pretty cool things, not just about a city or culture, but I learn about myself, my fears, insecurities, my courageous spirit. I get a glimpse of me. This is why ATWG was created, to give thoughtful and insightful commentary on my travel experiences.

I am not a jetsetter, although I would love to be. I do not have a career or financial portfolio that can support that kind of life. I simply, dream, plan, save, and make a number of compromises in order to support my “habit.” Then I share some of the things I’ve learned.

I hope you join me on the journey. Don’t forget to share with friends and to also signup to receive my posts by email. You can also join the conversation on the ATWG Twitter and Facebook pages. Just hit the follow and like buttons to the right. And also, I do believe that an angel gets her wings each time a comment is left on a post. So, don’t let angels go wingless! As always…

Happy Travels,

 

ATWG.

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