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All Full Up: No More Space at WordPress.com

Hi loyal readers! I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I just wanted to let y’all know that I’m still here. However, it seems as though I’ve reached the point where I’m maxing out on the space allotted to free wordpress.com accounts. This means I must decide how to carry on moving forward.

I am currently researching options, but if you have any suggestions, please do let me know. Have any of you upgraded via wordpress.com? Or do you use a different host for your website?

As you know, this is a labor of love and not something I wish to monetize, so with that in mind, I’m definitely open to some cost-effective alternatives that don’t require too much tech knowledge to transfer or set up. Looking forward to hearing back from you!

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Run Away to a Foreign Country

There are times in your life when you just feel the need to run away and discover the world and how you it relates to your life. And, I suppose I’ve run for the past few years now, because I’ve certainly “seen the world, been to many places.” Along the way I’ve “made lots of friends, many different races,” but I still feel as though there is so much more to learn and the benefits of leaving home outweigh the discomforts of life on the road.

I’ve always been independent and had a willful spirit despite, perhaps, not being the most outspoken and attention-seeking person around. I’m also pretty happy being alone. I’m not someone who needs a ton of people around, and, in fact, crowds probably annoy me more than energize me. I prefer observing and listening to things going on around me and not contributing to the dialogue. I suppose I’m an introvert in that way.

But, over the years I’ve met couples who travel together and find the dynamics between them interesting fodder to contemplate. Traveling with a partner definitely tests the relationship and the people. You discover things you never really knew about the other person, even when you’ve spent oodles of time together before traveling. Backpacking can definitely make or break your relationship, and I think it’s a really good way to decide if your partner is capable of being your forever love or if he or she is more of a temporary friend.

I’ve also seen many relationships blossom between travelers. Of course, there are those fleeting one-night stands that, to be honest, seem to happen loads and loads. But, miraculously, there are couples who meet while traveling who somehow string together the days, weeks and months and survive the journey even when the end of the road is near.

Meeting a beau while making a run away from reality presents a dilemma for me, and I’m unsure how I’d react to it should it happen. On one hand, my goal is to see and experience new cultures and learn about people, which in turn will help me learn about myself. It’s a quest for understanding and knowledge that I think is best done, for the most part, solo. Without solitude, it’s difficult to really reflect on your thoughts and feelings. You don’t form your own opinions because you’re susceptible to those of others.

However, sharing an experience like this with another person can also be beneficial. Intimate dialogue between two like-minded people about self-discovery, life-goal setting and more can solidify your idea of self when you have a foreign experience together. Both people are out of their comfort zones of daily routine and can discuss the likenesses and differences between cultures and attitudes. This may lead to developing a new attitude for approaching life.

I suppose the true test will come if a similar situation presents itself to me, but until then, rest assured dear readers. This gal will continue living life and loving it . . . solo. I left home alone and will probably return alone . . . and I’m totally cool with that.

What do you think about traveling by yourself versus with a partner? Have you ever sustained a holiday romance after your vacation ended?

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Good Intentions and Unexpected Results

Traveling has taught me that most people around the world are good people. Whether it’s fellow travelers or interesting locals, most people care about you. Not everyone is out to kidnap and murder you Hostel-style.

But sometimes you get this weird feeling in your gut  that sets off alarm bells in your head. They might be small tingles of nervousness or flutters of unease, but they’re there. The experience you gain through travel helps you to distinguish what these feelings are and how you go ahead.

After leaving Auckland, I went to Melbourne and planned to stay at a friend’s house. The term friend should be taken lightly as this is what you call everyone you meet along your travels whether you truly know them or not. I was a bit apprehensive about it but convinced myself to push the boundaries of my comfort zone. After all, meeting people and experiencing how they live is what traveling is all about.

But after two days I decided to move to a hostel in the city. I just didn’t feel comfortable in the house or with the friends I had met there. In addition, many of the tours out of the city left extremely early and I couldn’t get to them from the suburbs without waking at an ungodly hour. And when it comes to sleep, I’m not one to give it up without a fight.

Even though I had a chance at an authentic Aussie experience, somehow it just didn’t suit me. In the end, it’s as simple as this: you have to do what’s right for you.

I’m sure someone else would have enjoyed the visit tremendously, but that someone just wasn’t me. Perhaps I’m a bit too country for the rock ‘n’ roll experience? Perhaps I’m a little too vanilla for Baskin-Robbins’ 31-flavors? In any case, it’s wise to be true to yourself and listen to those tingles and flutters because they’re there for a reason. Your body knows what’s good for it even if your mind doesn’t always want to acknowledge it.

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