When I was a teenager, I started to dream of seeing the world up close. Nothing thrilled me more than the idea of walking toward strange horizons, immersing myself in foreign sights and sounds and smells. (Well, Leonardo DiCaprio might have thrilled me slightly more, but I quickly grew out of that.)
Nearly two decades later, my dreams have come true: I’ve lived and worked in two countries aside from my own and had the privilege to travel to and meet people from many more. I increasingly feel more at “home” in communities of similarly unmoored wanderers than in any one place. But although moving around so much has been exciting and fascinating, it also means that no matter where I am, I’m always a little bit homesick. That’s a fair price to pay, and I wouldn’t trade my meandering experience for a straighter path.
I recognize how incredibly lucky I am to have been able to wander voluntarily and safely.
It’s my belief that responsible, open-minded travel bridges lives and can enrich the perspective of both guest and host. I also think that you can be a wanderer even if you take very infrequent or short trips – that wandering is more of an attitude than a quota to be filled, and a more accessible pastime than it might seem.
“Transient Local” is both my current identity and my travel philosophy. I try to be unassuming and adaptable while traveling, the best way to absorb a place and feel a little like a local everywhere. By starting this blog*, I wanted to connect with other travelers, of both the active and armchair variety, and to enjoy a casual creative outlet. Check out my Instagram for my latest views, and feel free to get in touch!
By the way, I don’t usually go back to update these posts, so obviously information in them will become increasingly out-of-date…