WHO’S THIS CHICK?
“Last week, Japanese scientists placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir Curt Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland’s local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its residents, and all those who seek a peaceful existence with our underwater ally.”
– The one and only, Napoleon Dynamite
Bet you’re wondering why I just quoted Napoleon Dynamite. Answer: because he’s awesome and I have the sense of humor of a child. If you are wondering who ND is, all I have to say is, SHAME! Sorry to say I wasn’t nicknamed after the Loch Ness monster…but I’ve been called “Nessie” my whole life by my friends and family. If you yell it down the street, I’m pretty sure I will be the only one who turns around yelling “Whaaaat?!” Because your travel companions are also your friends, family, supports, sources of entertainment, annoyances and everything in between, they get to know you pretty quickly, and therefore treat you like family. So, everyone calls me “Nessie,” “Ness,” “V,” “Nessa,”…you get the idea.
IT ALL STARTS WITH ONE MOMENT…
My journey began way back in Upstate New York in my hometown of Auburn, NY. To those of you who don’t know anything other than the Big Apple, no this isn’t a suburb of Brooklyn, but a smallish city about 7 hours north. For the last 5 years I worked in an outpatient mental health program (hey PROS peeps!) and loved everything about the job. I woke up one day with an itch that I couldn’t scratch. I felt restless and unsettled. I had an amazing job, great boyfriend, my own car and apartment and yet I felt at a loss. So I did what any normal person would do, I booked a two week vacation to Naples, Florida to visit my sister. On that mini-vacation I realized I loved everything about traveling. The shitty airplane food, the people watching, the turbulence and even the rush of the heat as you step out of the air-conditioned airport. I also realized I hated the moment when I had to go back to the airport to head home. A pit would sit in my stomach just knowing my latest adventure was coming to a close.
After several days with my beloved older sister and several glasses of wine we realized something- I have to get out of here! Fast forward 9 months and BOOM, Australia here I come!
SOME RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
I’m a very in-the-moment kind of girl. I see the beauty in all things. I have a huge heart. Gluten is the bane of my existence. I prefer dogs, but cats are cool too. My favorite color is purple. I like to secretly take pictures of my friends and family when they aren’t paying attention. I snort when I laugh. I find life-long friends wherever I go. I’m addicted to coffee, travel, researching traveling, the idea of going somewhere new and reading dirty romances. Kids crack me up. I crack my knuckles when I’m nervous and also laugh at myself daily.
My friends know me as a bubbly and outgoing woman who loves the outdoors, taking on challenges and seeking adrenaline rushes. I have also been known to have a wild night of reading on my couch for six hours until my wine is gone and my book is finished- I know, insanity! whether I’m hiking or Bungy jumping or getting groceries with my best friend, I tend to have a riot wherever I go.
SO WHY THE TRAVEL BLOG?
Fancy you should ask. I have been trying to capture all of my adventures here in Oz and New Zealand in my phone’s journal. Several people told me I should start a blog and my response is always the same, “Yeah maybe someday, but I honestly don’t even know how to write one.” Well, there I was on break from my extremely titilating warehouse job when an ad popped up on my iPhone screen. Now I am a firm believer in the law of attraction and the universe bringing me what I need when I need it. So I applied for this travel blogging job and as they tend to say- one thing just kinda led to another…
I hope that by sharing some of my adventures, I can inspire other people to get out of their comfort zones and travel to another country. The rewards are beyond words. The people you will meet and the places you will go will stay forever close to your heart. Here’s the thing, when you travel you run into other travelers as well. They have their own experiences and beliefs and ideas and you talk, drink, eat, laugh and befriend them. The bonds you create can never be found in the other relationships outside of your travel life because you are forever bound by the passion of the unknown and the curiosity to continue learning and exploring. It has been the best feeling in the world. By sharing some of the places I have gone with you, maybe you will decide that it’s time for some exploring of your own. I hope that whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go in your life, you do so with the eyes of a child and the heart of one as well. It’s truly impossible to stay close-minded and opinionated when you are exploring new cultures.
I have found that the best of adventures are the unplanned ones. The random path you take while traveling down the road you have gone a few times already. I love stumbling upon something great and having no idea where it came from, or how to get back. This happens to me quite often as I have a hopeless sense of direction and tend to be looking up at the trees, or down at the ants crossing the sidewalk instead of the buildings around me. Sometimes though, the best things are found while you are trying to find your way.