The 30 Days of Indie Travel is definitely one project where I can’t do this handwritten blogging thing. And I’m not about to give up on the writing project yet, dammit! Although I did drop out of #NaBloPoMo. I don’t know what I was thinking.
PS I just bought a bunch of Sharpies and Prismacolor pens. It was delightful.
Prompt #12: MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS
Travelers meet dozens, if not hundreds, of new people on every trip. They may become friends, enemies, lovers, and resources; they may stay in your life forever or be forgotten the next day. Tell about a time you felt a powerful connection – for however long – to another person while traveling.
There are few people in the world I can’t get along with, especially in the blogging community. Everyone I’ve met has been exceptionally warm and welcoming, despite all the tension in the blogging world these days. But one of the best connections I’ve made is with Cailin O’Neil, someone I met less than two years ago but who has quickly become one of my best friends. She showed up at my doorstep in St. John’s one day and it was like we knew each other for years. Since then we’ve driven across Canada together, swung by NYC for TBEX 2010, and she’s cooked me many a meal at her house in Halifax. I miss her dearly!
Same goes for my Matador Network crew. We partied our faces off in Vancouver, and we’re all a little closer for it.
Prompt #13: HOME
For some people, no matter how much they love traveling, there’s always no place like home. Other travelers make their homes wherever they happen to be. Tell us about your home – where is it and why do you consider it your home?
Home will always be Newfoundland and Labrador for me; my heart will always be here, just maybe in different corners of the island. Bay d’Espoir is my true home, St. John’s is my current home, and Gros Morne is my future home.
Prompt #14: QUOTE
What’s your favorite quote about travel? Why does it stand out to you?
All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien
Because I like Tolkien. He’s rad.
Prompt #15: CITY
What is your favorite (or least favorite) city and what do you love (or hate) about it?
News flash: I love Montreal and want to live there. I want to eat bagels and smoked meat, drink beer, and party with beautiful men. I want to learn French and experience what it’s like to live within a vibrant, busy, ALIVE city. I’ve never know what it’s like to be anonymous.
Prompt #16: BAGGAGE
Mental baggage can weigh us down as much as physical baggage when we travel. How do you travel lightly – either emotionally or physically?
I drove across Canada with a giant suitcase, a duffle bag, a laptop backpack, a large purse, and several tote bags. Baggage. I have a lot of baggage.
Emotionally, I guess my jaunt around Nova Scotia after I was laid off from my job last year qualifies as travelling with baggage. It helped.
Prompt #17: PASSION
It’s easy to be passionate about travel, but does that passion permeate the rest of your life? Do you live and work with passion? Why or why not?
If my life and work weren’t infused with passion, I’d be as miserable as I was two years ago working in a cubicle. I still haven’t figured out what I want to do 100% for the rest of my life, but I’ll get there. I wonder if “professional beer drinker & traveller” is a real thing.
Prompt #18: BUDGET
Every traveler has a budget; for some it just might be higher or lower than for others What’s your style? What do you spend very little on and what are you always willing to pay more for?
I’m broke as shit, so the less money I spend, the better. I spend very little on accommodations, because I don’t need luxury and I have enough couches to crash on around the globe. When I do splurge, it’s on drinks, food, and the occasional excursion.
But I do enjoy being pampered every now and then. Especially poolside.