For many of us, Anthony Bourdain wasn’t just a chef. He wasn’t just a guy with a TV show. He wasn’t just someone who liked to travel. He was a source of inspiration—an exemplary human being who taught us how to live fully, listen carefully, and appreciate completely.
In the wake of his death by suicide, many of us who lived vicariously through Bourdain are finding further motivation through his lasting quotes. Here are some of the ones that have given me hope in the last few days—may they uplift and inspire you to never stop dreaming, never stop traveling, and never stop listening. Continue reading →
Last weekend, I somehow found myself sucked into a world I didn’t know anything about. Thanks to YouTube, I stumbled across a microcosm of something that completely encapsulates the idea of wanderlust: van life. What is van life? Exactly what it sounds like. Also called the “van movement” in some corners of the internet, van life is when someone chooses to lead a more hippie lifestyle, opting to live in their van or bus so that they can travel at will. It’s an intriguing mixture of minimalism and social media connectivity. These vans are usually completely remodeled and converted into mobile homes to the liking of the individual, and honestly they put all those HGTV “tiny house” shows to shame. Continue reading →
Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 was full of excitement and adventure for me, and I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store. I’m not usually one for making resolutions, but this year I decided to settle on a traveling goal: at some point in the next few years, I want to see more of the USA, preferably via Amtrak.
While living in England, I became accustomed to train travel. I’d never thought about going by train anywhere in the states, however, until I read this post by Derek Low a few months ago. This sounds like the perfect road trip to me, and has definitely gone on my bucket list.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions and goals are, I hope they involve seeing more of the world. Happy Travels!
I am an American citizen. I am also a Dutch citizen. This means I get to pick and choose which passport I want to travel on, and when I want to identify either the Dutch or the Americans as a ‘they’, or as an ‘us’. Since I currently live in the UK, I often find myself talking about both the Dutch and Americans as ‘they’ these days. Today, however, I’ll be wearing my Dutch hat.
When I moved to the Netherlands seven years ago I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pretty confident that my status as a long-time TCK would help me to deal with whatever came my way. I am used to being immersed in new cultures (for better or for worse), and I am used to having to adapt and fit in quickly. What I definitely didn’t expect was that I would learn a thing or two from the Dutch about this process.
Just two weeks ago, I packed up all of my earthly possessions and moved lock, stock, and barrel halfway across the globe. Okay, no. I packed up two bags, two carry-ons, and sold or donated the rest. Airlines these days are not particularly on board with the whole “But I need more luggage, this is a FOREVER move!” concept.
When we talk about moving halfway across the globe, we always picture far off lands, exotic environments, and lots of adventure. Though this is true, in my case the adventure is coming home. I have spent the last few years living in Morocco, and now it was finally time to return to the exoticness that is Washington State.
Morocco—the very word breathes adventure and mystery. Desert landscapes, camel caravans, and towering mounds of spices. Each time I visit home, people have asked me if it is dangerous, if there is unrest all over the place, and “Is it in any way more liberal than Saudi Arabia?” (Practically anywhere is more liberal than Saudi Arabia.)
I have come to realize that there are a lot of misconceptions about this beautiful country, which is a pity given that it is such a wonderful place. Continue reading →