Hi, my name is Alix, from Boston.
“I keep remembering that anytime I’ve stepped in my own footprints again, I haven’t felt renewed. Though I’m susceptible to the pull to the known, I’m slightly more susceptible to surprise. Italy seems endlessly alluring to me, why not?”
Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun
It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough – to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.
An embarrassing bit about myself…
I am relentlessly curious, I trust everyone and live for new adventures, flying to far off places, being a stranger or outcast in another country or in trying something new. I enjoy feeling out-of-place and forced to interact or overcome my fears. I like being alone because alone doesn’t mean lonely to me. I love traveling like a local and I want to travel to understand the world.
I do not fear strangers. I thrive on meeting new people.
Hearing a strange story from someone I may not see again for years (or ever) puts me on the edge of my seat. I am fascinated with history and somber tales, I seek understanding and connection. I enjoy books on the brain’s plasticity, productivity, therapy and self-help, memoirs, travel books, and war stories. I am a terrible writer, an even worse story-teller, but I have come to value progress over perfection.
As a child, I remember journaling lists of 100 places I wanted to see before I die, and now, I am seeing that list get smaller and smaller.
…While also getting bigger. Because as we try push outside out comfort zones, trying new things, our world becomes bigger.
Join me in becoming a lifelong learner
You can spend your time reading books about the world, but you will see nothing. There is so much more to experience by actually living it, not just by reading it. Each person will have their own ideals for what breaking out of one’s comfort zone means to them.
For me, it means living curiously, wherever I am.
If that means eating rice and curry in Sri Lanka – sounds great. If means adapting to strange and unusual toilets in Asia – time to squat. If I can’t speak Burmese, let’s interact with children through Polaroid pictures. And if it means trying the national sport like Muay Thai in Thailand – give me some gloves!
I am not a luxury traveler. I’m also not a “survive on $15-dollars-a-day” traveler, but I like a good medium. It’s important for me to eat healthy and to be able to get around independently (Ahem..scooter please).
These are my priorities when traveling.
Get Uncomfortable for the Memories
The more I travel like a local, the greater opportunity I have to understand the culture and step out of my comfort zone. Usually the crazy moments like waking up at 4am for a honking stop-and-go 6-hr bus ride end up being the most memorable experiences.
These are the experiences I want. I don’t need to hire a driver or a taxi, I’ll take the bus. Thus, I will travel as locally as possible.
Oh, and I have ulcerative colitis. I was told I couldn’t travel because I was medication dependent for two ++ years (more on my post here). Now I am semi-vegetarian and am seeking a holistic lifestyle.
I am testing my body and am calling myself a backpacking health nut.
The trip will be exploring cities I’ve have never been to, revisiting the loved ones, and testing myself.
My Growth Tracker: why this blog?
This blog will be a hobby for me. A place for me to learn practice my HTML, dedicate time to understanding marketing techniques, website design, and most importantly, to keep writing. Through therapy I’ve seen the impact of reflective writing and progress in my quest to be forever learning.
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My instagram story is at @cruushlife
Now: June — back in Boston and writing about traveling and working for Audley Travel where I specialize in building tailor-made trips to Italy, Thailand and Indonesia. Always looking for a challenge and meeting a stranger, message me if you are in Boston. 🙂