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. 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, sorry mom and dad. Instead, I thrive on meeting new people. Hearing a strange life 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 read memoirs, travel books, and war stories. I am a terrible writer, an even worse story-teller, but I want to be better.
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.
Traveling slow and learning how to travel like a local
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 experiencing another culture means to them.
For me, I value quality of travel over quantity.
I also want to travel as locally as possible.
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 travel diary: why this blog?
This blog will be a hobby for me. A place for me to learn some HTML, uncover marketing techniques, website design, and most importantly, to keep writing. One of my weakest links in high school up was writing, so naturally I want to strengthen my weaknesses.
Since I began a few months ago, I have already spend hours ripping my hair out because I didn’t know how to do something.
Luckily, I’ve evolved quite a bit since then. And the best way to improve is to keep practicing, so here goes.
As for traveling, experience is the best way to learn.
Since I am now (semi) vegetarian, I will post about living and traveling health-consciously.
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My instagram story is at @cruushlife
Then: January -June — I left Boston in January to travel Asia. More importantly, to leave the long and cold winter. My goal was to travel slowly, meet locals, and not be the average backpacker.
Now: June — back in Boston and writing about traveling and working for Audley Travel where I specialize in building tailor-made trips to Thailand and Indonesia. Always looking for a challenge and meeting a stranger, message me if you are in Boston. 🙂