Published on February 15th, 20157
So You Wanna Follow Your (TRAVEL) Dreams, Huh?
Well you’ve come to the right place.
But first (for those who’ve been around here for awhile) uh, notice anything different?
Yup, I decided to rearrange the TL furniture and spruce up the digital decor. I guess you could say I was a bit tired of those silly hats hanging off the “Lass”, and just felt a new shift in focus was in order around here.
The truth is, while I’ll likely keep Ecuador as my base of operations for awhile (happily, I now have permanent residency, so no more fiddling with visas every few months), changing the TL background (from Vietnamese rice paddies to colorful Latin textiles, to…?) whenever I jump continents takes a good bit of digital work. So a nice generic backdrop of passport visa stamps (after all, the universal badge of a wanderlust) serves well, no matter where I happen to next call “home”.
We’ve now gone through a couple of iterations of the “Tales of an expat teaching EFL in some g-forsaken…“, and the tagline just seems a bit too narrow. While I continue to dabble in (and love) teaching English in foreign lands, it’s really only a small part of my life as a perpetual wanderer.
Which brings us back to the title of this post…
The new tagline “Proof that you’re never too old to slap on a backpack and follow your dreams” truly covers what I (and this site) are all about. In short, I’m a dodderin’ lass who’s traveled wide and far most my adult life – ever solo, and happily on a shoe-string (after all, every penny saved inches me that much closer to yet another airline ticket, yes?) Furthermore – from the many emails I get from my fellow sisters (and brothers) “of a certain age” who silently yearn to likewise follow their own dreams of travel – my hope is that my tales of dodderin’ derring-do here will serve as inspiration (a real life role-model, if you will) that will prompt you to boldly blurt out:
Well heck, if she can do it – then *I* can do it!
Indeed, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to think that my crazy travel tales might inspire some other lass or lad (of any age) to follow their own brand of bliss, and just pop on a backpack and DO IT!
So if you’ve been dreaming of heading off to far-away places for a spell (or better yet, taking The Great Leap to expat bliss, like me), but feel a little shaky about skipping off on your own, and don’t know where to begin – trust that you’re most welcome here. Do post a comment, or ask a question in the FAQ, and I’ll try to help in any way I can. There’s truly nothing I like better than giving folks a nudge to turn their travel dreams into reality – one-step-at-a-time. After all, as I so (tiresomely it seems) like to perpetually point out:
This here ain’t no dress rehearsal, folks!
So get a move on, and start taking leastwise baby-steps to follow your dreams!