Posts tagged Inspiration

The First Bite of Winter Depression Blues

What is this feeling I get in winter, and why am I feeling it? Some call it the winter blues – this seasonal depression that descends upon everyone when the cold grips us by the neck to steal our warmth and make our bones ache. I don’t think that’s quite it. At least for myself. I know that it’s not just winter that brings me down… I have a feeling that it has to do with where I am right now. I don’t get these winter blues everywhere. Just when… Read More

Battling Hundreds of Emotions When You First Start Traveling

Excitement. Fear. Elation. Anxiety. Euphoria. Hesitation. There are many words that can be used to describe the millions of emotions one experiences when traveling abroad for the first time, and when I first stepped foot into New Zealand — my first country ever, I experienced all of these and more.I’ve already stated that stepping onto my Air New Zealand plane and flying to the other side of the world was the scariest moment of my life (not because of the Richard Simmons intro they have), but stepping off the plane… Read More

Life Lessons Learned By Almost Dying

[dropcap]BAM![/dropcap] Dead. It happened that quick. Well, at least it can happen that quick. Today I was nearly run over by a car. Had I been riding my bike just a little faster and had I not braked last minute, I could have been roadkill. After my heart stopped racing and I regained my composure, I began to think about what that meant. And it seems like I’ve learned some life lessons by almost dying today. I’m guilty of getting caught up in the everyday grind of things when not backpacking… Read More

Best Travel Blog Articles of the Week – May 4th-10th

Welcome to your weekly travel digest. Just like a young chap in the early 1900’s, I will be playing the role of town cryer telling you all of the best travel articles hot of the (word)press. Each week I will be posting up my favorite blog reads that catch my terribly low attention span. No, I will not be in overalls and a golf cap like this dapper young lad on the left. When I’m not wandering around the world, I’m reading about it, so I want to collect some… Read More

A dwindling travel budget and fear of failure.

Something haunts me as the thunder rumbles deep outside. Lightning streaks across the sky every so often, white-washing the rolling grey clouds like the flash of a camera. The pouring rains rat-ta-tat-tats on the rooftop and weeps down the window front — headlights and tail lights from passing traffic shimmer across that waterfall before me, creating a kaleidoscope-like obscura. Something else, less literal, hangs dark and foreboding above my head. A cloud looms over me, darkening my mood. It is fear. A creeping fear. The type of fear that waits… Read More

Something on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand brought me to Tears.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hatever you want to call them; Ghosts or spirits or just hopeful nostalgia playing mind games with a person who yearns for a long gone sentimental period in life — I’ve experienced something multiple times throughout my life. Something otherworldly. Something I couldn’t quite see or touch, but something I could feel in the pit of my stomach or on the hairs of my neck that stand at attention. Thousands of miles away from any semblance of scar or soul searing experience from my past, they still found me on… Read More

Amtrak Train Across America Day 1: Closure.

Your life can change in an instant, or with one simple choice — like one I made to take an Amtrak train across America. After a year stateside working and saving up money, the pull of my nomadic soul began again. I needed to travel. So, on a whim, I booked a flight to Thailand from California. I just had to get there. And what better way to see the United States than by rail. Today began just like every other day. I woke up at the shriek of my… Read More

Escape From Tomorrowland: Why You Should Travel TODAY!

So many of us live in Tomorrowland. “Tomorrow is another day.” “I’ll do this tomorrow.” “I’ll start working towards my dream tomorrow.” “Tomorrow is a new beginning.” Well let me just voice my opinion about tomorrow. Tomorrow does not exist. Now, I’m not telling you that this is fact by some divine knowledge…. I’m just asking you to toy with this idea. Just think about this for a minute. Tomorrow is a theory. Tomorrow is a comfortable assumption that the sun will rise. Tomorrow is a hope that your heart… Read More

How to Travel the World When You Have Lost Everything.

  I know death well. Like some damned Divine Comedy, I’ve been through Hell. That dark, fiery, sulfur stinking, lifeless place. And for a long time it seemed like the fate of myself would be that of my parents; self-induced, or by the powers that be who deemed me unworthy to truly live. I’ve met despair, who caressed my face in a shadowy comfort, enticing me to a darkness of a black hole like existence in which no light would be allowed. It is much easier to give up all… Read More

Be the Author of Your Own Life Story.

It’s been a short period of time since I discovered my interest in writing, and it’s been equally as short a period of time since I discovered that I could grab life by the…erm…horns and I had the power to do what I want in life. For a while there until I traveled for the first time in 2011 to New Zealand, life was on auto-pilot. I was drowning in un-happiness, buying up all the shiny things I could, working at a job I hated, and scouring dating sites to… Read More