Today is a special day for our blog. Laura and I are featured on the popular travel website The Art of Non-Conformity. Much of our inspiration to start this blog came from Chris Guillebeau, a New York Times best selling author who aside from running an awesome blog and awesome conference called World Domination Summit has visited every country in the world! If you didn’t get a chance to read the profile- check it out!
I’d wanted to start a travel blog for sometime. A few years really. I pondered what it would be like to explore writing, to take the growing knowledge I had about travel and share it somewhere other than happy hour conversations with friends. But I never got around to it. To be honest, I actively blocked myself from imagining success, always reminding myself how busy I was and how complicated it would truly be to follow this intense passion. I got close to finally following my dreams, but planning our wedding (a travel fiesta itself) distracted me, and once again, I left one of my biggest dreams stay on the shelf.
We decided to do a tour of Los Angeles for our out of town wedding guests, which, among other things, included a game of touch football at the home of the USC Trojans!
I don’t believe things always just change on a dime. I think change is often a slow and deliberate process, punctuated by a defining moment that was hours, days, months, maybe years in the making. And this is no different. I was itching to do something new in my life at the time I got a copy of The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Gullibeau. One day later we were jetting off to New Zealand for our honeymoon. As it turns out, the flight to New Zealand is pretty damn long, so I had A LOT of time to read. Each page I read, I also discovered I had a lot of time for something else: Getting restless. Oh, and drink a lot of champagne- Thanks awesome Qantas flight attendants!
When the flight attendants found out we were celebrating our honeymoon, they went beyond the free pajamas and hooked us up with a bottle of champagne!
Have you ever had that little voice that beckons the best of you turn into an unavoidable and confident shout? For days on our honeymoon, my mind in moments of quiet would drift to what Chris was inspiring me to do. I was 30 years old, and I was tired of half ass pursuits of my passions. It became apparent: It was time to start a travel blog, plain and simple.
Sure, most people dream of things bigger than a blog I suppose. But this is my dream, and I’d dodged it for too long. But a 12 mile hike to a volcano gave Laura and I enough time to realize it was time to act, fear of failure be damned.
Before my feet hated me for a 12 mile hike, when I had trained for all of about 1 mile.
The result is this blog you’ve stumbled upon. Like us, it’s far from perfect. But it’s full of energy, random thoughts with the occasional really brilliant one, and a curse word or two laced here and there because, well, I’ve got a fucking potty mouth.
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And while you’re here, check out a few of our most popular posts and come back November 12th as we release our guide on how to plan a city tour for your wedding. Trust us, it wows the hell out of your guests. But what do we have out already that’s worth glancing at?
A Millennial Travel Manifesto: Love. Love with incredible foolishness. I’m not just talking about a partner, though that’s great too. I’m talking about life. Assume the best in people. The goodness, that is to say the light in this world, is so much stronger than the darkness. Walk into each day with optimism. Believe in the best of people and have patience when people stumble toward your expectations.
A Guide to Social Justice Eating in Los Angeles. Want good food for a good cause? We’ve got your definitive LA guide, from the airport to hidden hole in the wall joints near downtown Los Angeles.
Wedding Tips and Tricks Part One and then Part Two Our Guide to the Best Millennial Honeymoon Destinations! From lazy beach days to grand adventure to the opportunities in your backyard, we’ve got your honeymoon possibilities covered, but only after you read our tips and tricks to save money and earn miles on your wedding planning!
21 Inspiring Travel Quotes to Make You Want to Travel Now. A few of the usual suspects, but many I’d bet money most of you have never seen before!
Because 31 is the New 21: A Traveler Reflects on 31.Travel, I have come to discover, is more a state of mind than a process. If we approach each day with the curiosity of a traveler lost amidst a maze of new streets, greet each person with the wonder and awe we have when meeting someone from a new place, we create an environment where the light chases out the darkness. Isn’t that why we travel?
Thanks again for joining us. If you landed here, no doubt you’re already a fan of the great work Chris has done with his blog and books like The $100 Startup or The Happiness of Pursuit. But if you’re not reading the blog, and haven’t checked out the books- I encourage you to do so. You never know, they might just inspire you to follow those dreams that you’ve allowed to lay dormant for so long now.
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