Monday, April 21, 2014

There is No Ordinary While Traveling

It's Monday again, oh how quickly that seems to happen when I haven't decided what I am going to write about. I spent most of last night and every minute since I have woken up trying to think of an engaging post, something someone else may want to read. Sure, I have lots of ideas, potential nuggets of travel knowledge and clever lines from blunderous experiences, (Blunderous, if it's not a word, it is now.) but something was missing.

I just finished a book called No Touch Monkey written by Ayun Halliday, and I liked most of it very much. I won't get into all of the details, but many of the places she visited and the experiences she had are things that I have seen and done but didn't think were worth writing about like chafing while riding a camel and getting sick in Africa. While there is a blog post about me being sick in Africa and there is mention of me riding a camel, I think I have fallen short as a travel writer. I have packed lots of interesting moments together and left out the human details, the ones that everyone can relate to. This is something she did very well. Sure, I have had some pretty outlandish experiences in some of the countries I have visited, but I have also had some really normal but equally interesting ones too. Because that's what travel is all about isn't it? It's about going somewhere and doing something that you would normally do at home, but have a completely out of body experience doing it. Using public transport and going to the grocery store are good examples of this. There is no ordinary while traveling.

I started to make a list of the things I haven't written about, the ones that I had forgotten about and didn't think I had enough material for, and I think I'm going to delve into some trips from long ago even though my notes are in a box in my parents' basement in New Jersey.  It's another new direction; I'll try it out and see where it takes me.

And in the coming weeks I will also answer the question that many have asked me...how are you able to travel as much as you do (with very little money)?

Stick with me, and we can take this travel journey together!