The last 15 years, has seen me travel to over 40 countries, mostly solo. Some countries I have traveled humbly through as a backpacker, getting as close as i can to the local perspective; others I have stayed and volunteered – a true blessing, other places I lived and worked, and became a local in my own right. This blog, the Curious Rambler came to life in 2014; before that the stories of my travels are kept safely and quietly but I assure you I have been rambling curiously for many years now, and I always will, as life is an adventure to be rambled through. May you find time to be curious and to ramble.
Side Note: I realize recently that many people make assumptions, and in my case, some have assumed from my many travels that i have tons of money, or my parents are rich or I am a ‘trust fund’ baby (didn’t even know what that was). It’s important to know that i am anything but rich monetarily, and have completely supported my travels myself. I have always made very little money, much less than most I assure you, and most years I make below the poverty line in fact. Yet i am rich in life. Traveling does not take lots of money, it takes heart and will. It’s about prioritizing, saving money for experiences rather than things, and also living very simply – which inevitably makes your life richer and more authentic if you ask me. Your focus determines your reality.
My nomad trail in brief….
Cumberland, Canada (Vancouver Island) – living it up!
Southern Vancouver Island, Canada – worked & lived
Vancouver, Canada – worked and lived
British Columbia & Alberta, Canada – spectacular roadtrip
USA – Washington, Oregon
Vancouver, Canada – lived and worked
British Columbia, Canada – roadtrip of Gulf Islands and sunshine coast
California, USA – lived for 6 months
USA – Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Virginia (roadtrip)
Canada (roadtrip from Toronto to Vancouver)
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Ottawa, Canada – lived
Manchester, England -lived
Manchester, England (lived and worked)
Huatulco, Mexico (worked at resort job)
Bahamas (worked on a super yacht)
San Francisco, USA
Southern States, USA (Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama)
Scotland (lived and worked in Edinburgh)
2003 – my first ‘3 month’ backpacking trip
Republic of Ireland