My name is Trace Miller. I’m the Curious Rambler. I have infinite wonders and endless wanderlust. I am an independent traveler and drifter at heart. I started traveling in 2003 on a ‘three-month’ backpacking trip by myself to celebrate graduating university – I had spent 20 of my first 23 years in school, like most of us do. I wasn’t going to start a ‘career’ right away. I was free and had this burning desire to do something for myself, rather than something ‘I had to do’. No one was serious enough to come with me, so I went solo. And with my first trip, traveling ignited my spirt and opened my soul. I was hooked and never looked back.
I have since traveled independently to over forty countries, some of which I have lived. Check out the countries page for a complete library. I have absorbed the utter diversity, beauty and humanity of many cultures and there is so much out there. It is truly inspiring. My endless wanderlust will always be powered by my never-ending curiosity and fascination about the cultures and geography of this world.
Traveling allows me to push myself out of my comfort zone, to abandon routine, to follow the humble path of uncertainty and reap its rewards. I love to observe cultures and connect with people of such diversity yet such commonality. I want to share my experiences and reality by sharing traces of my journey – to try to open the hearts and minds of people – as mine has. We all choose our path and I encourage anyone to get out of their comfort zone and challenge yourself – the evolution is outstanding.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~Anais Nin
A few things I have learned so far:
- you get in return what you put out there, be positive, be happy, be love – it’s all perspective
- stepping out of your comfort zone opens up endless possibilities
- facing fear allows you to let go of it
- you don’t need a lot of money to travel
- it is never too late or too soon to travel and make changes to your life
- one’s life is full of choices, it’s up to you to choose constantly – make choices to pursue your own happiness and lifestyle
- foreign cultures are not dangerous or bad – they are indeed generous, welcoming, and accepting
- my eyes and heart will always continue to open from the sheer humanity of people everywhere
- a smile goes a long long way