Resident of the Road started out as personal journal of mine. I was eager to document my experiences as I encountered the unfamiliar and explored the unknown. Somewhere along the way, it morphed into a public project of sorts. As I've delighted in new cultures and embraced the joys and heartbreaks of the world, this blog has evolved with me. My sincerest hope is that Resident of the Road inspires and equips you to go forth and explore this wildly diverse and beautiful world, no matter your budget or experience.
So what’s my travel story? Ironically, I didn’t have much of one until a few years ago. Aside from a few family trips to the Caribbean and some cruises to Mexico, younger me hadn’t the faintest obsession for traveling, nor did I have any idea of my passion for foreign cultures and cities. Never in a million years would I have dreamed that I would be living in Morocco during Ramadan or riding (scratch that, falling) through the Great Pyramids of Egypt on horseback. Yet, a stint in India 4 years ago changed all of that. Now, I feel like I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t spend some time each year losing myself in the hustle and bustle of a new city. Traveling is just as much a crash course on yourself as it is the world- my experiences have taught me that much.
Since graduating college at the University of Alabama, I’m a recent New York City transplant. I work at Discovery Inc. by day and spend my free time looking up plane tickets by night. Now that I don’t have spring break and a meticulously crafted class schedule that enables me to travel freely, I’m learning how to prioritize travel responsibly and balance this new world of adulthood. I've got this insatiable need to see the world, and I'm on a mission to do it.
May we travel deeper, not wider.