Travel [trav–uh l]
- to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip; journey: to travel for pleasure.
- to move or go from one place or point to another.
- to proceed or advance in any way.
I’ve been traveling all my life, but I can’t pinpoint when the travel bug hit me. It could’ve been that first trip or making those early morning runs to drop my step-mother off at the airport as she prepared to fly off to some amazing destination as a flight attendant. My earliest memories were a family trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I was so excited because it was my first plane ride and I was taken out of school for a one week vacation. I found myself sitting next to a famous T.V star that I didn’t know until my father pointed him out to me. This was big for me because T.V. was a huge deal to me and even though I had no idea who this comedic actor was, I was excited to be sitting next to him even though I didn’t pay him much attention.
That was many moons ago and since then I’ve had the opportunity to continue traveling. Fast forward “some,” years later and I’m still traveling. The purpose of this blog is to share my viewpoints with hopes to inspire, motivate and encourage you to live your dreams no matter how scary they are.
I am a woman of a certain age and by the world’s standards that means I’m no spring chicken, but I’m not quite ready for retirement. That sort of leaves me in limbo because what’s a girl to do? With unemployment on the rise and not a lot of options in terms of working the corporate structure, I decided to make a move (a big one!). I was a part of downsizing at the company that I worked for and I was so worn out mentally that I knew I needed something new and by new, I meant that I needed a total reinvention. My challenge, of course, was the 5 “W’s” and the H (who, what, when…and how)!!! I’ve always had a desire to learn Spanish and although I was living in California surrounded by a predominately Spanish population, my Spanish wasn’t improving at all!
I thought the best way for me to learn was to uproot myself and move to a Spanish speaking country for total immersion. My first choice was Barcelona, Spain, but after further research, I wasn’t sure if that was feasible at this time in part due to their own unemployment issues and a few other things like navigating on a tourist visa and having to do the 90 visa runs. The decision on where to go came a little bit easier when I remember speaking to a friend that spent a year in Costa Rica and returned speaking fluent Spanish so I thought, why not?! I started planning, with a checklist for Operation Costa Rica. With much planning and perseverance, I made the move!
Some have asked, “why from a brown girl’s perspective” and what I thought was obvious, clearly isn’t. I’m a brown girl (actually a woman, but I’ll always be a girl at heart) and I’ve noticed that as
far as travel goes we are few and far between, especially single brown women of a particular age. I’ve been to places where I’m looked at like an anomaly. I’ve been stared at, talked about and even touched (as if I would feel any different than anyone else). Just recently I had a student reach her hands out and touch my locks to see if they were mine and she asked me in Spanish, Esto es tuyo (is this yours)? I politely answered yes and continued with my business at hand. Oddly enough these questions and looks don’t bother me (for the most part which is another post-entirely stay tuned) because I understand the curiosity behind them. We’re all curious and the only way to cure the curiosity is with questions and as they say, “it’s all in the delivery.” So, here are my experiences chronicled on this site, I hope you enjoy!!
P.S. While this site is to post about my travels in various countries as well as my own (I have a desire to visit every state in the U.S.A,) it will also be about my life travels as it pertains to my personal development and growth and anything else I may feel like talking about. Of course, we know the word travel can be physical, mental or emotional. My writings will cover all of these areas. Some deep and some not so deep, but it’s my experiences past and present.