TRAVELER. BLOGGER. JOURNALIST
She's Back - Blog Post 10/06/14
Staring affectionately at her old friend, the girl reminisced on all the adventures they had shared together. She thought fondly of their times in Sub-Saharan Africa, of their challenging (and painful) hours together in the Nepali Himalaya and of their rough and tumble motorcycle mission through India. She also recalled the dusty chicken bus journeys, squashed train arrangements, torrential downpours and countless baggage claims her friend had to endure for the success of each overseas adventure. But the trip that caused the girl to offer her utmost respect, was the most recent. To the closet.
8 months of halted international travel had left the girls 50-Liter Mammut backpack forlorn and neglected. Sure the pack looked the exact same - battered, stained and bearing a broken buckle or two. She even smelled the same - Indian curry, unwashed socks with just a hint of campfire smoke. But the girl was afraid her weathered friend wouldn’t remember her. The contour of her shoulders. Or the way she adjusted the straps. Running her fingers tenderly over the embroidered brand name, a rush of overdue excitement flooded in. Rolling, scrunching and organizing her bits and bobs, the pack fattened to a healthy 20 pounds. And when it came time for the first of many, “lift and mounts”, the pack glided onto her back like an old pair of comfortable shoes.
Bali…”we” have arrived!
Travel Stamp - Blog Update 09/01/14
A stamp in your passport is more than just ink. It’s a stamp on your heart. On your mind. On your perceptions and your beliefs. It is the tangible representation of a time in your life forever enhanced because of the decision you made to experience the world.
This print is a celebration of all forms of travel stamps. The people, cultures, events, festivals, meals and traditions that impress upon travelers souls and cause us to think outside the proverbial box of our known existence. The moments that humble, amaze, enliven and give meaning to our path in life.
Travel Stamp also celebrates the imprints we leave on the places we visit. Our personal characteristics, mannerisms, acts and words that touch the hearts of those encountered and if only for a moment, cause them to think outside of their box too.
What travel stamps fill your passport? What experiences and memories fill more pages than others? Which stamps have faded and which maintain strong definition?
You are a blank canvas. Let the art of travel stamp your mind, body and soul.
Big thanks to Mike Lloyd of Shutterstop Photography for seeing something special in me and wanting to capture the essence of travel in print. http://shutterstopphotography.com/
THE DAILY TRAVEL PODCAST
June 6, 2014 by Nathaniel
It was over egg rolls and stir fry, when her Aunt Judy unexpectedly shared her travel stories with her teenage niece. Captivated and enthralled by her aunt’s own personal legend, Regina Busse knew instantly that she wanted the same, to be more adventurous and have these stories of her own to share, just like her aunt. “The life she had lead and continued to lead sparked a fire inside me,” says Regina.
And so a 16-year old midwestern girl from Omaha, Nebraska, planned a one semester trip to Australia and bought that ticket. A few months turned into a year, and Reggie turned into an explorer of an amazing world. Nine years later, she’s still on the road. This transformation was so profound, she’s now compelled to help others experience the same, to inspire those who aren’t seeing the world to aspire to do so, to incorporate a love of travel into their lives, and promote the encouragement to do so within society.
Let Reggie’s message entrance you and her passion for inspiring others to share in similar experiences help you aspire to travel.