My motto: Life is an adventure - take detours
Life is an adventure - take detours
What do I mean when I say, Life is an adventure, take detours? Well, simply stated, it is my life motto. Life has taken me on many adventures. I look for adventures wherever I go. Sometimes my detours take me to a dead end, but more often I have found that the unplanned brings unexpected rewards.
Feeling the need to explore? Ever wondered what went to the left when the map says to go right? Love travel, art, people, photography and food? Welcome to a bit about me!
My favorite detour? Travel
My earliest memory of knowing I wanted to travel was when I was about 5 and my grandparents were traveling around the world. I have been fascinated by people and cultures for the same length of time.
It is my adventures that have made me well, me. Along the way to who I am today, I have lived in 9 states ( 3 times in Illinois) , traveled in 49 states, lived in 6 countries and traveled in over 30 countries.
I can not sit still for long without getting itchy feet!
Got the itch? Read some travel books
When I can't travel, I am reading about other places and other cultures. Here are a few of my favorite books from around the world
This is one of my top 10 favorite books. I have loaned this book and given this book to all my female friends with an interest in travel and cultures.
Another one of my top 10 books. This is the ultimate adventure! If you have any interest in Australia, Aborigines and walk abouts, this book is not to be missed!
My most recent country of residence was Malaysia. This book takes place there.
Yet another book in my top 10! The descriptions in this book about the life, smells, sights and sounds of Africa bring me back every time!
Don't just dream it, do it! The next time you have some free time, take a different route and keep your eyes wide open!
Where I have been. Let's starts where I have lived
To put things in perspective, until I went to college I had lived in two states. Illinois and Minnesota. Everywhere else on the list is where I have lived since I was 18!
Illinois- I was born in Danville
Minnesota - I moved to Stillwater when I was 4
Texas- My first year of college was in Arlington
Switzerland- My second year of college was in Luzern
Alabama- Mobile and Fairhope
Connecticut- Woodbury and Bethlehem
Ivory Coast- Abidjan
Illinois- St. Charles
Malaysia- Kuala Lumpur
My last stop before returning to the US? SE AsiaClick thumbnail to view full-size
So Many Countries So Little Time!
Where I have traveled- Internationally
Whew!! Some of these countries I have been to multiple times, but there are so many more on my wish list!
A Day in DC ( a 2 hour trip from Charlottesville) - All photos by Rikki HallowellClick thumbnail to view full-size
Take a detour, feed your soul
Travel is more than the destination. It is the journey. The detours that allow you to experience the soul of the place. To me, in the end what makes a successful detour is what you take away with you. Each experience, each interaction, each glimpse of the life and heart of a country makes me a better person. If I can leave something positive behind, I have helped change the world for the better.
So you see, where I have been has been instrumental in making me who I am today.
This is a small glimpse of me. I hope my motto has in a small way made you consider your detours. Where will they take you?
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