I am, during certain times of the year….peregrine. I’m convinced it began when I was young with the monthly mailbox arrival of N
ational Geographic magazine that allowed me to travel virtually (before virtual anything was invented). While my friends had posters of the Beatles in their bedrooms, I had maps on my walls. Jane Goodall was my heroine. So was Margaret Mead and Richard and Mary Leakey. Also Gertrude Blom. I took anthropology classes in college, but followed a more “traditional” career from which I recently retired…at least part time. My inner Jane Goodall satisfied herself by traveling whenever time and finances allowed. I’ve traveled a lot – much of it to off-beat locales all over the world. I’m also a single parent and have been for the duration of my son’s 27 years. I’ve traveled with him since he was two years old – years of mother and son travelling that has evolved considerably as he became a peregrine adult with his own solo adventures that I enjoy via his Facebook postings. We still occasionally travel jointly.
I journal while travelling and have recently taken up travel sketching. My home office houses stacks of notebooks, sketchbooks, empty books and black books that attempted to capture the best of those trips. My friends and colleagues regularly tell me that I’m “brave” or “adventurous” and that I should share my travel stories and travel tips more broadly. How do I decide where to go? How do I travel inexpensively? Do I get bored or scared when traveling solo?
Let’s see if I can answer those questions and if not, feel free to ask as you travel with me virtually.