I finally did it.
I finally decided to start a blog.
A real one, too, where I actually had to research hosting sites and get an official .com ending without the wordpress or blogger in the URL.
I have been debating doing this for God-knows how long and I finally took the plunge. I can’t wait to get this started.
I guess I should introduce myself a little:
My name is Julia. I’m 27 years old and work full-time as a teacher. I teach English Language Arts (ELA) to middle schoolers and I love every second of it. I know what you’re thinking: “Middle school!? She must be brave! They’re awful!” But I don’t think so. I love my students and I think that middle school is such a sweet time in a child’s life. They don’t know who they are or their place in the world and getting to be a moment in that discovery is everything.
Unlike a lot of bloggers here, I didn’t quit my job to travel full-time. In fact, I probably have a lot more “baggage” than most: I own my home, so there’s bills upon bills upon bills there, and I have quite a few animals, including one who has an over-attachment issue.
I began traveling when I was 17. I went abroad twice that year: to Costa Rica for a school trip and to China. My former youth pastor was doing a three-month long trip to various cities in China and invited me to come. Technically everyone who went was supposed to be 18+ but I was able to sneak on. It was amazing. After that, I traveled again at 19 and again at 23. I lived and taught abroad for a year and had fantastic experiences.
I stopped for a bit and thought the travel bug had left me for good, but I was so, so wrong. Now, at 27, I can’t just pick up and go like I used to. Sure, I could sell my house (but why? I adore it! I even named it Faery Glenn!) and I could sell my car and actually, I’d have a heck of a lot of money if I did those things and be able to comfortably travel for years, but I’d have to leave my animals behind. Like I said, I have quite a few (I rescue) and one of my cats, Drogon, has a particular neediness that is literally a diagnosable illness. I can’t do that to him.
Besides, I also, like, seriously love my job.
For awhile, I was content to just travel during my breaks. As a teacher, I get quite a few really good ones and I’ve taken advantage of my winter, summer and spring breaks. But then I stumbled across the idea of microadventuring – something I actually do quite often – and that got me thinking…
Who said you have to go abroad to be an adventurer? Does adventure lay solely in the soil of foreign countries? Must you cross a border to have a real experience?
Of course not. I can’t believe I ever even thought that way.
So, the purpose of this blog is to document some tres, tres sweet things that you can do in your own backyard. I like traveling to other cities in the US on the weekend and those adventures will go up on here too, as well as extensive exploration in Florida, my own state.
I’ve decided to come up with a few series to keep this organized. They are:
- Daringly Domestic – for all of my travels within the US.
- Fun in Florida – for all of my travels within FL.
- Florida Beaches – a subseries to show off the awesome beaches that we have around here.
- International Interruptions: for those times I do get to go abroad.`
- Haunted Haunts: for those times I feel like being a fool and going to haunted places which is all the time.
There will be international travel documented on here, but not nearly as frequently as the domestic traveling. I really want to focus on all of the gems that the US has to offer. I hope you’ll stay along to uncover some really awesome sites and experiences with me. I have a feeling I’m going to surprise even myself.