I wander.

Not all those who wander are lost – Tolkien

Tolkien’s quote along with his epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, impacted me greatly at a young age. Nearly sixteen years after reading it for the first time, I still feel the pull of the adventure it sent me on every time I opened the page and dove into the story. I would have given anything to be part of the Fellowship. And not for the obvious reason of destroying the ring and saving the world.  I wanted to be a part of the Fellowship because they were on an adventure…

Ever since I read that book, I’ve craved adventure. I’ve craved going out into the world and exploring what it has to offer.

When I was a teenager, I thought I would grow up and perhaps grow out of it like an adolescence growing out of a childish hobby. But I didn’t. I became an adult, and that deep inner drive to wander the planet never left me. I got married. Moved across the country a couple of times. Bought a house. Wrote three novels. Settled down. Had a baby. And in between all of the major life events, I was still trying to find the time to explore. When I was supposed to be decorating my house, I was researching hikes and drives around the world. When most moms are trying to get their baby into a sleep schedule, I was filling out forms for my daughter’s passport. No matter what seems to be going on in my life, a trip to a new or familiar destination is not far from my mind.

I’ve learned a lot during my travels over the last decade, and I want to start sharing my experiences with you. Adventure can be found anywhere from your local coffee shop to a Volcano on the other side of the planet.

This blog is a journal of my stories along the way including the gems I come across, my favorite coffees, wines, restaurants and more. I’ll also share everything I’ve learned traveling with my daughter for the parents out there who don’t want to give up traveling.

I hope my stories inspire you to plan your next adventure.

Happy Wandering.

~RL

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