I’m Melanie….blogger, world traveler, writer, photographer.
Travel is like blood in my veins….without it, I would die. See, I was born with a serious medical condition called, “wanderlust.” There is no cure. I was diagnosed at the young age of 7 during a cross-country road trip from my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland to San Diego, California. It all started when my Dad and step-mother jam-packed my brother, my cousin and me in the back of his Oldsmobile – “people luggage” so to speak – and the five of us set off on a three-thousand mile adventure across the U.S.A. stopping at various hotspots along the way. One of those spots changed me forever. From the moment I stepped out of the car and saw what I saw; I knew I had it bad.
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the most amazing places that I’ve seen in all my travels even to this day. Since experiencing that amazing view 30+ years ago, I’ve traveled to 29 countries and 25 states, some of them multiple times. I’ve climbed the Great Wall of China, seen the Pyramids in Egypt from the back of a camel, toured the Louvre in France, jumped into the sea from the cliffs in Greece, ate real sushi in Japan, held on for dear life while riding in a tuk-tuk in Thailand, hiked the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, rode an elephant in Bali, ran the Baltimore marathon in Maryland, swam in the…well, you get the picture.
But travel isn’t only about the activities you do in a particular place…it’s about change, development, and introspection…and that’s why I love it. I’m not a travel expert. I’m a travel enthusiast seeing the world one day at a time with one dream in mind – to live life to the fullest.
You think it’s luck that got me here? No, I haven’t been lucky…I’ve been purposefully-driven.