Traveler Spotlight: The Awkward Traveler

Today  I’m sharing with you one of the most authentic lady I’ve “met” on Instagram. She is honest in who she is and challenges she has faced. This lady has been such a supportive person from the beginning of my own travel blogging. Plus, she has been to some really incredible places that you may find familiar. So without further ado, everyone meet Kay!

 


 Q: When did you first fall in love with travel?

A: Hmmm. That’s a tough question. There wasn’t really a moment in my life wherethe heavens parted and a ray of sunshine beamed down upon me and bestowed the love of travel. When I was younger, we moved around a lot. We didn’t really travel in terms of family vacations or visiting relatives in Europe or Asia or whatever other families do, but we moved. That was our thing. We snuggled into our little car, packed to the brim with sour straws and Slim Jims and a portable DVD player we had to keep switching between Shrek and Bruce Lee movies to keep my brother and I entertained. Our little faces fogged up the back window, our noses pressed against the glass as we watched the passing scenery of places we didn’t have time to stop at. Frankly, I was a weird kid and scared of all social interaction, so I never ventured beyond our front doorstep on my own. I saw the world through my bedroom window, but at least I could always count on a new window view in a year or two. Didn’t have friends in 2nd grade? No worries, I would have another shot when we moved to another state. Hate the weather in Alabama? Suck it up, we would only be here a few more months. I grew accustomed to changing locations like it was underwear, regularly or else bad things would happen. Living on my own now, its natural for me to move around. I feel mentally constipated if I don’t. Even if it’s only to a new city a few miles away, I’m down to explore! Traveling is basically a personality trait for me now.

 Q: What is the number one destination or experience on your bucketlist?

A: I don’t have a number one destination. I have places that I have been that I like more than others, but it’s hard for me to prioritize destinations that I’ve never experienced. I’d love to go to Thailand as much as I’d love to go to Columbia or Martinique or Egypt or Latvia or Kenya or Australia or Vietnam or Jordan. I mean, I keep making plans like “Okay! This year I’m going to Bali!” or “Costa Rica here I come!” or “OKAY SERIOUSLY. ENGLAND! LET’S DO IT!” and then there’s a cheap flight to Cuba or Taiwan and I do that instead. They all sound great, so I’ll get around to the other places eventually. Experience wise, I think a hot air balloon would be pretty rad as long as I remember my motion sickness pills this time. Or that crocodile cage in Australia. I also wanna go to the Hamptons so I can recreate scenes from White Chicks. I’m down for any experience!

 Q: Who is your biggest travel inspiration?

A: Huh. I don’t really have specific people who inspire me to travel. I know some pretty inspiring people who travel, but honestly my biggest inspiration is myself. I’m so impressed by the person I have become and knowing that I still have so much more to learn and grow. Seeing my growth keeps me challenging myself. I’m NOT joking when I say I used to be REALLY WEIRD. And I didn’t all the way understand why. Lucky for me, a couple of SUPER SWEET darlings in middle school told me exactly why. This is going to sound bad, but I changed myself because of their critiques. I stopped opening my eyes REALLY WIDE every time I talked to someone. I stopped moving my eyebrows so much. I stopped chewing on my sleeves. Trust me, it was for the best. In any case, I can’t wait to see the super special awesome person I will one day (hopefully) become. I know, I’m so self-absorbed right?? Haha but if you can’t be inspired by yourself, how in the world you going to inspire someone else?? Can I get an amen up in here?

Q: What do you do when you’re not traveling?

A: I work. Like a lot. I know a lot of travel bloggers aren’t about that 9-5 life and just wanna be their own boss and travel the world forever, but I actually like working. I don’t exactly have a 9-5 job, but I like to keep myself busy doing stuff. I play a bunch of video games, mostly xbox and The Sims. Do any of you have Xbox Live? Hit me up! I’m also a fiction writer (keep an eye out for my book later this year). I’ve been writing silly stuff since I was in middle school, and I’ve finished a book or two before, but this is the first time it feels like I’ve produced something worth going public, you know? Volunteering is pretty dope too. I like engaging with underserved and often ignored minority young women.

Q: What travel quote do you live by?

A: I’ve never related my life to a specific travel quote before. Uh, lemme google some.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – mm. I usually am lost tho so.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – true to some extent, I have indeed not been everywhere, but I would also be okay skipping wherever gorillas hang out in the wild. I don’t want to go there. Also, I don’t want to barge in just ANYWHERE, especially if I’m not welcome. I would love to see the inside of a gorgeous Mosque, but if they only allow those for worship and don’t want tourists flopping around everywhere posing for instagram pics, I’m not going to throw a tantrum. I understand boundaries.
“Travel teaches as much as books.” -I think traveling can be definitely eye opening, but only if you let it.
“The hills are calling and I must answer.” -I’ll only answer if the weather is nice. I had actually never hiked before I moved to Oregon. I did not come from an outdoors family, and even though I’ve come to enjoy hiking and being outside, nothing will ruin my day more than cold weather or rain.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.” Soooo, I like this quote because it’s a metaphor for reading and traveling and I’m all about that life, BUTTT. I don’t like that it could be interpreted as people who don’t travel can’t fully enjoy life or that they’re missing out on the greatest gift the world can offer. I don’t think it’s like that at all. Some people can’t afford to travel, simple as that. That doesn’t make their life less meaningful or that they’re ignorant and have no *~*worldly views*~*. Some people prioritize other aspects of their life over traveling and make time for maybe one trip a year before going back to work and family and friends. Maybe they keep returning to the same place year after year. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some people don’t even like traveling. My mom, for example, hates traveling. That doesn’t make her book any less read, it’s just a different genre.
“Paris is always a good idea.” –UNTIL SOMEONE STEALS YOUR PASSPORT AND YOU STEP IN DOG POOP. But I digress.

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5 Comments

  1. October 21, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Love the interview and such great photos!

    • October 23, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Waahhh thank you so much! I appreciate the read!

  2. jamie
    October 21, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    It’s SO funny that you mention the Sims… I’ve been dying to get it but as someone who loves to travel I’ve always wondered if I’ll ever have time. Do you usually travel solo? I’ve found I grow the most through solo travel, and you seem quite similar! Thank you for sharing your story, I adored your honesty!

    • October 23, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      The Sims is literally my life blood hahah. But I usually go through spurts of gameplay, like I’ll play NON STOP for about a week or two, but then I won’t play for months because I get so busy.

      Mmm, I also don’t travel solo at all really. I did a roadtrip solo before and I hated it. It was…nice getting to see things and going by my own schedule, but it also wasn’t as fun for me and it made me kind of withdrawn. But that’s probably just me.

      Thanks for reading!!
      -Kay

  3. November 14, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Great interview Kay. I have seen the Awkward Traveler’s work online. Great branding over there. She is a gem. also feel that way about places. I have been to Costa Rica and Bali – 2 spots she has yet to visit – but find myself doing the same things with other lands. We go to places, then keep going back, or a house sit pulls us to spots we never envisioned visiting, like Qatar, or Cyprus.

    Ryan

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