Ultimately, we’re all travelers: all of life is a trip, and the excitement of discovery could be just as great someplace right around the corner, as around the globe. We should measure our travels not in miles but in marvels.
This blog site is about all of us gals who travel, not just to get from Point A to Point B, but to learn more about our world both far from and near to home, and about journeys internal as well as external. It’s about the joy of discoveries about others and about explorations of our selves as we venture into new surroundings.
(Since info in the original blog post will eventually get buried under later posts, bear with me while I repeat a little of it here.)
Why only traveling gals, you ask? Let me hasten to say up front that guys, traveling and otherwise, are welcome to read and post comments too. The reasons for the female focus:
- traveling, especially traveling alone, presents special challenges for women young or older, but
- it may also offer special opportunities that men don’t get to enjoy, when people open up to women in ways that they rarely would to men, and
- there isn’t enough discussion of these differences in standard travel sites and books, where the norm seems to be Male, with female travelers’ concerns a forlorn afterthought, and
- I hope to encourage women and girls to become zestful explorers and to share their experiences with the rest of us; and, of course
- I’m female, a fact that inevitably colors my traveling experiences and reflections.
You’ll find a mixture of postings here: accounts of travels past-present-future, photo essays about places or events, reviews of travelogues and travelers’ biographies (maybe even travel guides, as they seem worth noting), discussions of modes of travel ranging from airplanes to foot, ruminations about how travel changes us. As we get going, we’ll see some guest posts too. And eventually, depending on your responses and comments, maybe even some little contests (like, say, Name That Food, or Most Absurd Travel Experience).
Okay, that’s about the blog. What about the perpetrator? My name is Kate, Kangling, Katje – or any number of others, depending on the pronunciation preferences of the country I’m in. I’m a writer, editor, and consultant focusing on social justice issues, emphasizing communications integrating new and old media. Previously, I was an academic for more years than I can bear to recall, and a grantmaker for a foundation for enough years almost to recover from academia.
Under both those hats I traveled a lot for both fun and work (no profit), and made friends in many countries. After every long trip I swear that I’m sick of traveling, and then I immediately start hankering after the next departure. I gobble up travelogues and travel literature; keep airline and kayak.com links on my personally constructed browser homepages; attained a fair degree of fluency in French and Chinese, dabbled in quite a few other languages, and learned alphabets and syllabic systems for languages I have never mastered beyond distinguishing “Ladies” from “Gents.” Favorite city: a tie between Amsterdam and Paris. Favorite airline: Singapore Air. Favorite mode of travel: bicycle. Favorite place to be: wherever I am.
You’ll most likely find out more about me over time by reading the blog, but as I said, that’s not the point of the blog. I hope you’ll follow these pages because of your interest in travel-exploration-growth, and that you’ll share your own experiences and insights as we move along. Anybody can read or post comments, but please be patient when you make comments; to begin with, I’ll be reviewing them before uploading, to forestall nasty spammers. You’ll need to provide a name and e-mail address (the e-mail address won’t appear on the posted comment itself) before you can post comments.