Citizen of the World

Do you want to be a power in the World? Then be yourself!! The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers, but most of all, the world needs dreamers who do… Once you believe in yourself you can risk Curiosity, Wonder, Spontaneity, Delight and all other experiences that reveal the human Spirit… Believe!! The World is at my feet and the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step… I want to make a difference in the world and really embrace my “Traveling Gypsy” title ….maybe I’ll gain a little direction, guidance and check off a few items on the bucket list along the way. For those of you that don’t know me I am from the backwoods of North Eastern Kentucky where they have a blue collared, hard working approach to life. I am who I am, and that my friends is a Gypsy! A nomad in love with distant and uncharted places…wandering the World in search of new experiences and connections.

I’m preparing to take off on a round the world adventure! There have been many changes is my life in the last couple of months and this trip has been a dream of mine for years and I’m so excited to finally make it come true. I want/need to take time to think about things that matter to me rather than what is next on my list of things to do. Why am I traveling? I am taking this leave of absence because I want to experience the World and live life to the fullest! I am in search of an extraordinary journey, a grassroots effort to make a difference in the World. Perhaps to discover what it means to be a citizen of the World and a member of the human race… not separated by borders, belief systems, skin color, or political doctrine. I want to grab every exciting, crazy opportunity that comes my way and FEEL ALIVE!  I want to take time to think about things that matter to me rather than what is next on my to-do list.  I want to fumble through my phrase books, draw in my sketch book and play charades with vendors until they understand what I want.  I am independent, but I am lonely and I want to travel and connect with people in a way that I can’t explain. I want to understand what I really miss when I am away from home.  I want to hike to the top of mountains, trek through the jungle, swim in as many bodies of water than I come across and gasp at the sheer beauty of this world.   I want to volunteer and serve people that really need my help, and in return, be reminded of how incredibly blessed I am.

I don’t want to look back when I am older and regret that I didn’t allow myself to experience this world the way I wanted to. I’ve been daydreaming about this trip for several years now, so I know it seems like this is coming out of nowhere to some people, but really it’s been in the works for quite some time.  I had been debating risking the life I have worked so hard for…working for a good company, losing the stability of everything that I have… Then I realized it is never too late to plan a trip of a lifetime and I can always work just as hard when I get back, but who knows maybe some amazing opportunities will pop up along my travels and I could get sponsored to write a book or be a travel journalist or even host a TV show. The possibilities are endless!

In life, the World can present a bountiful kaleidoscope of opportunities to enhance and direct an individual’s decision in determining their potential “path.” If, upon realization and circumstance, an opportunity arises that could fuel not only the passion of one’s own desires and personal achievement, but a chance to enrich the lives of others through community connection and fulfillment, then the opportunity must be seized and nurtured.

Throughout my life, I have faced many challenges and encountered numerous opportunities and people who have been instrumental in shaping my life. Every experience, good and bad, keep me light hearted and eager to learn about the world around me. I have been so blessed to have so many amazing and supportive people in my life that accept me for all of my crazy ways.  Words seem so inadequate for me to express the way I feel about my friends and family … I would be completely lost without them, and I hope they all know what a difference they make in my life.  I am so excited to start my trip, but I will definitely miss everyone…. but technically it’s not really “goodbye,” it’s just, “See you in a few months” Plus if anyone gets the travel bug while I’m gone, we can meet up along the way!

I will travel to 20-30 countries doing humanitarian work.  In addition, I plan to shoot a documentary of my travels along the way in hope of inspiring others to take similar trips.  Nothing is officially set in stone, but this is where I plan to venture to: 

Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bali, Singapore, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Madagascar, South Africa, Botswana, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Belize

I have picked up many tips and tricks along my travels about culture, history, mannerisms, food and language.  Each time I travel to a new country the locals that I meet are usually under the impression that Americans are uniformed about the World that lays beyond the US borders.  I would like to help change that preconceived notion and help educate and inspire people about the World around us and teach them to embrace other cultures and give them a chance to look at life in a whole new perspective…

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vobbie
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 20:06:46

    syd .. you should do your own version of song/dance… I’d watch it 🙂


  2. 0htheplacesyoullgo
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 16:53:27

    what a great plan! i get that notion about americans when i travel, too. there was a great article on about america and how it compares to other countries in terms of vacation/travel: pretty crazy, especially the part about passports.

    good luck with your adventures! if egypt makes your list, i would be happy to give you tips.


    • Traveling Gypsy Adventures
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 23:09:43

      Yeah, it’s sad, but will hopefully change soon. Egypt is definitely on my list but not until 2013. I’ll let you know when I’m heading your way & same goes for you if you ever make it to North Carolina 🙂


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