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HELLO, MY NAME IS DOTTIE.

I am in the midst of a violent quarter-life crisis.

The predicament is standard, really, and I find myself asking all the classic questions:

Who am I? What in the world am I doing with my time? What is the point of it all? How do I lead a meaningful life? 

I’m sure more mature generations who stumble across this section will shake their heads and tut-tut about the youthful naïveté of it all.

My life was drastically changed in a fairly typical way: I studied and worked abroad for a year. In China.

I was inspired by travelers I met in all different walks of life — the Canadian who worked two jobs to backpack for a year; the Swiss couple who saved money together for two years to travel the world indefinitely; the digital nomad coding his way through Southeast Asia; my fierce female bosses fearlessly starting businesses and chasing their dreams in a foreign country. These people made me realize that travel did not have to remain an unattainable dream, but could actually become reality through work, determination, and resourcefulness.

So, despite all the confusion, one thing is very clear to me:

I really, really, really, like really really, love travel.

How do I shape my life in a way that makes room for as much of it as possible? I’m still working on that, and I’ll be sharing my updates with you on this blog.

WHY DO I LOVE TRAVEL?

Because travel is exploration; travel is discovery. Travel enables you to discover parts of yourself that you didn’t know existed. It matures you, teaches you patience, and shows you how to relinquish control.

It’s also really, really fun, and sometimes very challenging.

Life in one place is routine, and you become acquainted to seeing and doing similar things over and over again. There is something nice about that comfort, but at an age where nothing makes sense, the unpredictability of nomadic life seems to fit in seamlessly, doesn’t it?

WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS BLOG (AND IT ALL)?

There is a whole world out there living differently than you. This blog is here to encourage you to step out and purposely seek out the bizarre, the different, and the weird. It is here to discover and share unique ways to sustain a lifestyle of long-term travel that doesn’t necessarily involve teaching English in Southeast Asia, working in a hostel, or abandoning ambition.

My goal in the near future is to tell the stories of traveling artists, adventurers, entrepreneurs, and creatives — people who live their lives alternatively, but have their shit together more than anyone in their own ways.

Let’s learn together.

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