Today I’ve got Carol from Wayfaring Views on the blog! Read on to check her out!
I became an independent traveler at the ripe age of 13 when I left the family summer road trip in the rear view and took a student theater trip to New York City. I was hooked. Over time, I’ve steadily built up a travel portfolio that has included visiting 36 countries and territories, hiking the Camino de Santiago, attending the running of the bulls in Pamplona and hiking the MIlford Track in New Zealand. When I hit 50, I decided to redesign my life to make more room for travel. I have transitioned from what was a typical 9-5 job and am now a travel writer, photographer and philanthropy consultant.
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
Wayfaring refers to traveling, particularly on foot. I love walking and hiking. Whenever I visit a new place, I always wander around on foot as a way to explore it. The “views” of Wayfaring Views is a double entendre. My blog often represents my personal views and experiences. And the content on my site is very image-rich and my photography gives the reader a view to the world through my lens.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
I aim to give people inspiration on the art of travel and advice for how they can travel on their own terms. On the site you can find general travel stories and destination pieces but I also specialize in travelling on foot and literary travel. You don’t have to travel full time or even go far afield to have a life full of travel. But you do have to get out the door. I hope that my blog will give people that shove out the door.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
Walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in ’14 was a very life-defining event for me. I solo-walked 300 miles (482/k), earning my Compostela. The pilgrimage marked the beginning of this life transition for me– I began my blog and transitioned my career on the trail. This picture is from a spot on the Camino called the “Cruz de Ferro” or Iron Cross. You leave a small token (I left seaglass from the California coast) and it is symbolic of leaving your burdens behind. Performing the ritual was surprisingly moving for me.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
My least favorite city has to be Quito. The downtown old quarter had it charms, but I found the city difficult to access, unsafe and sprawling. I’d advise travelers to make it a 1-day pit stop on the way to the Galapagos. I fell in love with New York on that first visit at 13 years old and it remains one of my favorite cities. I’ve been dozens of times and always find something new and interesting to do there.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
When I was in Botswana, our guide tried to get me to eat some sort of worm but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I am a contradiction as both a cheese-loving foodie and a picky eater. If you have ever been to Austin Texas, you need to try the queso. It’s a cheese-dip concoction that isn’t really made of cheese but rather some sort of imitation cheez-like substance. It has the consistency of brick mortar and offers the same effect on the digestive track. I love it and I hate it in equal measure.
7. Who are your travel idols?
I love Paul Theroux. He is cranky and he’s willing to travel to difficult places, which then makes him more cranky. The platitude about being a traveler rather than a tourist is easier said than accomplished—but he has accomplished it. He made me fall in love with trains.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
When you travel to a new place, don’t feel obligated to visit the ‘must see’ thing. If you aren’t into art, then you don’t need to go to the Louvre. Follow your passions and hobbies to any new place and it will reward you with cool and unique experiences.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?
I really enjoyed researching, shooting and writing a recent post on the street art scene in San Francisco’s Mission District. It’s a great walking neighborhood and the murals there have a lot to say about the cultural history of the area.