7 Links – 7 Up
We were so thrilled when Lash from LashWorldTour nominated us for Tripbase’s 7 Links Project. Even though it’s taken me over 2 weeks to complete my post, I’m really happy to participate. The project asked travel bloggers to dig into their archives and pick their best posts in 7 categories. Below are my selection, hope you enjoy!
(My 5 travel blogger nominees follow this post)
This was a difficult category for me to choose since beauty is subjective & emotional. It was a toss up between the post I wrote called A Promise to My Son, which is a personal heart filled pledge. But since the 7 Links Project is basically about travel, I finally settled on this post, called Magic in the Mangroves & a Little Angel on the Beach. The reason I chose this post is because of two reasons. First, the descriptive style of writing, hoping I communicated all the colors, sights and sounds of our experiences. And second, the emotional quality of the experience, connecting with these beautiful children of the Colombian Carribean, all of whom touched my heart in a profound manner.
La Boquilla – An Authentic Slice of Colombia’s Caribbean
The historical walled city of Cartagena de Indias provides the perfect backdrop for a bold tale of allure, lust and adventure, leaving no doubt why the 80′s blockbuster Romancing the Stone was filmed there. Miro and I strolled wide-eyed in the old city, soaking in the pastel facades covered by bright bougainvilleas, people dressed in brilliant white bustling between shops, and primal drum beat Afro-Caribbean music throbbing in the streeets. Sucked into the city’s swirling energy, Miro and I spent several days exploring the streets of El Centro.
Hands down, our most popular post was our Podcast Episode #8 , called Sleeping with Strangers. This post is about travel & CouchSurfing with an interview with a CouchSurfing Ambassador from Bonn Germany. If you haven’t listened to this informative podcast and you are interested in learning more about CouchSurfing, listen now!
The Couchsurfing Project.
In Episode #8 Lainie & Miro talk about their experiences with the global project known as CouchSurfing. As longtime CouchSurfers & hosts, they have made many significant friendships through the project, experienced a global community, and provided & received the economic benefits associated with CouchSurfing during travel. Also in this episode, Lainie interviews Tom, CouchSurfing Ambassador from Bonn Germany about his role in the project.
I wrote a post called Love on the Road, What’s the Point? Our blog isn’t just a family travel blog, our blog dives into issues surrounding parenting, our relationship as mother/ son, being global citizens, interpersonal growth and yes, ‘inspiration’, all within the context of travel. But this post was different, it was about a reflection about love.When this post went live, I was nervous about the personal nature, talking about being single and in my 40′s, afraid of sharing too much, frightened of being vulnerable and too exposed. I was not certain the nature of this post would be received positively, but I felt so strongly, I took a chance. Yes, I was authentically surprised when I received comment after comment, and many personal messages of other women sharing their thoughts of love.
I notice that life on the road has some distinct differences than those living a location-stationary lives. But first, yes, I am a single mom, in my 40′s. I suppose that has a set of ‘ideas’ surrounding that life situation by itself. But I want to side step my ‘single-ness’ and my over ’40ness’ and for a moment and talk about life as a nomad, my life as a traveler within the context of love.
One of the podcast sI’m most proud of is the inspirational interview I did with Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad. Podcast Episode #21 – ‘Getting Global’ with Tales of a Female Nomad’s Rita Golden Gelman features Rita’s words and experiences as a frank conversation between two traveling women. Rita’s book inspired me to continue my travels, and when she granted me an interview, I was so overwhelmed! Rita’s energy and passion transcend audio and deliver a profound feeling of inspiration. For me, this interview was a milestone among our podcasts and I had truly hoped the inspiration had reached more people.
Getting Global with Tales of a Female Nomad, Rita Golden Gelman
In Episode #21 Lainie & Miro explore the concept of long- term travel, or being a nomad. Then, Lainie has the great honor of speaking with one of her personal heroes, Tales of a Female Nomad author. Rita Golden Gelman shares her thoughts on humanity, travel, trust and her new project, ‘Let’s Get Global’.
“I am a modern-day nomad. I have no permanent address, no possessions except the ones I carry, and I rarely know where I’ll be six months from now. I move through the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.”
“People are my passion. Unlike a traditional nomad, when I go somewhere, I settle in with the locals long enough to share the minutes of their days, to know the seasons of their lives, and to be trusted with their secrets. I have lived with people in thatched huts, slept in their gilded palaces, and worshipped with them at godly ceremonies and dens of black magic. I have also cooked with women on fires all over the world.”
I would have to say our most controversial post was Podcast Episode #3 – Gay, Lesbian, Trans-Gender in Guatemala. This podcast includes two interview with Gay, Lesbian and Trans-Gender activists in Guatemala, a country who’s becoming more and more progressive, but still not completely accepting. Also, in this interview, I talk about raising Miro as a child activist and share some of my background in activism.
This episode includes a discussion between Lainie & Miro sharing their feelings about human rights, gay rights & activism. This episode includes Miro’s thoughts on being raised in an activist environment + 2 interviews: A “queer” activist from Chicago & an interview with the Executive Director of OASIS, a Guatemala based NGO that serves the gay, lesbian, queer, trans-gender & sex worker community.
Lainie and Miro share their candid thoughts about activism, gay, lesbian and queer issues and what that means to them. Lainie has raised her son exposed to activism in many forms from the time he was born, surrounding issues that are important to her, like world peace, human rights and social justice. There are no taboo subjects between this pair as Lainie shares a story of reading a children’s book calledHeather has Two Mommies to Miro’s 4th grade classroom in Los Angeles. Their interview is a candid look at how the two see the world and the openness they share.
I think our most helpful posts are a toss up between the humorous 10 Uncommon Travel Tips from Pooping to Unschooling and A Parent’s Guide to Unschooling on the Road. Both posts are written to help the parent with issues surrounding those things that can make a parent nervous when considering a lifestyle like ours. My passion continues to be supporting my child with his unschooling pursuits. This is a somewhat controversial issue in more conventional circles, and hopefully, my article A Parent’s Guide to Unschooling on the Road helps ease some of those concerns.
Trends indicate more families are choosing to experience long-term travel than ever before. As conditions in the economy change, many families find long-term travel more affordable than the traditional family vacation which is usually expensive relative to the duration of time. Additionally, this may be the first time in a long time the adults find they have time off together. Surprisingly many families discover that traveling for a longer durations actually costs less than their current monthly combined expenses living a stationary life. On the road, most families can reduce their monthly cost of living by half and even more! With this information, what family cannot afford to experience long term travel?
I think the post I’m most proud of is called A Naked Reflection of 700 Days on the Road. This post contains my thoughts about the personal changes that have taken inside of me, as a result of traveling for the first 700 days. Similar to the Love on the Road, What’s the Point, post, I share my intimate thoughts including my doubts, vulnerabilities and fears. But what I’m most proud of, which is reflected in this post, is how I’ve overcome these things through travel and have grown into living my life through authentic inspiration and being in the moment.
But then, I get back into the moment. I look around and everything is always perfect. I am experiencing the moment with my son and I am reminded how much perfection I have experienced in the last 700 days.
I knew going jumping off into the unknown called our adventure was irrational. (I was told so by many people.) But I always knew, there really was a rational side to all of it as well.
My Inner Voice
The rational bit was the process of learning to trust that little voice inside of me which told me to do so, which always guided me. I have had many occasions in my life to listen to this voice, which I remember making it’s appearance the first time I traveled around Europe alone for a year in my early 20s. It always kept me safe, helped guide my travels and protect me.
But that was then, and in the past 700 days…. Read more here
We hope you’ve enjoyed this. The next part of this ’7 Links Project ‘ is to tag five other bloggers who haven’t yet taken part … (So of course I choose 7) but since we’re late to the party some have already taken part, others have not. Regardless, I make up my own rules as I go along anyway.. so here are five bloggers whom I recommend for the ’7 Links Project’ :