Hola, amigos! Welcome aboard. I’m Amelia and I run this joint, but it wasn’t always like that. In 2012, I was Emily. I had my cubicle in the corporate world working for a top tier ad agency. I had an amazing group of friends in Atlanta that ensured I was rarely left with nothing to do. Life was pretty perfect for a single 27- year old, yet something was pulling me. I wanted more. So I gave it all up and headed south of the border for a 10-month tour of Central and South America. Little did I know, that 10 months would become the rest of my life. A three month stint on my first stop in Utila changed the course of history, and my whole life plan. Emily was left behind in Atlanta and Amelia was born.
In the two and a half years that I have written this blog, it has become more than a journal of my journeys. It is a philosophy of how to live life. My take on travel has always been an itinerary-less one. Throw out any plans, be wary of Lonely Plant guidebooks and do what scares you. I believe in really getting to know a place, whether it be a big city, small town or entire country. If you move too quickly, you miss the good stuff. While my style of travel may not work for the full-time job & mortgage-paying crowd, it might just open some eyes. When I first began blogging, my mission was to just inspire a few folks. Two years and hundreds of comments & personal messages later, I think I’ve accomplished that. Now, I’d like to take it up a notch and show so many more how long-term travel really is feasible. In travel, as in life, we constantly make sacrifices to get what we want. I may not own a car, a house or a cell phone number at the moment, but I have something greater — something intangible and something rare. I have complete freedom. Sure, I sacrificed a lot to get here, and often times, I miss my friends and the rich relationships I had when I left Atlanta on that early summer morning. The exchange, however, has proved to be more than I bargained for. Even on the tough days, when I don’t know how much longer my money will last and I miss my family to pieces, this lifestyle is still worth it to me. We’re all different, and I get that. This is my happy place and I hope you can appreciate and enjoy it at the very least. Hey, maybe you’ll discover that you dig this idea of travel, or better yet, long-term travel. A girl can hope, right? Here’s to it!
[If you'd like to read a bit more on how I arrived at the decision to ditch everything and travel, check out my Getting Here post. It was written over two years ago now, so keep that in mind when laughing at my rant on life. Let's just say, I was really over life as Emily at that point.]
“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”