TEN by TEN started as a writing exercise. Start each day with a 10 minute-ish brainstorm, looking back over old travel photographs and listing 10 memorable moments. The immediate goal was to warm up to some academic writing I had been putting off. But as I started to list my favorite activities in each destination, I realized I had unintentionally created a gratitude journal, centered around the places I have visited (and now am visiting!).
As my collection grew, I decided to take the leap and share my thoughts with you.
I am an introvert at heart: a homebody whose safe place has always been my bed. But I somehow ended up a ‘nomad’ (that’s how a first date once described me), continuingly forcing myself outside of my ever-growing comfort zone by living abroad. My only hope is that reading my top ten lists will inspire you to enjoy your day- whether it is during a vacation or at home in a daydream-and encourage you to open your mind to new experiences.
My travel ethos: Given the number of environmental courses I have taken over the years and my passionate respect for Mother Earth, I feel obligated to live a somewhat-sustainable lifestyle. This lifestyle flows into my travels and includes buying less (junk), choosing locally-run joints for most of my nibbles, and recycling whenever possible (yes, I will actually carry around a coffee cup in my bag until I find the correct bin- I’m that girl). Because my eyes (and belly) want to try all the local delicacies when in a new destination, I am not a vegetarian. However, knowing what I do about the environmental effects of a meat-free lifestyle, I try to eat mostly vegetarian when not traveling. I encourage you to do the same- I promise the prosciutto taste even better that way (I didn’t think it was possible either).