Gypsy Woman

by Stephanie Casher on June 29, 2011

Ever since my epic cross country road trip in 2006, I have joked that I am “part gypsy.” I love to travel, addicted to the freedom that comes with being on the open road, destination unknown. Most people can’t stand being confined to an automobile for more than a few hours, but as long as I have my music, I cherish the time alone with my thoughts, fully immersed in the journey. I’ve been known to keep it movin’, and am always on the lookout for my next great adventure.
I was pretty mobile BEFORE I became a published author, but now that I’ve got a book to promote, I find that I’m on the road even more than usual. Book fairs and festivals have been lined up throughout the summer, giving me an excuse to flee town at regular intervals. So far in 2011 I’ve already been to Maui, Sedona (twice), DC/Maryland/Virgina (aka the DMV) and Houston, along with numerous trips to Southern California. Coming up we have Vegas, more Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta, Florida, a Caribbean cruise, and possibly a trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Like I said, I keep it movin’…

It’s an exciting way to live, but it can be tiring as well. For example, I haven’t spent a full weekend at home since May 14th. My garden and kitties are being seriously neglected, not to mention my local friends and family who I hardly ever see. But I know how blessed I am to have the opportunities and ability to travel extensively, so the last thing I’m going to do is complain.

It amazes me sometimes when I meet people who have never traveled outside of their home state or town. This world is so big, and while I get out more than the average person, I know I’ve only scratched the surface of all there is to see and experience. For example, now that I’ve pretty much conquered the United States, lol, I’m ready to fill up my passport with exotic locales. Oh, if only I could get a gig as a travel writer and get paid to jetset! THAT would be the life I tell you… talk about a dream job.

Anyhoo, I encourage everyone to make travel a priority. A lot can be learned by spending time outside your comfort zone, and I truly believe that worldly, well-rounded individuals (and hapa babies ;)) are the antidote to hate, bias and racism. This is your chance to contribute to world peace ya’ll! LOL

In closing, life is short… too short to spend in one place. So carpe diem! And please, feel free to hit me up anytime for travel tips!  Always happy to help others expand their horizons. :)

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