Today on the RoamRight Travel Blog, we’re starting a brand new feature highlighting many of our fantastic writers. While you may read their articles every day, you may not know a lot about them and so we thought this would be a great way to properly introduce them to you all.
In no particular order, we are starting this series with Stephanie Yoder, the owner and editor of the popular travel blog Twenty-Something Travel. I first met Stephanie at a travel blogging conference more than five years ago, and ever since then have considered her to be one of my best blogging friends. She usually tells people that she’s just a girl who can’t sit still, and that’s true. Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Twenty-Something Travel. Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook or Google Plus.
Stephanie: When I was 24, I decided I wanted to quit my job and backpack around the world for a year. While I knew this was a common choice among Europeans and Australians, I didn't know anyone in the United States who was doing this sort of travel in their twenties. I started my blog as a way to write about my trip as well as to encourage other Americans to travel in their twenties. I've always loved to write so I was pretty excited when people actually seemed interested in what I had to say! Things grew from there and I never did end up going back to the rat race.
Stephanie: It's hard to pick one, but here's one that stands out: Standing on the Great Wall of China, panting from a 5-hour hike. I felt such a sense of achievement, not just from the hiking, but from the fact I had somehow managed to propel myself all the way to China on my own. I felt invincible.
Stephanie: When I went to Fiji my plane had to make an emergency landing because "the wings stopped working." It was kind of scary, but then quickly turned annoying as we all had to wait in line for 5 hours to go back through Fijian customs, only to turn around and get back on a new plane hours later!
Stephanie: I've been fairly fortunate but my husband is a bit more... unlucky? He's been hospitalized a couple of times in places like Thailand and Ecuador and both times we used travel insurance to help pay the costs.
Stephanie: That it's normal to feel anxiety or even fear before a big trip. That doesn't mean it's not worth doing. Getting past that fear and going anyway is the most important and rewarding part of travel.
Stephanie: Oh my gosh, that is extremely difficult. I would probably choose Italy. Even though I've been there many times, there are so many parts of it I still want to explore. I don't think I could ever get bored of Italy.
Stephanie: Here is a shot of me in Barcelona in May. The trip was originally supposed to be a romantic getaway with my husband, but the night before the trip he realized his passport had expired! While he scrambled around back home trying to get an emergency renewal, I went ahead to Spain. I missed him, but I actually had a wonderful time wandering around the city on my own.
Huge thanks to Stephanie not only for answering these questions so honestly, but for contributing to the RoamRight Travel Blog for so long. Check out more of her writing here on the RoamRight blog.
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A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.
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