I’ve been a wanderer all of my life; fact is, I was never a big fan of settling down, afraid that I might miss something important. That’s why, at the age of 28, I found myself driving around southeastern Alaska, hopping from city to city on a ferry, and basically heading into the backcountry without a care about where I was going or what might happen.
I’m 50 now. And man, am I surprised that I’m still alive. There are a lot of things that you do differently with 20 more years of experience—things that, if you have common sense in the first place, you probably already know. Like taking a map. And knowing how to read it. And letting someone—anyone—know where you’re going to be if you decide to take off on a hike in unfamiliar territory. Oh, and staying hydrated.
I’m embarrassed, and slightly proud, to admit that I survived screwing up all of these things. But being lucky is not the same as being prepared…and being prepared is much, MUCH, more important.
Age may just be a number, but hopefully, with added years comes extra wisdom. Have you learned anything important about travel as you got older?
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Freelance writer. Road tripper. Travel diva. Dog rescuer. Writes for food or kibbles and bits. Based out of Pittsburgh, PA, via Juneau, AK, Vanessa has been a freelance writer for more than 25 years, and has been published in many diverse publications,including GEEK, Recreation News, CATS, VFW magazine, the Antique Trader and more. An avid traveler, she always brings home amazing memories...and often more dogs. Follow Vanessa on her blog, Mood Swings and Other Things, on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.
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