I’ve completed a 2+ year long career break between 2011 and 2014 traveling through South America, the U.S., Europe and Asia and here I am to share all of the stories and advice on everything from solo travel to road trips across Asia. I may be currently living and working in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, but the travel bug lives on and I’ll be cultivating my love for exploring the world whether it be through cuisine or the pitiful U.S. 2-week vacation allotment.
The Significance of ‘Globally Misguided’
I chose this specific title for my travel blog to pay homage to an inspirational song of my youth, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. At the time the song came out, I was a typical teenager who juggled extra-curricular activities along with self-esteem issues. I didn’t have a heartbreaking sob story, nor did I have some wildly scandalous upbringing of great privilege. I was a nutty teenager who didn’t understand the bigger picture, but the message in the song of looking within yourself for strength and pursuing your own destiny, spoke to me. To this day it still does, and preparing for the trip of the lifetime made me realize this completely.
After moving on from college to the corporate world the writing between the lines seemed to be informing me that the only way I could be satisfied, living the so-called ‘good life’, was embarking on a rigid path of climbing the corporate ladder, getting married, buying a house and producing babies. At first, I did seem to join the bandwagon for a short while until I realized that progression towards these benchmarks wasn’t actually improving my self-esteem or making me happy. I underwent a little self-led therapy session, which involved writing out my thoughts – how much I loved zip-lining in Costa Rica and eating tortellini in Bologna – the common theme I noticed was that I was focused on experiences that I decided were important, not on milestones that were important to others around me. Letting go of society’s expectations and restarting my life on my own misguided path turned out to be the way forward and I haven’t looked back since.
“But deep in my heart the answer, it was in me.
And I made up my mind to define my own destiny.” – Lauryn Hill