In a nutshell…
Oh, hello there. I’m Caitlin, a 26 year old hailing from the Pacific Northwest, which of course means that when spotted in my natural habitat I am with a coffee in one hand, a book in the other and can be found thrifting, cheering for the Seahawks, hiking in the mountains and exploring new places.
In a little more detail…
My first trip overseas was a celebration of sorts; post-college graduation, pre-real life, if you will. With a bag on my back, my best friend by my side and a gnome in my hand, I explored places I had only once dreamed of seeing. All those fancy calendar pictures and jaw-dropping desktop screensavers I had surrounded myself with were suddenly real and tangible. It was incredible to say the least.
And that’s when I got bit by the travel bug. Okay, kind of. Not really.
As most vacations go, I returned home from Europe with the underlying intention of staying put and had even conveniently landed a job that fit snuggly under my degree’s description: mental health case manager in jail transition services. Pretty Bachelors in Psychology and Criminal Justice, am I right? I enjoyed it and learned an incredible amount about the field of work, career possibilities, and also the unfortunate state of America’s healthcare and incarceration system.
I also learned that a “normal” career wasn’t for me, at least not right now.
So, on a slow day at the office I purchased a one-way ticket to Costa Rica (I hope my former boss doesn’t read that one day) and I began preparing for my trip to volunteer abroad with special needs individuals, a population I have worked extensively with and am passionate about.
And THAT’S where I was hardcore bitten by the bug. (The travel bug and also by every mosquito and sandfly residing in Central America…) From there I made my way to Peru, then did a hop and a skip to Iceland, then realized that I’m really bad at sitting still and ended up in Southeast Asia.
Maybe I’ll settle down in one place someday soon, but for now I’m happy to not settle anywhere, or for anything, in particular. I’m finding a bucketful of happiness by indulging in my curiosities one adventure (or misadventure), beer and quirky thing at at time.
Thanks for stopping by and please don’t be shy, it makes me real happy to meet fellow bloggers (and non-bloggers too, of course) who share a similar passion for travel and zest for life! Say hello! Unlike the bugs in Costa Rica, I promise I don’t bite.