I am not the ideal traveler: I’m cheap, I’m easily dehydrated, and mosquitos find my blood delicious. I have a magpie-ish tendency to acquire objects and I get whiny when I’m hungry or tired. I don’t like talking to strangers and I don’t like sensible shoes. But traveling is also when I become my best self. I was a notoriously picky eater until I studied abroad and got over it; I rarely drive, but I gathered my courage to road trip through Ireland; I met my best friend on a tram in Hungary. While bouncing through an uneven career path, travel has become a paradoxical constant: it’s the one thing I’m always working towards. Every place I go makes me hungry for more.
I was cruising along with that Someday way off in a foggy distant dreamland when one Tuesday morning I got called into the conference room at work and introduced to the HR representative who was about to hand me and five coworkers our walking papers. Downsizing meant that, suddenly, my job had quit me.
After the initial six or seven hours of blind panic, I got to work trying to work. I was pounding the pavement hard, and the freelance gigs were rolling in, “just to tide me over,” I thought. But an idea started germinating.
If not now, I figured, in thirty years. I didn’t give myself time to think too hard, and I bought a ticket!
But I can tell you this for sure: when my Someday came along, I wasn’t waiting for another one.
Who is Lauryn Mac?
Lauryn Mac is not only the author of this blog for Groupit Travel, but she is also a writer, photographer and traveler extraordinaire! She is getting ready to embark on a 4-month travel adventure to Oceania and Southeast Asia as a solo traveler. You can follow her adventure on social media where she will be blogging, vlogging, and sharing photos exclusively for Groupit Travel. #justgolauryn #roadlaurrior