If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m not the perfect traveler, and even less of a perfect travel blogger. I struggle to readjust every time I make a move, and this move back to my hometown of Seattle was probably the hardest. Both because of circumstances and finding that through travel, I’d become a completely different person, though I was in a familiar setting. Worst of all, there was one looming question - how am I going to keep myself relevant in the travel blog-o-sphere? I finally came upon the answer (which isn’t even the same answer that I had when I first drafted this) - I’m not. I’m no longer going to pressure myself to keep up this travel blog. Because we all saw that happened (read: nothing) when I tried.
Does this mean that I’m going to stop blogging? Not at all. I miss the creative outlet and the community. However, I will no longer label Kizzling Around as a travel blog - another reason I’m glad I didn’t cave and rename it something more generically travel-oriented. I don’t know what it’s going to be yet, and I’m okay with that.
Of course, I’ll still be donning my travel-colored glasses. I truly believe that travel is less of an action and more a state of mind. It’s getting a high from exploration, from trying something new, from having your eyes opened to new worlds.
All who wander are not lost. Those who stay put can still be explorers.
I’d love for you to continue this journey with me. If you’re looking for purely travel-related content, let me defer you to one of these blogs.
So as most of you have picked up, I’m in Seattle, coming full-circle from when I embarked on my travel journey 4 years ago. It is truly surprising to see how much I’ve changed in perspective and mind since I first boarded that flight to Nicaragua. When I came back (and picked myself back up), blaring at me was that growing up in the area, I’d completely taken Seattle’s beauty for granted.… and other things that I’ll list down below because basic b*tches love lists.
They say that when you have writer’s block, simply write about what you know. Well this, I know well.
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How to start an unsuccessful travel blog 101
Like most of my personal traditions, I didn’t start this one intentionally. I’d just so happened to have made it to two breweries in England each of the times that I’d been. I actually realized that it was a tradition of sorts for me on my most recent trip when I was bit disappointed when I realized that I might not make it to one. Lucky for me, When I messaged a friend to see what time we were going to meet up, he replied that he was free after visiting his friend’s brewery. What. I replied right away and begged him to take me. And that’s how I ended up at Brew By No. Continue reading
Hey guess what? I get really anxious when I travel. There. I said it. Yes, I’ve traveled a bit. And anxiety still gets the best of me every time.
Here’s a sadly accurate conversation that I have with myself in my head prior to most flights:
Wow. Booked. Did I even book it for the right day?
What if it’s the right day but the wrong year?
Can you even book things a year out?
I think it’s 9 months max so I’m okay. Continue reading
After living in NYC and now in Seattle, there’s no way I could escape becoming a bit hipster. If you follow me on instagram, you know that I love a good kale smoothie. For those of you who are skeptical about kale, try this smoothie. It will change your life. Or at least how you feel about kale. I especially love a good smoothie when it gets warmer so this has been a total go-to for me these past few weeks. Continue reading
I haven’t yet been fortunately enough to visit Sri Lanka myself, so I asked the lovely Yoshini of yoshinigcreative to share some of her favorite memories with us.
What’s your favorite memory associated with a place?
I used to go to the beautiful Yala National Park, down in the south when I was younger. We would road trip there with our extended family — with our caravan of cars, I remember it being an adventure just to get there! Once we were there, we’d rent bungalows and go on a Jeep safari tour with a guide, or just play in the ocean. At night my cousins and I—we were probably about 7-13 years old—would take flashlights and go into the jungle to look for snakes. Looking back on it now, it probably wasn’t the safest thing to do, but we loved it. Continue reading
If you follow any Seattleites on any social media channels, you probably already know that it was absolutely gorgeous this last weekend (see “summer” in this comic). It wasn’t just sunny. It was sunny, just warm enough, but cool enough to wear your beloved jeans and light jacket and so clear that all of the mountains were out. It was one of those days that makes you forget that it ever rains here and reminds you why you love living here.
I took advantage of the beautiful weather by laying on a dock in South Lake Union, reading a book and basking in the sun. I was soon joined by some friends, and we hopped onto the Ice Cream Cruise. Was it touristy? Sure. But did I also have the biggest grin on my face the whole time? Definitely. Continue reading
When you live in a city of planters, spring is undoubtedly the best season. Like many cities, there are cherry blossoms sprinkled about and like many cities, the cherry blossom festival committee struggles to find the right weekend where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. And who can blame them? With the climate changing, rather drastically at times, it’s becoming harder and harder to predict. Continue reading
One does not need to leave their home country to travel. In fact, sometimes you don’t even have to leave your city. A particular melting pot of cultures even within the US, the residents of New York City live among a myriad of cultures. In fact, some maps have been illustrated to show the trends of where ethnic populations congregate. The recent presence of Japanese culture in New York City is evident through a stroll down St Marks in the East Village and the constant flow of Japanese tourists in Times Square.
The history of the Japanese in New York goes as far back as 1860, when the Tokugawa shogunate sent samurai to New York City, where they were received by a parade that stretched up Broadway from the Battery. This was Japan’s first diplomatic mission to Japan and was more recently celebrated with an exhibition titled “Samurai in New York” and the Museum of the City of New York in 2010, 150 years after the voyage. Furthermore, 100 years after this commemorative date, New York became Tokyo’s first sister city. Continue reading
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