People have started asking the question "why are you doing this road trip?"
My answer: I have a business that allows me to get up and go...and so why not go? I’ve been in NYC for ten years and I can tell you it has it’s traps: the cost of living is high and space is at such a premium that it seems like we live on top of one another. Sometimes the signs are pointing to the door, telling you to go! An unexpected series of events with my new apartment made it possible for me to leave. I had moved into a new apartment in March, but by May I was having mold issues and had to move out. Summer apartment hunting is the worst, as rents spike and I was having no luck on the usual apartment hunting sites. After just completing an apartment search, the reality of doing it again was a nightmare. Have you ever tried to find an apartment in NYC? I hope you never have to!
I decided to leave for the summer and see if would be possible to live in a few places around the USA on a tight budget. I put everything I own in storage by June 5th and started planning. I knew I wanted magical landscapes, history and interesting culture and I also knew that I wanted to be somewhere in the Southwest. I am definitely getting all of that here in Taos, New Mexico where I’ve been living and working for the past few weeks, along with Michele who works for Designhype. (Side note: she’s also an avid traveler and wanted to hit the road for a bit and ended up being able to sublet her place for a few months!)
Not everyone decides to take a road trip when they can’t find an apartment, but I’m a traveler and so it was right for me. Travelling is my passion because it leads to experiencing my world differently. As a designer, it’s how I gain a fresh perspective on solo female travel: through meeting interesting women along the way, talk about their needs, their fears, their passions and what keeps them traveling. By staying dialed in to the anxiety, fear, exuberance, excitement of traveling again, I can speak about it genuinely. I’ve been traveling my entire life but lately I’ve been occupied and distracted by living in New York City. I needed to get back out. This is a reminder of why I love what I do, why wanting to help women feel safe and comfortable is paramount. Because, let’s face it, we all experience fear and anxiety to some degree when traveling alone. Stay tuned for a follow up post on how other people’s thoughts on women’s solo travel has transferred onto us on our journey’s as well.