3162810-big4Wander for Life

Wander for Life has a double meaning. Not only do I travel, but also, travel brings joy to my world. Exploring new cultures and cuisines, meeting new people and places, seeing what’s around the next bend, makes my life worth living.

This can’t be all there is: Plan B

Atlanta, GA is a city I love and lived there longer than anywhere else in my adult life. At the beginning of 2013, I had a condo in the ATL, a secure cubical job, even a pension. I had everything I needed plus more stuff than I could keep track of. it was clean, organized and safe. And my life was mind-numbingly boring. My passion is travel, foreign cultures and ethnic cuisines. I had a side business for a few years, Atlanta Culinary Tours, which helped keep me busy, but at some point, that simply wasn’t enough. I wanted to travel more–and not just during my 2-3 weeks of vacation. I wanted to live long enough in several new countries to get to know the area and–most importantly–the people.

I created a plan to escape.

I saved money, learned to get along with less and refined my plan. In Oct 2013, I sold my condo and gave away most of my belonging. In January 2014, I quit my job and began living Plan B: life as a Professional Vagabond. Starting March 1 2014, I put on my walking shoes, filled a backpack and began hiking the Appalachian Trail under the trail name of Plan B. I had hoped to hike the entire length of the AT in one go, but a foot injury forced me off the trail after 1,405 miles. I still hope to return and finish the trail.

At the moment, I’m staying with friends, getting over my foot injury, and working on an overseas work visa. I’m getting used to living out of a suitcase instead of a backpack. Soon I’ll start my travels. I plan to fund my new life by writing (I’ve published two books!), teaching English and living frugally. Expect to see me House Sitting, couch surfing, camping, WWOOFing and volunteering in exchange for room and board. Crazy? Probably. But sanity is over-rated, anyway. And it should be quite an adventure.

The Blog

The focus of the blog for the past summer has been hiking the Appalachian Trail. Soon I’ll be posting about teaching English as a way to travel the world and get to know new cultures, countries and cuisines. Earlier posts were about Frugal Living, Frugal Travel, Backpacking Gear and learning to live an Ultra-Lite Life. I’ve posted my world travels and my explorations of Atlanta including Things to do in the ATL, Atlanta Metro Restaurants and Atlanta History. Please comment and share your ideas on any of my posts.

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  1. Your experiences now will be great stories when you are in Maine! Hope your trip will exceed even your wildest expectations. Take care, drink lots of fluids, and don’t to forget to use your Chapstick!!! Evil grin…….

    1. When they went through my pack, there were THREE tubes of lip balm! My feet may hurt, but my lips are moist!

  2. Hello Beth. I just read thru all the posts on your blog. It’s very well written…an easy read. My hiking partner and I are starting at Springer around the first of April, give or take a week depending on weather. My wife is going to meet up with us from time to time to visit and re-supply us. I wish you luck and look forward to meeting you.

    1. I had planned to start April first, but have managed to move the date up to March 22. Hope to run into you along the trail. I’m a slow hiker, so you are bound to catch up to me. Wish I had someone to help with re-supplies, but I’m sure I’ll manage.

  3. Wonderful, Beth! So happy for your journey and wishing you profound blessings along the way.

    Rita Lewis
    Bloomfield Class of 1976

  4. So happy to see another face going to hit the trail you will be leaving after my hubby and I but we are hiking slow so you just might see us some where out there :) Slow and easy does it until we get a new name from the trail.

    1. Slow and Easy are GREAT names. Hold onto them until/if something better comes along! I’m starting off with Plan B, but that can always change! I do hope to meet you on the trail, but it’s hard to imagine a slower hiker than I am! Best Wishes and Best of Luck!

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