Through the many traveling adventures I’ve gone on and the many different people, cultures and parts of the world I have seen, I am fully convinced that traveling changes your perspective of life. Traveling has challenged me and everything I thought I knew when I lived under the security of my family and friends back at home.
All we really know about life and how the world works is what we see from our own perspective based on where we were raised and where we live. Coming from a small town, I never realized how uneducated I was about the world and the way life in a big city operates until I moved from my small town fresh after college.
The world around us is vast and yet has much to teach us if we are willing to listen to the lessons. Being around different people and different cultures will stretch you and make you wiser. Although the end result is great, amid the process isn’t. There are times when I would say to myself, “Michele Frazier, what do have you gotten yourself into this time?” because stretching yourself and your comfort zone hurts.
Despite all this, traveling to different parts of the world and witnessing other ways of life has changed my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s not all that often that a travel blogger finds applicable advice from the commercial real estate brokerage industry, but there are always circumstances in which the principles that guide someone in one specific endeavor wind up being useful on a universal basis. Such was the case with the principles espoused by Jared Londry in several articles detailing his involvement as a representative of the sellers in a number of commercial real estate transactions, and it turned out that several of these principles were quite valuable when applied during a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail.
After learning about the availability of a SouthPark property and the $39.5-million sale of several Fort Mill office buildings, Londry’s involvement in so many high-value commercial property transactions underscored the true value of land that is ideally suited for a specific purpose. Obviously, the commercial real estate properties in which Londry represented the sellers were exceptional properties for very specific commercial purposes, which helps to illustrate how valuable the land that makes up the whole of the Appalachian Trail is with regard to hiking and backpacking.
It should be plainly evident that for a commercial real estate sale to yield such an impressive figure an outstanding broker has to be principally involved, in much the same way any extended trip along the Appalachian Trail will be a far better experience when a skilled backpacker who is familiar with the area is a part of the traveling group. So while comparing the Appalachian Trail to commercial real estate seems inherently difficult, it is also clear that there are some striking similarities that can benefit a traveler capable of recognizing those subtle characteristics that many others would not readily notice.
With 2015 behind us along with so many of the amazing people I have met in other states, I have been thinking what I want to accomplish with this brand new year. When I began my journey with the goal to travel to every state in the U.S., I didn’t allow myself enough time. In other words, I got started late.
Since last year, I have traveled to Florida, New Orleans (I wonder what happened to the Old Orleans), South Carolina, Georgia, New York (Old York?), Alabama and many other wonderful states and cities and people I have met within them.
My new goals for 2016 are to travel along the west side of the Country. I want to visit places I’ve always had questions about and answer those questions for myself. For example, how much rain does Oregon and Washington get? Which state gets the most rain? I’m taking the advice of Arturo Alvarez Demalde who once said, “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” or at least that’s the first I have heard those words. They make sense.
This new year is full of promises, but while I come up with places I want to visit, I’m currently on the way back home to Nebraska. In order to prepare for another long journey, this time to the west, I have to make a visit to my home base to load up on supplies. I hope you are ready to follow along with these adventures as I travel.
At dawn, we ride!
I have always considered myself somewhat “outdoorsy,” but I never really had the opportunity to take an extended trip in which most nights were spent sleeping in a tent or under nothing more than the empty sky. I decided that a trip to Australia’s East Coast would be an ideal place to make an honest attempt at a relatively lengthy backpacking trip, and I am happy to report that I learned so much during my travels and am already looking forward to my next backpacking trip.
On my second day in Australia, I began walking a trail that I would follow for the majority of the coastal route I had outlined. I met a lot of wonderful characters along the way, including a runner named Stuart Lyall who helped me gather up my things after I tipped over from the unevenly distributed weight in my pack. I also met a few other backpackers who joined me for long stretches of the trip and were incredibly kind in sharing so many interesting stories to help pass the time.
I spent a total of 20 days on the trail without giving in to the temptation to wander off and find a hotel for the night. Even during a rare downpour I felt so grateful for the opportunity to experience nature in this way, and I urge anyone who has ever considered a backpacking trip to start making plans today! It doesn’t have to be some far-off land like Australia to be an enjoyable or thrilling experience, as a number of the Australians I met during my trip had just as much fun while walking the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail.
Let’s place a quick game, shall we? I never stop doing homework. I am responsible for the advancement of lives, particularly in young ones. I have early mornings and long nights. I have roughly 14 children. What am I? I am a teacher and I love it!
I have been a teacher for as long as a remember, but more specifically it was around 10 years ago when I signed, “Michele Frazier” on the line to confirm my oath to serve my community in one of the biggest ways possible—being a teacher to many innocent young. I’ll need to eventually bring my roadtrips to a close soon because I’m missing my students. I’m taking advantage of this time off.
Being a teacher is one of those things you don’t just learn, you have to have it. Of course, you still have to go to school for it and I can promise you that passion to be a teacher will triumph over talent to be a teacher every time. The one who has the passion and the desire to see their goal through will succeed.
We have been gone from home for about a month. This is crazy! Time had really flown and it just reminds us why we are taking this epic adventure. It’s because life is here and gone in a flash, you blink and it’s gone. Rather than staying home, my husband and I decided to take to the road to experience life and the world as it was given to us.
Although traveling is so much fun, we are starting to miss our home Nebraska as well as our friends and family. The plan is to probably go home for a little while and take care of chores. I’m sure the gross is most definitely beyond our knees now. We still want to travel. Next we are going West!
Guys and girls, if you haven’t been to NYC then you must seriously go! This place is filled with everything! I know I say that about other places, but this is the real deal. I don’t think I’ll be able to eat at every establishment like I had planned. One of the friend I have met while being here has told me that there are so many places to eat in NYC that you could eat at a different place every day for the rest of your life and still not have eaten everywhere in the city. That is unreal to fathom!