“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc
It is with excitement that I welcome you to the relaunch of Alycat’s Walkabout! I have been steadily working to repurpose this blog for the last several months. My vision and goal is to turn Alycat’s Walkabout into an information source for travelers. Whether traveling locally, across the country or around the world, I want to help people get the most out of their excursions.
Alycat’s Walkabout began in early 2014 after I decided to take six weeks off to volunteer in Australia and New Zealand. It was a dream trip for me, No. 1 on my bucket list. I so desperately wanted a true feel for Australia: the culture, the outdoors and the wildlife. In my mind, there was no better way to get immersed in a place than to work and hang out with the people who live there. So I reached out to four non-profit groups who all had missions that I strongly supported and volunteered my photo and video skills. Knowing that this would be a significant, potentially life changing adventure, I created the Alycat’s Walkabout blog to document the trip as it unfolded. It was my hope that the blog would inspire others to not just travel and explore, but work to protect the things that makes each place so special.
When I returned, I began to reflect on what my adventure meant to me. It truly was life changing. People were eager to hear about my trip: the things I did, the people I met. They asked how I planned my trip, how I budgeted and if I was scared. I found myself talking to more and more people, encouraging them to jump in and go. I was spending countless amounts of time explaining how to get the most of trips and where to go for that true local feel.
Alycat’s Walkabout has now taken on a new meaning. My one life changing trip has turned into a lifetime adventure. I have realized that the walkabout didn’t end once I left Australia. The walkabout continues each time I jump in the car or on a plane, setting out to explore some place new.
The Alycat’s Walkabout blog will be updated regularly with stories, photos and traveling tips. Each time I visit a new city, I will write about my experiences and try to give you information from both sides—as a tourist or a local. I will also include tips to help you make the most of your visit to that specific place. When I am not on the road, you can expect tips, reviews and tools to help you plan your next adventure as well as interviews with folks from around the world.
I hope you will join me on Alycat’s Walkabout and that it inspires you to get out and explore!