Livin’ on the Edge: Lindsay

Lindsay lives, works, and writes from within the confines of the beautiful, brilliant, and thrilling city limits of Chicago, IL. A product of jetsetting parents and the U.S. Air Force, she lived at 22 different addresses before the age of 22. Lindsay took her first solo trip abroad when she was just 11 years old to Pohang, South Korea. Doctors assume this is likely where she was first infected with the travel bug.

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Why I Travel

Before traveling I never really knew who I was. I couldn’t tell you what made me different than any of the billions of other people on the planet. I struggled to find happiness, was ridiculously unconfident, and I was falling behind all my friends on the whole marriage, baby, and adulting thing. I poured myself into my work and because I didn’t make a lot of money, I didn’t think travel was ever in the cards.

“When you travel far enough, you meet yourself.” –David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

When I moved to Chicago, I met some truly remarkable people who inspired me to give my life meaning; to indulge in interests with fervor; to live fearlessly; and to stop making excuses which inhibit my personal exploration. By seeing the world, I’ve gained appreciation for culture, experiences, nature, communication, people, history, friendships, beauty, and so much more. Most important of all, I’ve learned to treasure the limited time I’ll get here; I’ve realized I’m exactly where I’m meant to be; and I’ve found that I’m my happiest when I’m wandering worldwide.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then makes you a storyteller.” –Ibn Battuta

Five Favorite Places I’ve Traveled To:

  1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. Blue Lagoon – Iceland

  3. Cinque Terre, Italy

  4. Sedona, Arizona

  5. San Francisco, California

Best Travel Memory

In February 2015, my friend/colleague Michele and I took a trip to Arizona for a long weekend away from the daily grind and the cold in Chicago. We spent a few days hiking in Sedona. As neither of us had ever been, we saved one day for seeing and exploring the  South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

When we arrived at the visitors center, we walked out to Mather’s Point and just as we approached the edge, the clouds rolled in and we couldn’t see a thing. From what we were told, it was a weather phenomenon called “total cloud inversion.” It occurs when clouds are forced down into the canyon and warm air above prevents them from rising. They said it was unlikely that it would clear out before sundown.

Although we were completely unsure if we’d be able to see anything – we decided to hike the Grand Canyon anyway. It was terrifying. The cliffs are steep, the paths were super muddy and slippery, and we could only see about 5 feet in front of us. We trudged on. Eventually, we were below the clouds and got the views we came for. It was breathtaking.

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Favorite Quote

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” –Chris McCandless

Who’s Your Travel Soulmate?

I’ve written extensively about how selecting an ideal travel partner is one of the most crucial components of travel planning. The person you’re with can make or break your trip, and I am so lucky to have found mine in my blogging companion – Katy.

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Katy + I – Minding the Gap in London