About Me & the Site
“Whoever you are,
some evening take a step outside of your house,
Which you know so well.
Enormous space is near—”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
A Little About Me
I began traveling when I was 19 years old – solo. That is how I got the travel bug.
I traveled for the better part of a decade, stopping briefly for graduate school. Then, after a year in Bahrain, I came home for a visit and got stuck. All of the things I had avoided until I was nearly 30 happened – I got a car, a house, and began acquiring other debt.
I became employed, lost my job twice – once due to changes in the economy after September 11th, and once due an unethical person. Subsequently, I owned two companies – one was in technology consulting and the other was in aquariums and ponds.
My background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in German, a Master’s Degree in International Studies (specialization Africa), and a second Master’s program in Education K-12. I don’t technically hold a degree in Education because I decided to take a specialization in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. While my hours exceeded the number required for the degree, I didn’t get one course finished before I accepted a job overseas.
When I got stuck at home after living in Bahrain, I tried to convince myself that this is what people do. People don’t get the luxury of traveling the world their whole lives. Eventually, I told myself, you have to settle down and ‘become an adult.’
I was miserable. With every passing year, it became harder and harder to extricate myself from my life, until one day when I couldn’t take it any longer and I snapped. In one fell swoop, I closed my business, sold my things and my house, bought an RV and hit the road – and I couldn’t be happier.
Keeping warm on the Washington coast. I wore this hat all winter, but mostly to hide a terrible haircut I got in Aberdeen.
Finding the slowest gas pumps and worst hairdressers in town are among my many superpowers.
My travel companions: Chitlin’ (top, now deceased) and Golda napping on one of
their many beds
throughout the RV.
About My Blog
Life, Other Than chronicles a 10,000+ mile solo RV trip through North America to Alaska and back, tells the tale of a solo backpacking trip through Africa, describes what it’s like to camp on the ice in Antarctica, and lots more.
Life, Other Than recounts humorous tales of everything from digestion issues to wrong turns, and is filled with descriptions and pictures of nature that will leave you in awe. It also examines serious themes of relationships and wanders through the philosophical questions about life, love, and what makes us do the stupid things we do.
Having a Glass of Wine and Journaling
by the Chilkat River, Haines, Alaska.
We only get one shot at life.
One day I decided not to
take mine for granted any longer.
In one respect, Life, Other Than is a blog about one woman’s solo travels around the world.
More importantly, it is about escaping the life we hate in order to find the life that we are meant to live.
I hope that reading it will make you challenge your beliefs about what you think you want out of life and will leave you planning your own such trip.