A year abroad in Germany, 11 countries, and 11 US states. It’s a modest start, but it was only meant to be the beginning. I started my travel blog, The Clever West Wind, in November of 2019. And then 2020 happened. (Cue dramatic music.)
The pandemic has taught us all to adapt, whether we like it or not. And I realized I had to decide if I was going to abandon my new travel blog or adapt and grow. Spoiler alert: I chose the latter. I further honed my travel blog to focus on PNW travel, with the occasional international highlights.
In spending more time closer to home the past two years, I deepened my appreciation of how beautiful and amazing the PNW truly is.
And that love and appreciation started to inspire a desire to protect our beautiful planet, while still enjoying it. So I started learning about how best to travel sustainably.
Of course, as travel starts to open up again, I hope to start traveling more, but doing so responsibly.
I love learning about and experiencing new cultures. I am some unnatural combination of a practical romantic, if there can be such a thing. And I can be a bit quirky at times. Just in case you hadn’t already noticed, I sometimes feel things too passionately for my own good. But I promise I will give you an honest, raw, although imperfect, description of the world from my nerd’s-eye view.
I hope to see as many countries and learn as many languages as I can before I lay to rest, and this is an account of that journey. I hope you find my travel blog of interest and of some use in your own travels. Welcome to the journey!