So…I kinda get around a bit! Or so I thought. Looking at my ‘countries visited so far’ map it seems like I’ve only just scratched the surface! 40 countries visited (not too shabby), 18.52% of the globe travelled to so far and there is still way too much grey on this map for my liking! I’m going to have to do something about that! That’s right Africa, The Pacific, and South America, I’m coming for you!
Which is where this site comes in. I want to explore a lot more of the world and share those experiences and stories here with you, in the hopes that it helps you do the same. Hold up! I’m getting way ahead of myself here. Where are my manners? Let me introduce myself. Hello my name is Cassandra and I am a habitual traveller [all together now (pretend that you are in your AA meeting) “Hello Cassandra”]. Well hello there, nice to virtually meet you. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for browsing, skimming, scanning, ingesting and adopting my blog pages. It is all appreciated and I hope to get to know you as you get to know me.
Ever since I was a little girl I always knew that home is where the heart is and that I am not bound by bricks and mortar, location dependency, or anything else trying to hold me down. I distinctly remember at the tender age of 8 I proclaimed that I would not be living in Manchester, England (my birthplace) for the rest of my life. I knew then that I belonged elsewhere. Cut to several years later and here I am, living in Luxembourg and have done so for the past decade and change…but it was not enough. It’s never been enough!
This is why I connect so much with the word Fernweh and its translation. A German word (one of the 3 official languages of Luxembourg b t dubs) that literally means far (fern) and pain (weh), farsickness. Nowadays the word Wanderlust has become synonymous with it, but I prefer the original meaning. That urge, need, desire to travel, explore, experience anything and everything that my heart desires. It has been my fuel for many a year and it’s what continues to drive me now.
I have walked along the Caribbean seabed in the Cayman Islands. Was almost robbed by Russian charlatans in the once named Leningrad. Geeked out at the famous San Diego Comic Con and got an elbow to the face at Notting Hill Carnival! All of these experiences, the good, the bad and sometimes the insane make for great stories, even greater memories, and the greatest lessons learned. Although, I could have done without the busted lip. That really hurt…like a lot!
I am not a journalist. I don’t think of myself as a writer. Hell…I’m barely a blogger! However what I am, is a realistic, open and honest voice on the world of a traveller and all things travel related. My hope is to not only inform and advise (you…my wonderful reader) but to also inspire, and maybe ignite any dormant travelling passions for those trepidatious few. I generally write how I speak. I don’t do text talk (ugh, I mean why does it even exist?), I bring humour to my story telling because, well…you’ve just got to laugh as the alternative is not an option, I tend to overuse the exclamation mark and ‘…’ in my writing (get used to it, it’s here to stay!) and…I gots layers yo! There’s, of course, a lot more to who I am and I hope that some of that will come across in my work.
So that’s a little bit about me. Please feel free to contact me and tell me a little about you and what you think about my blogs and my site content. Don’t worry, I don’t bite…much!
Happy Travels Peeps!