Some background on how this now-neglected blog came to be:
I’d been talking about taking a trip around the world since I worked on a horse farm in England during college. After that, I said I wanted to actually work in England and see the world when I graduated. Everyone (I use the term “everyone” loosely) told me to get a real job and be a responsible human being. So I did.
Fast forward … a few years … and after I’d lived in six states, my desire to travel hadn’t be met. Life made some big changes for me in a six-month period, including the death of a horse I’d loved for 16 years, a divorce, giving up my dog and a change in job responsibilities, and I decided it was time to hit the road. With some (read: a lot) of help from friends, I packed a rucksack and a loose plan for seven months of farming, writing and hashing abroad. (Hashing, dear readers, refers to the Hash House Harriers, a drinking group with a running problem that began in Malaysia in 1938 and now has kennels all over the world.)
My first seven months of long-term, independent travel (2011) took me to 10 countries, six farms and 13 hashes. In 2012, I worked, hashed and ate my way through the western U.S., Italy and Albania. I finished up that trip with working at a bakery and a horse farm in Greece in the last days of 2012 and early 2013. Much of 2013 through 2015 were spent working on a diversified, sustainable farm in the wilds of Kentucky. The end of 2014 and the start of 2015 was ruled by Road Trip: The Winter Edition, where I scoured the Southeast U.S. in search of warm weather, good food, better beer, fun hashing, all-around adventure and sustainable farming. The winter of 2015-2016 and the beginning of 2017 were spent in Puerto Rico—my first two of what I’m positive will be many Caribbean escapes—where I worked on a farm, got to know people doing good things for the terrifyingly dismal food system, worked at a hostel and a guesthouse, got robbed, and had the most fun I’ve ever had while traveling (all at the same time).
My travels aren’t only about fun and vagabond games. I actually get out there to learn about sustainable living, agriculture and food systems around the world, and I still work as a freelancer as I go. I’m a sustainability junkie and ag geek as well as a freelance writer and editor. Isn’t it nice when your life, your livelihood and your passion intersect? (If you don’t know the answer to that question, don’t wait another day to start seeking it.)
Life has quieted a bit and has me back on a farm in Kentucky, which is nice. I’m probably not done traveling, but I don’t have any long-term plans right now. At the moment, I’m also kind of taking a hiatus from the blog. Simplifying, is how I like to think about this move. There are only so many minutes to fit in so many moments, and I want to make the most of them. So follow me on the Instagram for some photos of where I’ve been, but please don’t abandon this blog entirely! I’ll probably come back here some day.
All photos are (c) Lisa Munniksma, unless otherwise labeled.