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 my way through the western U.S., Italy and Albania. I finished up that trip with Greece in the last days of 2012 and early 2013. Now that I’m back in the U.S., I’m taking on seven months of working/interning on a diversified, sustainable farm in the wilds of Kentucky. I’ll squeeze in a road trip here and there to fill my need for adventure, but for 2013, it’s going to be mostly farming, most of the time.
My travels aren’t only about gypsy fun and vagabond games, after all. I’m actually out here 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.)
Say hello to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All photos are (c) Lisa Munniksma, unless otherwise labeled.