Traveling is Possible ProvesWorking Class American Anna Daugherty
23 March 2017 | Anna Daugherty
Name: Anna DaughertyCurrent Age: 24Gender: FemaleNationality: American
Age When First Traveled: 20Time Spent Traveling: Collectively, 6 months-ish?Countries Traveled: 25Class When 1st left: Working Class
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Who was the most fascinating person you met on the road? What made him/her fascinating and how did you meet him/her? We are both introverts and mostly stuck to ourselves, but we do meet people here and there. While we enjoy meeting fellow travelers, it’s usually locals who can tell the most interesting stories. I love to find out how someone got to where they are, and what they’re passionate about. For example, while we were driving to Big Bend National Park, we stopped at a pizza place about an hour outside of the park (it was the last place to eat before the long, deserted road to the park). When we pulled up, we almost didn’t go in because it just looked like someone’s house. But a small sign indicated that they served pizza, so we tried it out. We found out the couple that lived there and ran the place had decided to open a pizza restaurant without any experience (which made their fantastic pizza that much more impressive). Because we were the only ones there on that quiet afternoon, we got to hear stories about their families, how they ended up in the area, the time they spent building houses out of recycled paper and concrete...by the time we left, we’d had a true touch of the quirkiness that makes up southwest Texas. It set the mood for a fun weekend filled with surprises. What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? One of my favorite memories is actually from a more local trip on a three-day weekend. Last summer, we headed from our home in Austin, TX to Big Bend National Park for the weekend of our 5th anniversary. Even though we are both Texans, we had never been to this park on the border. We had never seen the mountains of Texas, or the Rio Grande river. And when we got there, we couldn’t believe what we’d been missing out on. It was beautiful! It reminded us of the depth and richness you can find in traveling locally. Without language barriers, time zones to cross, or other difficulties of international travel, we were able to dive in a little deeper into the local culture. Hiking the Chisos mountains, wading through murky rivers, driving to the top of cliffs, picnicking at an old trading post and stargazing in the middle of nowhere were all such amazing experiences. We felt like we were connecting with our true Texan roots. We didn’t know it yet, but it turned out to be our last anniversary to celebrate alone! As we near our 6th anniversary with a baby on the way, we treasure the memories of that weekend even more. Never waste a weekend! If you could travel anywhere in the world where money wasn’t an issue, where would you be and what would you be doing? In essence, describe your idea of the perfect traveling experience. Right now we’re expecting our first baby in a few weeks and hope to take her traveling later this summer. We’re looking for a place that is family-friendly and not too far to travel to. So we’re considering spending about a week either in the Caribbean or Canada. If money (and some extra time) was not an issue, I’d probably opt for exploring the more remote parts of Canada, visiting some of their famous national parks and hoping to spot the Aurora Borealis along the way. We love being outdoors and exploring nature wherever we go!
About Anna:A born and raised Texan, Anna is a University of Texas graduate with a journalism degree and a love of traveling. As a freelance journalist, she loves to share others’ stories and write positive cultural and humanitarian pieces. As a travel blogger over at Latitude, she’s passionate about informing others and helping the world seem more connected and less frightening. Currently living in Austin with her husband Scott, Anna hopes to inspire people to explore the world, whether it’s down the street or around the globe. Follow Anna at:
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