27.02.2009 - 30.03.2014
With overwhelming pride, I write these next words: My travel blog Wander Sphere is celebrating five years!
When I posted my first entry 61 months ago, I was an idealistic 23 year old trying to navigate post-college life during the Great Recession. I felt lost - caught between obligations and dreams. I recently had completed school with a degree in political science, but that is not the person who I became after graduation day. For four years, I thought I wanted to be a political reporter, but why did I feel so restless? It was an uncertain and confusing time in my life.
So, I did the most logical thing that a person named Rachel Wells would do: I took an impromptu trip, which turned out to be a life-changing experience full of important personal revelations: I was not lost after all - I was meant to wander, to explore. Funny how I found myself while getting turned around in West L.A. When I came home, I decided to follow my true passion - I started writing about my travels, beginning with my adventures in California; Washington, D.C.; Paris; London; Colorado and San Antonio.
I kept traveling, and I kept writing, while also balancing my day job. After a while, I found a rhythm with what I wanted to do. I saw and experienced many exciting new places, including New York City, Vancouver, San Francisco, Hawaii, Montreal, Seattle, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. Oh yes, and most recently: Philadelphia, from where I just returned a couple weeks ago. Some of my favorite memories over the past five years include ghost hunting on Oahu, celebrating New Years Eve in Montreal, spending three months traveling across the U.S. Southwest during last summer, and hiking from Los Feliz up to Griffith Observatory in L.A.
Has it always been an easy journey over the past few years? Of course not. It is never easy to deal with stress at the airport or to unpack after an amazing trip. There have been setbacks and disappointments. Also, some people do not understand what I do and why I love to do it. Does it bother me? Sometimes. Do I let it stop me? Absolutely not.
Through everything, travel has been my steadfast teacher and companion. I have been humbled when things did not go my way. I have learned to be resourceful when I miss the last train and need to figure out how to walk the long way home. I have tried speaking the native language in a foreign country, even when my pronounciation sucked. I have been self reliant while traveling by myself. I have learned customs of different cultures. I have marveled at gorgeous scenery. I have photographed unique sites. I have connected with people of all different backgrounds. I have had the most amazing adventures of my life. And with each new trip, I am reminded of what an incredible place our world is.
Five years later, with lots of cool experiences and more than 70,000 page views, this blog has exceeded my wildest dreams. I sincerely thank everyone who reads my blog, because it really does mean the world to me (no pun intended). My passion and my life is travel, and I know that I will continue to explore now and in the many years to come. So, where am I going next? In three weeks, my friend and I are taking a road trip Roswell, New Mexico and Marfa, Texas - I can't wait for an out of this world experience!