“Not all those who wander are lost”
— J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m Abby: traveling bookworm and Embarrassing Situation Creator extraordinaire. I have no filter and am excited to finally have a platform where I can swear.
I’m warning you in advance here.
Outside of my belief in swearing— I don’t know why I’ve talked about swearing for so long— I believe in travel and literature. By “believe in,” I mean that both have made me a happier, more open-minded, and adventurous person. So, I intend to do both for as long as I can.
And so Bibliophile Abroad was born.
While I’ve always loved to read, I never really travelled until I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain my second year of college in 2016. Going in, I had no self-confidence. I didn’t believe in myself, or my ability to do things on my own. Until I suddenly had to. By the end of my four months in Spain, I stopped having panic attacks at the thought of being alone in a foreign country, and finally started traveling alone.
IN those four months, I was able to go to France, Italy, Morocco, and the Czech Republic. I think it was somewhere in the Sahara Desert when my travel addiction was born.
Since then, I have continued to travel solo. I got three separate jobs to fund my adventures, earned an English-teaching certification in Buenos Aires, and am looking forward to returning to Spain for grad school. Needless to say, if there was ever a time for me to start a travel blog, it would be now…maybe it was a year ago, but I’m a serious procrastinator.
- To Remember— I never want to forget the amazing things I’ve been lucky enough to experience.
- To Teach— I’ve made A LOT of mistakes along the way. Hopefully, I can stop you from making the same ones. No need for both of us to lose $50 to a cab driver because they told you there was a flat rate to Vatican City WHICH DOES NOT EXIST.
- To Inspire— It wasn’t until I started traveling alone that I finally felt good about myself and where I was going. It became something I was passionate about and willing to work for. I want this for other people. Hopefully, by reading this blog, you’ll be inspired to pursue whatever makes you the best version of yourself too.
- To Help EVERY Type of Traveler— One thing I’ve noticed about many travel blogs is a sort of travel-snobbery. “Off-the-beaten-track,” backpacking travel always seems to be promoted over tours and touristy destinations. Well, I love every type of travel. I love tours just as much as I love randomly showing up somewhere and hoping I don’t die. So, I’m going to be 100% honest in every post. I will let you know if I took a tour, and exactly which tour it was.
- To Get People to Read, Dammit— Like I said, reading is just as important as traveling. So, every once in a while, I will attempt to create a reading list. The books on this list could be chosen if the author is from the country I’m visiting, because the book was set in that country, or because the movie was (SPOILER ALERT: When I finally make it to New Zealand, the reading list will solely be The Lord of the Rings).
So what I mean to say is…I’M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!…and you’re invited.