Welcome to Caffeine & a Carry On!

Hey! Welcome to the first post of Caffeine & a Carry On. You can learn the basics about me in this post. The goal of this blog is simply to document my ongoing travel experiences, both international and local. Okay, I know what you’re thinking…

Oh god, another travel blog?

Not really. My travel experiences, while adventurous for a plain jane Midwestern girl such as myself, are neither particularly cutting-edge nor nearly as prolific as many true travel bloggers – but they are my experiences and I’d like to keep a written record of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen along the way.

So why are you blogging?

In all honesty, I have ALWAYS been terrible about keeping a paper journal and find online journaling to be the most accessible to my personal taste and style – I’ve been writing online in some form or another for nearly 15 years. It’s what feels the most comfortable for me!

What are you going to blog about?

I’ve been oddly fortunate enough to have a bizarre variety of life experiences that I think some may find interesting (or…not). I left home at 17 to nanny full-time in New York City where I also fell into a job at a restaurant, traveled to China to perform with my university choir at the World Expo in Shanghai – yes, the same event for which the Eiffel Tower was built and was the basis of the musical Meet Me in St. Louis. I studied abroad in France where I learned a lot about the language, culture, and myself in the process. I’ve bobbled around Europe a little bit, but I hope to see much more in the near future. I also really enjoy exploring the communities around me as a sort of local tourist, so I plan to document all of these experiences here in the hopes that someone may find them interesting or useful!