Why are you going on this trip?
The purpose of this trip is multifaceted. As an artist and anthropologist, I am interested in why humans create and how cultural identity informs creative process. I will explore different countries, create art, conduct research, try to learn languages, and collaborate with artists and communities. My primary goal is to learn…about everything. The research that I gather during this trip is in conjunction with my graduate school coursework for 2016-17 and what I learn will be used to inform future research and writing, including my doctoral dissertation.
Which countries are you traveling to?
I will start in South America then travel west to South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe then Africa. My schedule is fluid by design so instead of publishing my planned itinerary beforehand, I will only write about places that I actually visit as my plans could change by the day.
How are you paying for your trip?
I am funding this trip independently. For the past 2+ years, I have been saving and researching how to travel long term on a budget. My approach is to be low-maintenance, which should allow me to meet my goals.
How can I keep up with where you’re going?
Internet access may be unreliable in some places but I will do my best to keep up with social media. This blog will be the dedicated place where I will post updates specifically regarding the trip.
What is the timeline for your trip?
I will leave the country at the end of June 2016 and return home to New York City at the beginning of July 2017.
Why are you traveling alone, won’t you get lonely?
“You seem embarrassed by loneliness, by being alone. It’s only a place to start!” (If you know what movie this line is from, we can be friends.)
Many people have told me that they couldn’t possibly go on a trip alone. I have been traveling solo for several years and I’ve found that some of my most productive and fulfilling trips have been when I was by myself. I feel like wherever I am is home.
What are you taking on the trip?
Erykah Badu said, “pack light” and that has long since been my m.o. Part of preparing for this trip included learning what I can do without. I have been training for this. I have strategically
stuffed placed everything so neatly that I think even a TSA agent would be impressed. My luggage includes one carry-on bag and one regular sized back pack.
What will you do when you return to the U.S.?
I will continue coursework for my graduate program, independent creative projects, educational initiatives and research.
Are you scared?
Yep, I’m a little nervous. With long term travel, there are so many variables that are beyond my control, which is both scary and exciting.
What are you doing to ensure your safety?
I packed some nunchucks. Just kidding. I will move about the world the same way as when I’m at home in New York City; being cautious and alert at all times, avoiding unsavory environments and adhering to the laws and cultural norms.
(That last question was for my mom.)