So, you’re the new 52 Places to Go Traveler! How are you feeling heading into the journey?
Elated and terrified — however I hold coming again to elated, which is an efficient factor. I’ve solely been to 5 of the locations on the list, and people are principally in america. I’m so grateful to The Instances for selecting me to go on this loopy journey.
I’m positive I’m like lots of people from middle- and working-class backgrounds in that I’d actually dreamed of touring around the globe — I simply by no means thought it will occur. I grew up in part of New Mexico the place herds of cattle would simply wander into our yard. I went straight from faculty to working as an editorial assistant at New York journal, and on the time I used to be simply throwing concepts on the wall, able to take no matter job got here my approach. I by no means thought I’d spend 17 years falling in love with journalism and studying from a number of the smartest individuals I’ve ever met. (Or that I’d get to hang out with Stevie Nicks.) However I additionally knew after I noticed the 52 Locations itemizing, that I’d discovered the one factor that I wouldn’t have the ability to flip down if I have been fortunate sufficient to get it.
Inform us a little bit about how your skilled background shall be an asset.
The initial job posting that stated The Instances was searching for somebody with “the flexibility to parachute into a spot and distill its essence,” and I keep in mind pondering, I’ve accomplished that for years! (Had I recognized that 13,000 individuals have been going to have the identical response, I’m undecided I might have felt so assured, but it surely helped within the second.)
My first writing job at New York journal was operating our celebration protection. That meant going to as much as 4 occasions an evening, strolling into an odd room and attempting to get interviews with no matter celebrities occurred to be there. It’s a must to assume quick and you’ll’t have any form of worry issue, which I hope will turn out to be useful on the street.
What instruments — literal and on-line — are you utilizing to arrange?
As a terrific reward to my sanity, Kayak, the net journey aggregator, is working with The Instances to deal with the primary draft of the itinerary, so a minimum of I don’t have to fret about how I’m going to get all over the place or if I’m going to have a spot to sleep as soon as I do.
That leaves me extra time to obsess over packing and gearing up. I’ve been scouring the journey suggestions on The Wirecutter, which was my favourite shopper website earlier than The New York Instances acquired it, and The Strategist, which I’d additionally love even of it weren’t affiliated with New York journal. I’ve discovered a variety of nice blogs with suggestions, like TripSavvy, SmarterTravel, and Travel Fashion Girl, and have pulled concepts from articles by Ashlea Halpern and Paula Froelich, previous work buddies who each left media jobs like mine to journey the world.
I’ve additionally had the brains of two international correspondent buddies to select: Heidi Vogt of The Wall Road Journal, who’s lived throughout Africa and Afghanistan, and Jean Lee, who began The Related Press’s North Korea bureau. I used to be simply on a snowboarding journey with Jean and downloaded her mind for 2 hours (look out for that in a future article).
What’s your biggest hope for the journey?
Is it too tacky to say I hope to fall in love? It’s been a tough street as a single woman in New York and I’m mainly occurring essentially the most romantic journey I may think about. It not going, given how little time I’ll be spending in most locations, however I’m attempting to move into this journey as open to no matter comes my approach as doable, and I promise to put in writing about it if it occurs,
I additionally assume love may are available in many surprising kinds: love of a spot that I’ll need to return to as soon as that is over; a renewed love for journalism within the expansive kinds I’ll be attempting; love for one’s self that comes once you’re stretched to your limits and may see your capabilities.
What about your biggest worry?
Aside from incurring the wrath of Instances commenters? Positively getting sick and being depressing and waylaid for lengthy sufficient that I mess up the entire venture.
Do you assume you’ll make it to the ultimate vacation spot?
Anybody who is aware of me would let you know that I shall be there, even when I’m on crutches and harboring a tapeworm. Carry it on.