The Year of Travel, Writing and Travel Writing

2010 was a year of reinvention for me.

As a kid, I dreamed of being a writer and marrying Hans Christian Anderson (Don’t ask). But then I grew up and got sidetracked.

That is, until Jan 1st, 2010.

On that day, I decided to pursue my long lost loves of travel and writing. In fact, it finally clicked I could combine them. My plan was to explore as much as possible and submit my writing ideas to a few publications and just… see what could happen. I also started working as a tour guide, which amazingly let me travel for FREE.

Now a year later, I’m glad I changed directions.

That’s not to say I’m THERE yet. I’m still learning the ropes. Many days, I have no idea what I’m doing. I get lots of rejections from editors, or worse, NO RESPONSE at all. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out yet how to survive financially as a freelancer.

But I’m thrilled by the developments of the last year. Here’s a look back:

I took a dreamy junket on Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

I explored the ruins of Angkor Wat

I witnessed the blissed out faces of snow monkeys in Hell’s Valley, Japan

I experienced cherry blossoms in Kyoto and stopped traffic as a geisha

I visited Seattle and hiked Mt Rainier

I went to Los Angeles and saw a best friend get married in San Diego.

I was a runner up winner in an Expat Writing Contest.

I became a regular contributer and editorial intern at Matador Abroad.

I climbed Mt Fuji.

I drank awamori and made friends on Zamami Island.

I played the slots in Macau, China.

I got a 10,000 bug bites at the Temples of 10,000 Buddhas in Hong Kong.

I pet a koala and fed wallaby in Australia.

I published travel articles and people actually read them!

2011 will also bring some life changes… I’m taking a yoga instructor certification course and moving back to the States to the Washington DC area in the summer.

Hey fellow travel, writing, and life lovers, what are your plans for 2011?


20 thoughts on “The Year of Travel, Writing and Travel Writing

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  2. It looks like 2010 was a good year for you. I’m traveling to Washington DC in a few weeks. That’s the start of my travels for the year. I hope you have a great 2011. Keep pursuing your dreams.

  3. Spain in a few weeks! Summer plans are TBA. Write MORE! I really like your list. Lists like that make you stand back and say hmmmm…..I really am blessed to have had these opportunities!

    and PS-I am a hop, skip, and jump from DC. So if you’re ever in WV….!

    • maryrichardson

      Hi Claire,

      I’d love to meet up when I finally make it back to the States. I’m so looking forward to traveling in that part of the country.

      I’m jealous of your Spain trip!

      Thanks for your support for the blog! I’m planning to write more, but just getting settled into the New Year!

  4. Wow Mary, what a great list, and you did this in only 1 year! And the news that you will be leaving Okinawa and move back to the States. How does that make you feel?

    We (of course) have some plans for our family travels. In May we will be visiting NYC for a week. In the fall Turkey and during summer vacation I guess a European trip to a still unknown destination.
    We as travelers need input for our blogs, right? 🙂 I would love to take my blog to a next level, increasing guest post writing and maybe travel articles. Ganbatte Mary!

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Emiel,
      While I’m sad to be leaving Asia, I’m thrilled to start something new! I’ve never lived in an urban big city environment, so I’m excited for all the possibilities that will offer.

      I’m so inspired by all your family travels. I love that you introduce your kids to so many great experiences around the world! Good luck with the blogging too… it’s a process, right? But very worthwhile to meet great other bloggers like you!

  5. Mika

    Hey Mary! I loved your most recent post. How inspirational that you were able to make that change and follow through… and now you are on your way to an exciting new chapter in your life! I might take a leaf out of your book and try to make a few changes myself…

  6. Mary, I have enjoyed all of your posts and correspondence this past year! You are an inspiration and a wonderful writer. Many blessings for 2011, and Namaste 🙂

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