Hi, I’m Grace!
Welcome to Girl Gone Wandering!
You probably stumbled upon this page through one of my posts want to know a bit more about the person behind the sometimes sarcastic, sometimes somber voice.
- Canadian-identified—born in Los Angeles, USA to Taiwanese parents, grew up in Vancouver, Canada
- That person at barbeques who drinks all the wine, tells embarrassing stories about myself, and asks if the food is done yet every five minutes
- Extremely accident-prone, read: sprained my right ankle by falling into a pothole in Istanbul, sprained my left ankle by falling down stairs in Paris, spilt coffee on a white dress on the way to the airport, left my house keys in the office fridge, etc. etc.
- A Sagittarius, because of course
- Liberal, open-minded, friendly, and accepting of all people from all walks of life so long as they are not harming anyone else
- On a solemn mission to experience every place and every thing life has to offer
- Solo travel
- Large dogs
- Electronic music
- Belgian beer
- Telling stories
- Sci-fi & fantasy novels
- Naps on the living room floor in the sun
- A good debate
The story behind ‘Girl Gone Wandering’
In high school, I was a bespectacled, anti-social nerd who liked telling stories. I wanted to write a book about a girl who gave up everything she knew and bought a 1-way ticket across the ocean to pursue something more for her life.
At 20, I was fresh out of university with a degree in English Literature, five figures of student loan debt, and no idea I wanted to do with my life. I scrounged $2,000 CAD working odd jobs and, with no plan, put myself on a 1-way flight across the ocean.
As Robert Frost writes in my favorite poem, The Road Not Taken, “Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.”
And so way led onto way. I returned to Vancouver a year later and spent the next four years building a life and career only to be heartbroken by it all.
Again, I put myself on a 1-way flight across the ocean. I traveled through 20 countries and moved to London, U.K.
I never did write that book.
I got to live it instead, and I’m still living it today.
This blog is hopefully acceptable compensation to my younger self.
Here are some things you’ll find on this blog
In addition to telling stories, I created this blog to tell show that travel isn’t something reserved for the rich elite—it is a very feasible way of life for very normal young women like myself.
Here is some reading to get you started.
- Travel 101 – tried and true tips from yours truly
- How I afford to travel so much
- Where to go, what to see, who to meet
So, what are you waiting for? Get outta here!
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