I’m Heather, thanks for visiting! I am not a full-time traveler, and though occasionally I’d like to run away to somewhere exotic, I do actually enjoy my job, my husband, and my dog. Not in that order. But I do enjoy vacationing. A lot. I’ve enjoyed lurking on the travel blogosphere (is that still an acceptable word? I don’t know these things) for many years, and finally decided to join in.
The Archaeological Record
I traveled extensively in the United States when I was a kid…up to 43 States at last count. I then became a horse-obsessed girl, and spent days/weeks/months doing nothing but riding and cleaning up horse sh*t. But I needed a break, so I exchanged one obsession for another. After my first trip to Tanzania in 2006, I was hooked. And I’m also a bit of an obsessive organizer, so travel planning came naturally. Sticky notes with lists (yes, I still write many things down by hand…the horror) make me unusually happy. As I’ve gradually been able to travel more and more, I’ve truly realized how much I love researching hotels, reading travel blogs/forums, and booking air tickets. And actually travel, of course. Dear husband (DH) and I were married in 2013, and while he is not a planner, he indulges me (usually…and probably within reason). This wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our dog: we have an adorable Jack Russell-poodle, that will obviously make a few cameos as she runs our life. If you know her, you know I’m not kidding and actually underplaying the horribly controlling nature of our parent-pet relationship.
Because TravelSaurus was taken.
No, but you’ve just been introduced to my sarcastic sense of humor which drives my family crazy. But a thesaurus, if I remember what I learned in 6th grade English (which is nothing), can be translated as a treasure or treasury of words. So TravelingSaurus is a treasury of traveling experiences and drivel. Can you have a treasury of drivel? I hope so.
For a second of seriousness: I really enjoy to write and want to provide tips, stories, pics, and practical information to people–like us–that work full time but also like to see the world or explore where they live. Just because you only have a few days or 2 weeks doesn’t mean you can’t travel! But it does mean that your travel may need to be well-organized, carefully planned (and packed), and heavily prioritized. So much to see, so much to learn.
But for us, travel is just a part of life (albeit an important one); there are so many other things to do, explore, and ponder–both near and far!
Speaking of Other Things To Do…
You’ll see more talk on here these days of multisport. Yep, I set a goal when I was turning 30 to do a half-ironman distance triathlon. You know, one of those things you cross off your bucket list and move on from? Well, I started doing triathlons in 2016 and found out that I not only loved it, I was pretty decent at it. I crossed off the half-distance in the summer of 2017 and am obsessed with the sport. Headed to Ironman Maryland in 2017, for the full whammy. I’ve become good at scoping out destinations where I can swim/bike/run, too!