I’ve had a few requests over the past month of people wanting to know more about me as an individual. I know I don’t talk about myself much on this blog and it’s because I find it weird to talk about myself and to share my life intimately with people on the Internet. Of course, most of you readers I feel like I’ve known forever! For the rest, I know you don’t judge and you don’t read this blog to tear me down. Regardless, I’ve always felt it hard to really share myself on my blog, but today I want to tell you a little bit about me as a person. Hopefully that will help you understand the direction of my blog, the reasons I write and the topics I try to convey.
Well, let’s start fresh. Hello, my name is Hannah! I’m 23 and grew up in Bethesda, MD, a suburb just outside of DC. I love all animals, coffee and in the past year and a half I’ve delved into photography and I’m really loving it. I attended Miami University of Ohio where I got my degree in journalism and political science, which is where my real love for writing began. I’ve always loved writing and as young as nine I was writing short stories. To be honest, I go back and read them sometimes and they’re not too shabby! At college I worked on my university newspaper all four years, and by my senior year was Editor in Chief. Unfortunately, this role wasn’t for me, as I prefer to focus on the writing and interviewing aspect than I do over the editing and managing aspect. I guess it’s good I figured that out sooner rather than later, though.
My sophomore year of college I studied abroad in Brussels and that’s where my real love for travel began, and where I met my future husband! While traveling for spring break with my roommate, our first stop was Berlin where I met a Michael, British guy who loved to argue politics as much as me. We hit it off and before long we were doing long distance. This lasted about two years, and we got married when I graduated. Since we got married young I know lots of people think we were “young and dumb” to do it, and a lot of people didn’t understand why, but I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.
After we got married, we lived together in the Netherlands for a few months, before taking the leap and applying for a working holiday in Australia. It was such an amazing decision, and in the next couple of months we packed up and moved to Melbourne. We had such an incredible experience and I never wanted to leave. Of course, parts of it were hard, but I look back on our year there very fondly. And I can’t wait to be going back for a short trip in November (more on that later). We did tons of traveling while in Australia from more remote parts of the country to the bigger cities and, of course, we did an Asia trip as well.
After all of that traveling and seeing new cities and experiencing different cultures, I fell in love with traveling even more than I had before, something I didn’t even know was possible. It was in Australia that I began this blog. It was originally intended to be solely a travel blog, but after a couple of months I realized that there were other things I wanted to talk about as well, not simply travel. I have a lot of interests, so it was hard for me to pick one topic, so ultimately I decided that I would break my blog up into a few different sections, but still try and focus on travel as much as possible. I don’t feel as though I’ve cheated myself out of a blog “niche” because I wouldn’t be true to myself if I were talking about only travel, because while it’s a huge part of my life, it’s not the only part of my life.
While in Australia I worked as a grant writer for the World Literacy Foundation and while I loved it, it wasn’t journalism. Once we returned from Australia (slightly heartbroken at leaving) we spent some time in the US where I worked in retail during the holiday season before heading to the UK, where the original plan was to get jobs and live. That didn’t exactly pan out the way we intended (does it ever?). After many nights of crying and being upset because I hadn’t done journalism in so long, I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was afraid I had no idea how to do journalism anymore. I loved my blog, but it wasn’t a job and it wasn’t what I worked four years toward. I was struggling to find a job in the UK, and I knew it was because I lacked the recent experience of someone who wanted to be a “journalist.” This unfortunately was a cycle that was hard to break. How do you get experience when you can’t get experience because you don’t have experience?
Ultimately, Michael ended up getting a job working for a travel-related company in Berlin and I landed an editorial internship with an English-language magazine here as well. We feel as though we’ve come full circle, since this is where we met over four years ago.
Things of course didn’t go as planned, but that’s part of the fun of life. So now, we’re currently residing in Berlin and I’m working full time again after not working full time in… honestly, I couldn’t even tell you how long. We still travel as much as possible, only now we try and do as many weekend trips as possible so we don’t need to take off any time from work. Upcoming trips include one to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in less than a month (eek!), Singapore at the beginning of June, Boston towards the end of June, and Australia for a week in November.
I hope this post helps you understand more about me and I hope because of that we can begin to connect in a new way as blogger and readers. I want you to understand where this blog comes from and I don’t want to just hide behind my computer as a faceless individual who you don’t feel like you really know. I love bloggers who share the details of their life, because they feel like a friend, not just a person who creates good content. I want to be like a friend to you too, so hopefully this post goes a long way towards that.