Welcome to Stowaway!
I’ve finished up part 2 of a multi-part trip around the world and I’m now living in London (my dual citizenship comes in handy). I’m excited to make a new home here. I’m blogging about my trip in real time, and there are several places to catch up on, so stick around!
You can use the menu buttons at the top of the page to find posts on specific places I’ve been, photo series on different themes, and how I planned this trip. It’s interactive–there’s a suggestion box so you can tell me your favorite travel destinations, and a fundraising page in case you want to help me keep going on the road.
Where have I been?
On September 3, 2012 I flew to Hawaii, then to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan. I flew to the UK at the end of May 2013 for my grandmother’s 80th birthday party, then went to Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and the UK again before flying home for my friend’s wedding in Michigan in mid-July. On February 7, 2014 I set off for Quito, Ecuador, where I took intensive Spanish lessons for two weeks. I traveled around Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina for about 5 months. I visited Belgium for a week, and then returned to the UK to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest.
Where to next?
I’m settling down in London for the foreseeable future; at the moment I have some temporary work, but in order for this venture to pan out, I need something more permanent (and better paying!). I’m good at editing, project management, writing, and general office work–let me know if you hear of any openings!
In the more distant future, I’d love to go on safari in Africa, take the Transsiberian Railway to Mongolia, visit the Taj Mahal. There’s so much of the world to explore! (You can read my original itinerary and my travel philosophy at The Plan, In Sum.)
What about the name?
Stowaway, the name of this blog, comes from the poet Roselle Mercier Montgomery, who said, “Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.”
From this post: “Stowaway. It’s about travel, but with a sense of real adventure to it. Sneaking away from the life plan of career, domesticity, etc. Smuggling rough-edged politics into the stately ships of traditional travelogues. Finding the unknown corners of the usual modes of travel, approaching it from another angle. A stowaway is so eager to go someplace that they do whatever they can to get there. A stowaway doesn’t just yearn, she acts. I take that as inspiration and mission statement both.”
Also, I think of this blog as a way for you, the reader, to stow away with me on my travels.
As well as being a travel blog, Stowaway includes posts on social justice and pop culture. Semi-regular features include My Kind of Town Monday (photos of different places in Chicago), Aesthetically Speaking (series of interviews with artists), and Where in the World Wednesday (photos from my travels around the world). Other recurring features include A Country a Month (research on countries I plan to visit), Running the Numbers (budgeting a world trip), and The Headly Surprise (feminist surprises in mainstream movies). Please stop by the Suggestion Box and give me some ideas on where to go next. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
All content is copyright 2009-2015 Lisa Findley. All opinions are my own and do not represent those of my former employers or my affiliates. All text and images are mine unless otherwise noted.
You can contact me at lisa dot findley at gmail dot com.