A Commitment-Phobe’s Commitment to Travel

Jobs, relationships, apartments, vegetarianism . . . these are all things I struggle to commit to.

Heck, I still even question the college I went to . . . and I graduated 5 years ago! 😂

Always on the hunt for new opportunities and experiences, I fear getting stuck in a rut.

The term “settling down” gives me nightmares.

I recently met up with a fellow traveler I met three years ago during my first solo expedition and we talked about our insatiable need to explore and see the world. I confessed that sometimes I wish I had no desire at all to travel; that I could simply be happy in one spot – stable, committed, and satisfied.

But el oh el then I wouldn’t be RUNAWAY RAPETTI!

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While some people can commit to jobs and places and people for years and years and years, I can commit to something too . . .

TRAVEL!!

Planes, trains, and automobiles – if there’s a ticket in my name, you can bet I’ll be there.

Not only that but it also goes hand in hand with my commitment to always be learning, dreaming, and growing. As much as I loved school, I’ve learned that the best classroom is somewhere right outside of your comfort zone.

I’m a textbook INTJ and yet I choose to travel solo because it gives me two things:

  1. My much-needed alone time. Hallelujah! 😂
  2. The push for ‘extroverted Jackie’ to come out and meet new folks!

Whether you’re a vagabond, a gypsy, or a runaway like me, I hope you enjoy every minute of your journey – and don’t forget to spread kindness and cheer along the way!

Next Stop: Grindavik!

Will you run away with me?!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Long Distance Love

I used to say I could never be in a long distance relationship.

What’s the point?! Sounds mi-s-er-a-bleeeeee.

While it’s certainly not all rainbows and kittens, it’s worth it when you know that person is your person. The distance doesn’t feel as hopeless when you’ve found the person who fills you with hope. But it’s fucking hard. There’s no candy coating that, my friends.

My marine will be home a month from today, for a few weeks, and I’m so so so so so excited. I haven’t seen him since the first day of the year, but we’ve found ways to combat not being physically together. We write cheesy letters to each other (YES, LETTERS. SENT IN THE MAIL!) and every time I get one from him it’s an instant day brightener.

FUN FACT: If you’re sending mail to a military base (even if it’s alllll the way in Japan), all you need is one US stamp! Yay USPS helping out the military folk.

We message each other every day, no matter the time difference, and make time to video chat when we can. It’s not always convenient, but it’s always worth it.

If you’re in a LDR, I applaud you and wish you nothing but the best.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

5 Places I Want To Visit This Year

5 Places I Want To Visit This Year

Happy Hump Day, y’all! I’m filled with a sense of wanderlust today (lolz when am I not?) and wanted to curate a little list of places I’d like to visit this year (but I really mean within the next year…so by this time next year). A lot of people make lists like this at the start of a New Year, but I like to do it randomly throughout the year to keep things exciting! I’d love to look back at this list and have visited all five and then some!

Tokyo

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Thailand

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San Diego

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Austin, TX

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Savannah, GA

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Where are you hoping to go?

Comment below!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie