Hi! I am Colby Holiday, a go with the flow, photography loving, life enthusiast, with an insatiable heart for wandering. I had my first taste of international travel, in 2006, through an amazing college program called Camp Adventure; in which I was stationed on an American military base in Germany for 3 months as a Camp Counselor. During this time, I was able to traipse through Europe, drinking cheap wine on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower, peruse through the infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam, while pretending to be a lesbian with my two girlfriends to ward off the advances of strange men, and wander aimlessly through the idyllic streets of Venice. I’ve been a glutton for international travel ever since; indulging as much and as often as possible. I have 22 countries under my belt, but will continue to check countries off my Wanderlist, one adventure at a time.
In 2015, I moved to South Korea and taught English as an ESL Teacher. This afforded me the opportunity to live out 2 of my greatest passions; working with kids and traveling the world. It doesn’t get much better than that, right?!
After South Korea, I decided to continue my teaching and adventure endeavors in one of my favorite places on Earth – MADRID! I spent 9 months indulging in the finer things in life; you know, like cheap tapas and siestas, and teaching the most adorable tiny humans you ever did see.
I mean, seriously, look at this adorable face…
However, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with some incredible brands like this one
and this one
. I’m continuing to grow my brand, foster amazing partnerships, and work towards living a location independent lifestyle.
Why World of a Wanderer?
Well, lets see…
Wander (wŏn′dər): v. 1. To move about without a definite destination or purpose; 2. To proceed in an irregular course; meander. 3. To behave in a manner that does not conform to morality or norms.
This epitomizes me, who I am. I have always had a wanderous spirit. This could partially be attributed to the fact that I have the worst sense of direction on planet Earth. Yes, the entire planet. I am constantly getting lost, turned around, and disoriented. Coming from a family that can give you directions including every highway, byway, stop sign, and alternate route in America, I’m not quite sure what happened to me. I must’ve missed the memo, or stood in the wrong line when this trait was being distributed. But, such is life.
I always tell people, “I’m just taking the scenic route, I’ll get there eventually.” And I always do….eventually. This is pretty much the story of my life, I don’t have all the answers, most of the time I don’t even know where I’m headed. I live on a whim. I take detours and venture off the beaten path, I make stops along the way, enjoy the scenery, make memories, learn lessons, and proceed on my journey; following the path of wherever the wind so chooses to blow me. Just like my travels, there’s no itinerary, no definitive plan, I see the big picture, and figure out the details along the way. It works for me, for now. When it no longer works, I’ll fix it.
World of a Wanderer is a glimpse into my wayfaring world. But more importantly, it is a blog aimed at encouraging, inspiring, and showing you how to step out of your comfort zone and see the wonder in wandering (thanks to my amazing friend, Mia, for that tag line). It is a blog about discovery. Discovering the world outside your own and perhaps discovering yourself along the way.