A map of where I’ve been since I started this blog, and where I’m headed to next! Just hold the cursor over a location to access the blog posts that I wrote about each place. And don’t forget to subscribe using the floating bar at the top of your page (or at the bottom on the page) so you can follow along and watch as I gradually fill this bad boy up with new pins and blog posts in new and exciting places 🙂
My favorite flavor in the world is the taste of my own salty upper lip. Gross? Yeah, probably. But after completing some of my absolute favorite activities, I lick my lips and there it is. That saltiness. When I’m looking at an amazing viewpoint after a strenuous hike, I lick my lips (in between panting like a dog) and there’s the salty taste I crave. Or when I’m climbing out of the sea after a swim on the little private beach we drove around for hours to find, the best taste is that salty water running down my face and into my mouth. When I’ve spent the last two hours leaning over a hot stove cooking a meal for people I love, that salty, sweaty taste is the best appetizer. Laying in bed following a night of drinking wine and stumbling around under the moon in a strange new city with the man I love, I can lay on my back, close my eyes and taste the salty combination of my sweat and his on my face. And when I’m walking out of the bar with my friends after dancing for hours to music that makes me forget how out of shape I am, I can taste that saltiness while I’m waiting for a cab and dreaming of taking off those goddamn high heels. Those are just a few examples but I think you get the idea.
My name’s Jacquelyn, I introduce myself as Jackie, but over the years my friends and family have decided that Jax is a lot more fitting (or shorter and easier to say). And seeing as you’ll know most of the inner workings of my life, let’s skip all the formalities and just go straight to Jax. I love exploring nature, traveling, laughing (almost more of a cackle sometimes), spending time with good people, cooking, eating, drinking, dancing. But who doesn’t love all those things honestly? My days are chock full of all of that goodness right now though, I’m pretty lucky in that way. After a couple of years of taking trips together, my giant Dutch boyfriend and I decided last year that we were going to get rid of everything and make the move from Seattle to Spain. After some time in Spain we’ve decided to move on to another place for the next big adventure, the next road trip, the next hike, the next crazy night out in a strange city, the next foreign experience that gives us that salty upper lip.
That taste has become nostalgic to me and I’m in a near constant pursuit of it, which has lead my boyfriend and I to some interesting places. After a few years of living my life like this I decided it was high time I started keeping track of it and sharing it with others. So here I am, putting it all out there for you to enjoy along with me. I hope this blog entertains you and inspires you to go out and season your own upper lip in whatever way makes you feel the most fulfilled 🙂
What I’m doing, where I’m doing it, who I’m doing it with, how I’m doing it, what I’m listening to while I’m doing it, why I’m doing it, and how what I’m doing makes me feel.
Going from the scene in Malta to the scene in Sicily was like going from breast milk straight to pop rocks. Malta was so kind, so quiet, so gentle, and just familiar and comfortable enough that I could get around without too much planning. Everyone spoke English, the buses made sense (even if the ride …
Oh man, the last leg of the hike. I rarely set goals for myself, especially not physically challenging ones, so this was an exciting day for me. I had already walked three quarters of the way around Gozo Island, Malta. This section was supposed to be the hardest, the longest, and one of the sites …
I’m a pretty stubborn sick person. I am not the type to go to the doctor, or go get medicine for myself, or do anything but just go through my day as planned feeling terrible. If someone gives me medicine (which the guy at my air bnb did, bless his heart) I’ll take it but …
I’ve always had this romanticized idea about what life would be like if I quit my job and started roaming around the world. I think everyone daydreams about how a life full of travel without expiration would be. Now that that’s my life, I’m learning the reality of what it’s actually like. Sometimes my life is beautiful and inspiring. Then there are times where it’s frustrating as hell. Sometimes it’s a little lonely. And many times it’s extremely normal (getting super wine drunk and screaming about who just died on Game of Thrones for example).
I’m an American (or a ‘Yankee chick’ as my boyfriend likes to say) currently making my way around the world. I’m in search of new experiences, wonderful people, and great stories. My sister says that to be cultured is not just to travel but to experience culture in a deep and meaningful way. I’ll write about my successes and failures at that here for all to see 🙂
This is a travel and lifestyle blog about my experiences with the good, bad, fun and sometimes quite normal realities of my life on the move. I’m excited to share all that it entails with you and look forward to getting a little bit lost with you and having a lot of fun doing it in the process.