Why the name?

“Not all those who wander are lost…”  -J.R.R. Tolkein

When I travel, especially on my own, I always love wandering: leaving my hostel room in the morning with no set idea of where my footsteps will take me, but soaking up all that I see, hear, smell, observe, and taste along the way. I love the idea of heading out without a set idea of where I will end up–experiencing to enjoy the journey–without necessarily having a destination in mind.  In the end, I find that you often discover something important, interesting, and/or wonderful when you aren’t looking for it.

I started this blog as an homage to my love of traveling and wandering. I had a desk job as an editor at a travel website (I know, I know, not the worst gig in the world!), but after two and a half years of writing every day about far-flung destinations and compiling tons of photo galleries of dreamy beaches and exotic cities, I was feeling the itch. I had to go out and see the world myself. Be a part of it, rather than observe it from behind a computer screen.

Besides, I was less than stoked to cross the threshold into real adulthood, and had none of those “settling down” desires: to climb the corporate ladder in the 9-5 cubicle-dwelling sense, or to take out loans in order to make an investment in real estate, put a ring on my finger, or start a family. Instead, I wanted to wander, galavant, and explore. So I followed my wanderlust and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then later on, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Although I’m now back in the U.S., travel is and always will be the love of my life, and I look for ways to live it out in my day to day. I’m still always wandering and exploring my current city of New York City, and want to encourage you to follow your wanderlust as well.


11 thoughts on “Why the name?

  1. Hey there,
    Was very happy to stumble across your blog– I’m also interested in moving to Buenos Aires! Is there any chance I can email you with a few questions about finding a place to live, etc.?
    Many thanks,
    Lauren S

  2. Hey there,
    I stumbled across your blog while doing a google search for “unlost.” Ironically, “unlost” is the name of another blog that I’m in the works of creating :). Anyhow, I was wondering if you’d be interested in talking (via phone or Skype) or e-mailing with me about your experiences. I’d be interested in writing about you for my blog, as one of my core themes is that “you don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” You seem like a great example of that. By the way, I’m a 26 year-old female and not some “creep on the internet.” I wasn’t sure how to get ahold of you, which is why I left this comment. If you’re interested, please let me know how we might be able to get in touch.


    1. Hey there! I’m not sure if I ever replied, but I would love to exchange some ideas and be a guest poster (or just the subject?) of a post on your blog. If you follow me on Twitter @karenichen, we can send each other some DMs?

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