Hi there! Welcome to my blog. Please take some time to explore as many links as you wish. I try and publish new posts at least Wednesday and Sunday, sometimes I get one out on Fridays too. My name is Gwen and I have loved travel ever since my parents instilled it in me growing up. However, we didn’t do much international travel outside of Canada and the Bahamas. Being from the Erie, Pennsylvania area, Canada is really just a long swim for me. Then in college I studied abroad with Semester at Sea and just before graduation I spent a month on a solo trip to Great Britain and Ireland. So I’d say I started travelling in 1990 (the year I was born) and then I started travel writing on my first big international trip of which was in 2011.
I am a biologist and a bit of a science geek. I graduated from Penn State Behrend with my BS in Biology in 2014. However, I have a fascination with the humanities. This love of culture and science has always fueled my desire to travel. I am also passionate about the difference between traveling and being a tourist. My goal is to help people be good travelers, yet add in a bit of tourism. That’s how I travel! Every time I go on a trip, big or small, I come home already planning my next adventure. My mother considers it a bit of a game of “Where’s Waldo”. This desire is part of who I am. Hence why I call this blog “Embracing Wanderlust”. I just go with it. Now I’ve also found someone with a similar passion for travel, my boyfriend Josh, and he frequently shows up in my posts.
I want this to be a friendly and happy community where people can share travel information that may seem common place to some and life altering to others. I know when I started out I didn’t even know what a hostel was. So if you have any questions or suggestions for how I can make this blog better please comment. I can only write about what I find interesting until someone asks about a particular topic. I am still learning every day about travel and about blogging. So constructive criticism is always welcome. Please either contact me or comment anywhere you like. Thank you for visiting and making it the whole way to the bottom of this novel I wrote about myself.
As always, never stop exploring.