The Rovin’ Rambler Herself

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Rovin’ Rambler! My name is Tara, and this is my travel blog. A little bit about myself…

I’m a 24-year-old college grad from New York. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved to travel. I think my earliest travel experience was a family road trip to Florida when I was just a toddler (although I only “remember” this through the shaky lens of the video my dad took while we were there. Not that I blame him- it was 1992 and the camera probably weighed approximately 900 lb.) We would go on a family vacation almost every year, ranging from the seashore of Bethany Beach, DE to the reefs of San Pedro, Belize. These were the absolute highlights of my childhood and adolescence, and I always intended to continue traveling as an adult.

Fast forward to college, and my first real taste of travel sans family. My friend Rachel and I decided to do a three-week backpacking trip through Europe, which cemented my desire to continue doing this for the rest of my life. I loved traveling from city to city, never knowing who you’ll meet in your hostel (lots of Australians) or how much wine you’re going to drink (too much).

Me and my fabulous traveling companion, Rachel, in Florence, Italy

Me and my fabulous traveling companion, Rachel, in Florence, Italy

Two years later, I spent a semester studying abroad in Paris. This was the first time I had ever spent an extended period of time outside of the US, and was my biggest lesson thus far in cultural assimilation (or lack thereof). I learned that Parisians are fabulously indifferent to everyone else, and that I would never be French no matter how hard I tried. Yet for reasons that are difficult to put into words, it remains one of my favorite cities in the world. I also squeezed in another amazing backpacking trip with my fellow francophiles, this time through Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and Germany.

The Eiffel Tower is best climbed in below-freezing weather, as soon as you arrive in Paris. Because it's the freaking Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower is best climbed in below-freezing weather, as soon as you arrive in Paris. Because it’s the freaking Eiffel Tower.

Budapest was cool too.

Budapest was cool too.

Upon graduation, I moved to Busan, South Korea with my boyfriend, where we taught English for eight months. This was (to date) the craziest thing I had ever done. I’d never been to Asia, and had never even heard of Busan. It is now one of my favorite cities in the world (I say that a lot), and I am so glad to have lived there.

Alex and me in Gamcheon Art Village

Alex and me in Gamcheon Art Village

My latest adventure has brought me to Malaysia. I’ve been traveling around Southeast Asia as much as possible, and am supporting my wanderlust habit with freelance writing. If you’d like to get in touch with me, feel free to shoot me an email at [rovin.rambler@gmail.com]. Looking forward to seeing you around!

 

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