You can travel near or far and find adventure
Dung beetles travel with open eyes and an expectant attitude. He treats wherever he finds himself as a new opportunity. Whether you go around the block or around the world, follow DB’s lead to:
- Seek out interesting people to meet
- Discover something different to see or learn
- Expect to find good @#$%! everywhere
Travel creates an exciting and uncomfortable disruption that expands us.
I grew up on Marine Corps bases, moving frequently from coast to coast. Moving is in my DNA even though I no longer change addresses every few years. Now, I have learned to channel my vagabond urges into seeking out the funk when I cannot get to the faraway. I’m lucky to have good friends who share this mindset and are willing road dogs. Together we traveled in a pop-up camper to a redneck/biker wedding where the dress code was jeans and cleavage and we mistook a bobcat for a cocker spaniel.
We love near-by and oft- maligned Galveston Island. Her southern California beach scene is just a short bike ride from a historic district and an edgy urban vibe with the lofts and converted warehouses. Recently we walked along the ruins of the pirate Jean Lafitte’s main house. How had this pirate been able to maintain an elegant lifestyle on an isolated island shared with the native and not-so-elegant Karankawa?
Our “Texasness”travels with us
When we venture beyond borders, our Texan aura travels with us. In a small hotel on a canal in Venice, we were sharing breakfast with a new friend from Australia, when one of our Texas group finally made it downstairs. Mick’s voice was rough from jet lag and he had that unmistakable Lone Star accent . “Is your mate from the bush?” asked our Aussie friend. “No,” I answered, “he’s from Austin.”
How Funky Texas Traveler began
This blog began* a few years ago with an unexpected call on a Sunday morning. Some friends who were having coffee in a little hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico and they were looking for a way to spend a couple of free hours. I’d been in PR a few years before and my friends knew I love to seek out unusual travel experiences. “Where would Linda go?” they asked each other and a few minutes later, we were on the phone.
Why the name – Funky Texas Traveler?
Funky is the search for the off-center, the interesting and the quirky that make an experience memorable
Texas is my adopted home state and the attitude she instills; her people and places are wild, welcoming and diverse. When I travel outside the state or the country, I’ve found locals expect us to be curious and adventurous.
Traveler is for the open eyes and attitude that expects to find good @$!#$% everywhere!
*Writing this blog has also helped me see and do more when I travel. If you have a passion, start at blog and share it! Just click here to get started.