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VIRTVE’s New VIRTVE: A Year in Travel

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

Indeed, the time has come to reevaluate. Which everyone should do every few months, probably more. Anyway, after three months of living in Costa Rica on my own, there’s a few things that I leaned about myself, and I’m telling all of you, because it’s going to affect VIRTVE as well. Speaking of VIRTVEs, here are some of my new ones.

1. Travel.

For most people, three months in a foreign country would be enough. When I explored Costa Rica, I haven’t been that amped since when I was 17 and first moved to Breck for snowboarding. Not ready to close the line on this kind of adrenaline going through my veins, I’ve decided to commit to the life of a digital nomad (someone who works remote while traveling on a budget). I’m not sure how long, but I know where I’m starting. You’ll have to stay tuned to VIRTVE to find out. Hint: think tannins.

2. Meet new people.

I have mad love for my friends and family in Wisconsin and Colorado. In fact, this is what I missed most while being abroad. However, there’s something exciting to me about listening to people’s stories when I travel, and when I don’t. I have a genuine interest in wanting to know everything about everybody (well, not everything). But it’s been fun putting myself in others’ shoes and learning about why they’ve gotten to where they’re at and why, and where they want to take their lives. I think it’s mind-opening to just listen to people, and with every conversation I’ve had with a new friend, I’ve learned something, too (and sometimes I don’t even understand what they are saying haha). This something is something that can’t be learned in a cubicle (for me anyway). I want to look into people’s real eyes in these next coming months, and hopefully a lot less into my computer’s screen. For a little while at least.

3. Soul search.

If you’ve ever taken time off to actually soul search, you’ll realize it can be a little scary at first. Like really asking yourself, “What do I want?” Then you have an answer. Then being like, “Wait, what do I REALLY want?”. Then as soon as you think you know again, you discover this whole other truth about yourself. It’s fun, and serious, and exhilarating, and scary. I’ve had to pull back a little in my mind, but I’d rather ask myself the tough questions to find out my purpose, then to merely exist.

4. Make mistakes.

This might not so much be a VIRTVE, but more of a reminder to let go in order to learn. I want to run so fast I trip. In Costa Rica, I ended up with a motorcycle burn on my right calf, surfer’s rash on my ribs, and some gnarly cracking in my shoulders that’s just become a part of me (among other things). But you know what? I never felt more stoked.

5. Keep learning.

I’m also not half bad at Spanish now, in love with a new sport that I started three months ago, and have a newfound understanding of an entire culture different than my own. I feel like I have scratched the surface with what I want to learn while traveling (*not vacationing), and I can’t wait to keep stimulating my mind a helluvalot more.

6. Stay (somewhat) healthy.

No, I’m not giving up beer and chocolate (are you kidding, I was born in Mileaukee)? But, to me, healthy is not sitting in a desk for 8 hours a day hunched over. It’s using my body for what it was meant to – walk, run, sit, jump, swim, hike. I have been out of an office going on four months, and I actually feel better. Less grumpy, more lively.

Okay okay, so what does this mean for the blog? It means that the fashion passion (haha) has morphed into some serious wanderlust. It’s time for a shift. A new VIRTVE. Go pack your bags. This is VIRTVE’s New VIRTUE: A Year in Travel.

Always in search of worldly knowledge and broader understandings, Kaitlyn has been freelancing while traveling since 2015. She's passionate about digital content, being environmentally friendly, and surfing. 16+ countries and counting.