Why All the Traveling

I’ve always taken comfort in being settled, in having a routine and a close-knit group of friends.  And I have always considered my home (even a 400 sq ft studio) to be my sanctuary.  That is, until I made a decision in 2008 that changed everything that I knew and challenged my definitions of routine and normal life.

Some people would say that I’m homeless, other’s would say that I’m a nomad, but I personally like to think that I live in the moment.  With three suitcases packed, and a stomach full of butterflies, I crossed the Canada/US border and started what would be a whirlwind lifestyle.

If I had to label what I do: mobile event marketing.  If I had to describe what I do: altering my schedule to work on a 24 hour clock and completely immerse myself into a marketing role to coordinate, execute and travel with a brand.  The downside: random and long hours, unpredictable schedules and rare opportunities to see family and friends.  The upside: coast to coast travel that I would never do anywhere else, living in hotels (I consider Hilton properties my home, which works out great since I feel at home in 400 sq ft), constantly meeting people and attending exciting events, a flexible (although unpredictable) schedule, and if you haven’t read through the blog yet, you’ll soon realize I have been enjoying some REALLY good food.

You might say that I ‘followed a boy‘, but I would say that I took advantage of an opportunity and jumped headfirst into the unknown.  And because I took a chance on a very unconventional lifestyle, I get to share some pretty cool stories and photos with everyone.

Enjoy, comment, and ask questions.

Traci

30 responses

31 08 2010
Karen

Traci,

I envy your work…and all the places you’ve visited….you’re a lucky girl in many ways…enjoy your adventures…you may need to settle down one day….

Auntie Karen

6 10 2011
Jasan Pictures

Travel….. it always gives us a new feel, a new lesson, a new adventure…

All the best,

Regards,
J
http://mycreationz.wordpress.com

6 10 2011
Anita Mac

Awesome story – I love it! Need any help? I would love to get up and go again! Did it once when I moved to Australia and once when I moved back to Canada.
Have been looking at your photos – beautiful. Looks like you have found your calling! Looking forward to reading more.

6 10 2011
TakeBusEleven

Congratulations on being freshly pressed! Well deserved, your photos of the hot air balloons are absolutely incredible. Out of curiosity, I’m from Vancouver and I am guessing the photo above looks like it was taken at the new Convention Centre by the water? I could be wrong though!

Would you mind sharing what camera you use to take your beautiful photos? I’m still using a point and shoot but would love to upgrade soon.

Keep on travellin’!

http://takebuseleven.wordpress.com

6 10 2011
tracilee

Absolutely correct! I was in Vancouver in March and decided to do the Seawall loop (Started walking at Cambie & Robson and made it all the way around the Seawall until English Bay and had to hop in a cab and make it to an appointment). Good eye!

The majority of the shots are taken with a Nikon D80 with an 18 – 200mm lens – wide angle and zoom in one.

6 10 2011
dadispen

I wish I did the same when I was younger and single. That’s one regret that is almost impossible to correct now that I have a family. Well almost! already started to try travelling with my wife and son…it is not much really but still it is awesome!

6 10 2011
tracilee

I’m definitely taking advantage of this freedom. Good on you for keeping the travel bug alive. Definitely tougher to travel with a family, but a good learning experience for everyone, and tons of fun memories.

6 10 2011
Oranges and Avocados

Okay, you’ve got me. I’m subscribing to travel the country vicariously with you.

6 10 2011
tracilee

Thanks! Come join the travels. The more the merrier!

6 10 2011
Tracie

It sounds like quite the adventure. I’m envious of your travels, but enjoy reading about them. Thank you for sharing.

6 10 2011
gypsymaui

keep travelling and keep sharing…that’s one good life Traci! 🙂

7 10 2011
Tricia A. Mitchell

Hi Traci – I just stumbled upon your blog via your beautiful Freshly Pressed hot air balloon festival posting! Brings back memories from our first ride on a balloon in France’s Loire Valley last summer. It was magical! I also enjoyed seeing your travel images from the U.S. After being abroad for the past 10 years, it’s great to see all the sites with natural beauty that are worth exploring back home! My husband and I are embarking on a sabbatical through Asia for the next few months (of course, I’ll be doing lots of blogging), but I look forward to tiptoeing through the U.S. in the future…
-Trish

7 10 2011
tracilee

Thanks for the message Trish. I’ve been living in the US for 3 years now, but am fortunate to have seen so many cool cities, events and beautiful landscapes. Good luck with your travels, look forward to reading the stories.

Traci

12 10 2011
iamjoe

Hi, I love that sunset picture in Santa Fe (at least I think it’s sunset). I’m nominating you for the VBA award. =) I enjoyed some of your other posts as well, especially the balloon! Enjoy your travels and keep us posted.

15 10 2011
catxdogx

Too good and so colorful and what an experience. My desire is to try hot air ballooning, sky diving and scuba diving.

26 10 2011
Hoo Sze Ling

Living in the moment.

Sounds good to me!

2 11 2011
trialsinfood

wished i could somehow incorporate travel into my work! unfortunately, i work in biotech and do research in the lab.

21 11 2011
pommepal Pauline Carroll

Love your “in the moment philosophy” and way of travel. Photos are beautiful. To all the people commenting they would like to do it your way, it is never to late in life to start. I am almost 70 Jack is almost 80 and we have been wandering around Australia for almost 2 years in a small pop-top Toyota. The lifestyle is great.

14 12 2011
mariawriter

Sounds like you have an interesting life…look forward to reading through your blog and future posts.

14 12 2011
Erin Spens

My husband and I (and now our baby daughter!) are similar. We love moving around… Have you ever found yourself in Detroit? You might like the magazine my husband and I produce: http://www.boat-mag.com

14 12 2011
tracilee

Travel is great isn’t it Erin? What a coincidence, our work base is actually in Detroit. I’ll take a look at your magazine right now!

16 12 2011
olivialalas

Wow! You’re courageous that you travel and live in different cities. I wish i can do that too.

16 12 2011
Nezza@Hella Sydney

I love travelling! I admire your spirit and am doing the same! Here’s to self discovery!

17 12 2011
LoomyaBH

Your’e living the best life ever, I want to do that except I don’t like marketing I want to travel the world in photographic, journalistic mission

17 12 2011
re-connie-flextions

I don’t know where to post this comment, so hopefully this is okay. I wanted to let you know how great your photos are! Good luck with everything!

18 12 2011
Cathy

Hi! I’d just like to let you know that I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You may check it out here http://cathyespiritu.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/the-versatile-blogger-nomination/ 🙂

24 12 2011
lindacee

Sounds fun! I’ll be reading your blog with interest 🙂

18 01 2012
Stranger

I just want to let you know that you’ve been nominated for the versatile-blogger-award. Check out the rules and all on my blog.
Thanks.

19 01 2012
tracilee

Thanks for the recognition! And congratulations on your own VBA!

27 05 2012
racheldeangelis

I love seeing all of your gorgeous travel photos–you really make me want to go on a coast-to-coast road trip! (Maybe I will!) I nominated you for The Lovely Blog Award. You can read bout the nomination here: http://lostonplanetchina.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/my-first-blog-award/ . Keep it up! 😀

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