Aaaand we’re back from our week long off grid journey through the Gobi Desert and the Labor Day long weekend– only slightly worse for wear, and grateful for a real bed and plumbing. This week’s Travel Thursday post is being interrupted by an extra special post with an interview I did for Suitcase Six! I was super honored when Sarah invited me to do an interview for her awesome Woman of the Week series, and it was so fun getting to share some of what I’ve learned traveling (photo is a throwback to my time in India, a sunrise boat ride in Varanasi).
I actually met Sarah online through a women’s blogging community, and it’s been such a pleasure getting to read her blog with her wonderful travel itineraries, thought provoking posts about human rights and ethical travel, and inspiring women’s stories. Sarah herself is quite the inspiration with the work she’s doing in the humanitarian sphere, and it shows in her writing and her way of seeing the world. Read below for a few excerpts and head on over to Suitcase Six to get the full interview here. Stay in touch with Suitcase Six on Instagram and Facebook, here and here.
ON DISCOVERING MYSELF
Elizabeth Gilbert has this great video where she divides people into two categories— jackhammers and hummingbirds. She says that jackhammers are born knowing what they want to do, and are super effective on just drilling down on that one thing and accomplishing a great deal. Whereas hummingbirds kind of drift from thing to thing, driven by curiosity, and as a result they provide a kind of cross pollination between realms and ideas. Until a few years ago I thought I was a jackhammer, but I’ve discovered that I am, in fact, a hummingbird.
ON WHAT TRAVEL HAS TAUGHT ME
I think travel is such an amazing teacher for so many different things, but I think the best lesson for me has been learning how to trust myself and the process— to just take it one step at a time and trust that I will get where I’m meant to be going.
ON WHY WOMEN SHOULD TRAVEL ALONE
Don’t be afraid to travel alone. Patriarchal society conspires to control women by making the world both seem and be a scary and dangerous place for a woman alone, and as a feminist I think it’s really important for women to go out and travel by themselves anyway. I think as long as women are scared out of moving through the world as freely as any man would, we will never truly be equal.
Stay tuned for a new Monday Life Lessons post, and all the details for the Trans Siberian Railroad next Thursday!
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Carina Covella is a writer and currently working on her forthcoming memoir, Love Dogs, detailing her six month transformational journey from Hollywood through India. Carina graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University cum laude with a degree in Art History. She also attended the Sorbonne in Paris and studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music through the university exchange programs. Until recently she lived in Mill Valley, California with her wonderful Welsh boyfriend Anthony in a house nestled in the trees, but now they’re off on a two year adventure around the world. When she’s not writing or traveling, she loves to cook for her friends and family.