Bamboo Butterfly

a journey.

admin On September - 24 - 2013

Recently, I went on a bit of a rant on Facebook:

“I still see so many travel writers out there talking about how they travel indefinitely because they want to do something different and not be like everyone else who has a “real” boring job and settles down, gets married, and has kids. It’s like a rebellion in the travel blogging world — people are constantly priding themselves on having escaped the cubicle and taken a “different path.” What I’m seeing is so many people out there doing and saying the exact same thing, the same story over and over. I didn’t think I was brave for leaving the United States though I did, for a short period of time, breathe a sigh of relief that I was escaping that life of perceived doom … life in a cubicle, marriage, etc. But I now realize how arrogant that logic is. As I’ve said several times already, I be…lieve life is what you make it. Even if you have that office job, that marriage and yes, even children, you still can lead an adventurous and fulfilling life. Despite the naysayers. I’m not writing this just because I’m getting married but now that I am, I think it’s offensive to assume that people who follow a more traditional path lead unfulfilling lives. I think it’s high time certain travel bloggers stop acting as if by being perpetually nomadic they are escaping a death sentence. I want to read more about people who lead inspiring and adventurous lives while working in a variety of professions. I know I’ve complained about this before but as someone who loves to travel and enjoys reading about travel, it gets frustrating sometimes when I keep hearing the same thing. Just had to vent.”

I realize that this post (which I affixed in two travel blogger networks) offended some people. However, I don’t regret posting it because I hope that it inspired others to start thinking about life, happiness, and yes, travel blogging — differently.

With that being said, I’ve decided to revamp Bamboo Butterfly. I’ve been hesitant to deviate from my “Asia” theme, but I realize that this blog is not just about Asia.

I created this website as a way to document my own personal transformations, starting with the moment I left behind life as I knew it and moved to Taiwan. At that time, I was a scrawny caterpillar, struggling to find confidence and beauty within myself. Living in Taiwan and traveling through a few different parts of Asia pushed me forward into a cocoon of self-reflection, where I definitely needed to be. I may not fully be a butterfly yet but I believe that I’m continually transforming.

With the grace of God, I hope to become that butterfly one day.

Bamboo Butterfly will now chronicle not only the stories of the time I spent in Asia, but also my adventures in the present and in the future, wherever the road may lead.

Adventure can be had anywhere. Whether one is on the opposite side of the planet or in the middle of nowhere, U.S.A.

People who are passionate about travel and adventure will always find a way to explore the world. And sometimes, the biggest adventures have nothing to do with travel (such as getting married).

We all want a life less ordinary. We all want our lives to be unique and special, full of excitement and passion. But we all already live beautifully different lives. Whether we choose to add adventure and pursue our passions or not is completely up to us.

And so, the story continues. Thank you for being part of it!



14 Responses

  1. MJ Klein says:

    my question to you Rhonda is, why are you reading travel blogs? aren’t most of them written by travel snobs? just do your own thing and let the snobs think they’re better than us.

    • admin says:

      I read travel blogs sometimes because I enjoy reading about different parts of the world, etc. It just gets frustrating when I see some of the arrogant attitudes. I know I shouldn’t care, it’s just sad that some people are this way. Ah, well.

      • MJ Klein says:

        Rhonda, i want to see those snobs in about 30 years from now, after they spent their life goofing off, and are ready to retire – only they have no money, or marketable skills and are too old to work now anyway. lol!

        • admin says:

          Well I think some travel bloggers can do it indefinitely and make a decent living, but the truth is, I think it’s a very competitive field and hard to make ends meet after awhile. More power to those people who can make it happen (and who maintain positive attitudes and aren’t travel snobs). I’m just glad I have made peace with the fact that I can have a somewhat more “typical” career (and that doesn’t have to mean I’m becoming a robot in society), get married, possibly have a child, and still be able to travel and have fun. All is good right now. I just have to vent about a few things now and again. ;)

  2. Constance says:

    I enjoy reading travel blogs as well and I completely understand your where you are coming from. I love to travel and have traveled to many places but I will never be a ‘digital nomad.’ I love the comfort of having my own home and I love my job. For me, traveling is all about the preparation, the planning, the anticipation, the excitement as well as the actual trip!! Personally, different things make different people happy and we are all at different stages in life, so I think as long as you are happy, then let the rest of the world do their own thing!!

    • admin says:

      I agree that different things make different people happy. Perhaps all of us judge too much at times. No one person should
      decide what it is that should or should not make other people happy or what constitutes a successful and fulfilling life! :)

  3. geust says:

    Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

  4. Rich says:

    Hi Rhonda, enjoying your posts.

    Congratulations of your marriage. Marriage and kids can make travel more difficult, but is ultimately much more fulfilling to share with someone.

  5. Patrick says:

    “Dirty Jobs” has lots of examples of people who don’t travel yet do not lead mundane lives =)

  6. Jeremy says:

    Hey there. Good post.

    Since I graduated from uni (Big Ten), I worked and travelled for years around the world (more than 60 countries and counting).

    Now settled in Europe, raising my own kids. Travelling was a fantastic experience but there are other adventures and rich experiences in life beyond travel.

    I still go away on trips once or twice a year (racked up four new countries last year – Macedonia, Bulgaria, Morocco, Oman) but I no longer crave to travel the way I used to do.

    Your butterfly analogy is apt. Life has different phases….it would be sad if I never had a travel phase, but it would also be sad if I never grew out of the travel phase….

    • admin says:

      Thanks. :)

      Sounds like you’ve been a lot of places. That’s great!

      I can’t ever imagine never wanting to travel again (even if I do have a child one day) but
      yes, there are a lot of experiences to be had out there besides traveling.

      I don’t think people have to give up one thing or another. I do think maybe in the case
      of travelers, if you have a family, perhaps the trips won’t be as long.

      It’s good you still get away. I don’t think people should have to give up who they
      are when getting married or having children, though of course, family should come first.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      • Jeremy says:

        not saying people should give up what they love.

        just that I had my fill of travel and now there are other things of greater priority

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