Today is a special post for me. I’m so excited to welcome my cousin Devon to the LCC. As mentioned lots before, I’m slowly growing the LCC to include more and more contributors on a wider set of diverse topics. I’ve looked up to Devon since I was little, but even more now that she’s put aside any fears and traveled the world. We’ve teamed up to put together a fun series sharing different tips and tricks, photos, as well as stories from her ventures across country and overseas. Today she’s here to introduce herself. Take it away Dev!
Hey y’all (did I do that right?), great to meet you! Like Taylor said, my name is Devon, and I’m basically just like Taylor, only older, wiser and lacking any sense of style (writing to you in my go-to outfit: gray sweatpants, a Hogwarts tee-shirt and an incredibly large and unshapely thermal-lined flannel that belongs to either my brother or my father). I never thought I’d make it onto a fashion blog without being the subject of some total-makeover scenario, but alas, I am! And I’m going to be talking a little about this super hot trend: traveling. I promise to be cool. So let’s dive into it, shall we?
The name is Devon. Not De-von. Not Dev-on. Devon. It rhymes with heaven. I, like Taylor, grew up in Ocean City, MD. I just received my bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and am now looking to go to law school anywhere that will have me. I lack the commitment to formally declare any serious hobbies, but my favorite food is anything with cheese. I love Sex and the City and my bicycle, and I have never smoked a cigarette in my entire life. This past year I accidently set my grandmother’s car on fire and despite that, my biggest fears are the grocery store and caterpillars. I realize that this list seems pretty whack, but trust me when I say it is all really important if you’re going to be keeping up with me over the next few weeks.
Now that that’s all out of the way, what makes me qualified to talk to you about ~*~traveling~*~? Well, I’m not exactly sure because I feel like I’m just getting started. I’ve been to Central America, the Caribbean and around the United States a few times with family on vacation, to Europe for school trips, to Singapore and consequently the rest of Southeast Asia to study abroad, back to Europe to visit some friends I’d met in Southeast Asia, and then most recently, I took a nearly month long road trip to drive across the United States with one of my dearest friends from high school. When you tally it up, it’s less than 15 countries and their territories, which out of 196, seems hardly impressive. It’s less than half of the United States, and only 3 out 7 continents. But it’s something. Really, I just think seeing new places is really fun, and I hope you will too. So, I’ve been to a few places (notice that I don’t really love the word “traveling”), and the first question I’m always asked when I return is, what country/city was your favorite? And my answer is usually something to the effect of: How the heck should I know?! I don’t! I was lucky enough to go somewhere and now you want me to rank it in comparison to somewhere else?! This usually leaves whoever asked that unsatisfied, so I think I’ve finally figured out how to break it down. Here goes:
Best food: Penang, Malaysia and New Orleans, Louisiana
Most beautiful: Vietnam or The Grand Canyon and other parts of Arizona
Most fun: Thailand
Place that holds my favorite memory: Isle of Skye, Scotland when I was hiking with my buds I’d met in Singapore, in the middle of nowhere, in the dark, with hardly any water or cell reception.
Biggest culture shock: Singapore, Singapore and Beijing, China
Country I would most readily re-visit: China or Vietnam
The next question I always get is, where to next? For once, I can answer that definitively, because next week I will be going to Oregon. And then after that I think I’m going to Myrtle Beach and maybe Charleston, SC with my aunts. But after that I have no idea.
Also, I’m not really sure where Niagara Falls fits, whether it is in or outside of the US, but I’d like to go there too, please. And like…everywhere else. Some of my girlfriends and I are trying to plan a trip for next year and I feel like it’s going to be Mexico. That will be really cool. But anyway, that’s a taste of me. In the coming weeks, I’m going to be talking about a lot of my experiences traveling, but probably in fewer words than this. I will share with you my mistakes, and hopefully they will solicit a laugh from you.
If you can’t wait until the next post and want to know what I am doing at all times, I will be publishing 140 character summations of the mistakes I make in Oregon and elsewhere on Twitter, and photos of the scenery on Instagram. Follow me on either!
Happy trails, Dev
Written and Curated for the LCC by Devon Harman