The Wayfaring Stranger is a collection of memoirs centered on my travels around the world. The journey was always intended to be a spiritual, healing experience but what ultimately unfolded was something much more powerful and life changing than I could have ever imagined. The Wayfaring Stranger is the name of the book I’m writing and also the name of the grassroots tour I’m spearheading, either solo or with a couple of angels who’ve yet flown into my life!
My backpacking journey took me to five countries, starting with St. Kitts in the Caribbean and ending in India, a total of nine months of intense spiritual cleansing and rebuilding. Never in my life before had I fully and truly lived as I did in these nine months. Time and time again, many people told me how lucky I was to have such an amazing opportunity to travel and see the world. These writings are written for those people who want to know what it’s really like to be on the road for so long and who want to know what it’s really like in other countries. My perception is unique to many travelers’ but I firmly believe in raising awareness rather than perpetuating the romanticized versions.
Like my grandfather before me, I travel and write about what I experience, consequently wanting to share with others. I was told that my grandfather wrote about things that made people feel uncomfortable yet were on everyone’s minds. I was told that my grandfather was a radical revolutionary in his own way and that many people did not approve of him. I was told that my grandfather knew all of this but he wrote anyway because he didn’t care what other people had to say about him. I never really knew my grandfather but I’m proud that his spirit lives within me today as I continue his legacy of truth speaking.
Traveling as a tourist leaves me feeling empty inside, but connecting with the locals of each new foreign territory is always exhilarating and furthermore deeply enriching. Over time, I realized that these unique experiences were blessing me with a glimpse into different worlds that I might otherwise not experience, and so I quickly learned to always travel with a more discerning eye than an average traveler. When you travel to a foreign land and you connect with the people and you hear their stories of pain and suffering, your eyes open more to the misery yet beauty all around us and your heart naturally cares more deeply. It is through such magically heart wrenching experiences from which a different style of writing emerged, one that is reminiscent of my early journalism days in school.
When I set out several years ago to explore this big world of ours, I knew that I would learn a lot and that I would have so much fun, but I could have never imagined the transformative impact that it’s had on me. Everything I share is completely through my eyes and my heart. I want the people of the world to know the realities of our home and more specifically, I just want to bring the world to them.
I am very excited to see where this path of faith and trust in Him will take me! I imagine the sacred spaces I’ll be invited into and the heart-connected conversations I’ll have with all kinds of random people. Wherever my path takes me, I always ask myself, “What would Christ or the Buddha do in this situation?”
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