Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels… Or DO


As much as I loved the original, as a girl who travels, I refuse to accept the impending doom of the undateable.

A girl who travels is not easy to please. She knows the beauty of the world and the potential of the people in it. She has seen the  sun rise and set on the wonders of the world,  and it has given her hope. A hope that all things in her life will be beautiful, but she will not passively wait. She knows that there is enough difficulty, strife and sadness in this world to drown the sea. Yet, she will journey to the ends of the earth and back again, because she knows that at the end of ever rocky climb there is a jaw dropping, awe-inspiring view that can never be replicated. The blisters, the burns, the muscles that ache are a a small price to pay.  But that is life, and she loves every part of it anyway.

Her heart is a patchwork quilt of all the pieces of places, people and perfect moments that she has left behind. A girl who travels has a broken heart; but she will give it to you anyways. She has love for all things living and all things that once lived. She may be small in stature but she shines with more passion and love than you have experienced in all the moments of your life.

A girl who travels doesn’t need you. She can swim, climb, surf, ski, board and dive. She can defend herself, start a fire, wipe her own tears, hold herself together, bandage her own wounds and yours if you need her to. A girl who travels, doesn’t need you to take care of her, but if she lets you, if you are the one that she truly lets in, then you better deserve her.

She is not perfect, she knows but doesn’t care. For people like her; people who have lived, loved, lost and continue to live with careless abandoned anyway, don’t care either.

Date a girl who travels if you have ambitions of your own. If you refuse to wait for life to simply hand you what want. Date a girl who travels if you are strong enough to watch the plane vanish as she goes, because she will go. Her face will be kissed by a thousand suns and her skin will be caressed by endless waves, but jealousy cannot eat you. She just wants to see the world, but she may also be looking for something, somewhere that makes her want to stay.

Date a girl who travels because she will never bore you. You will not be the hero in all her stories, but you can still be the hero of her heart.  Date a girl who travels because she has a zealous spirit, a smile that can brighten your darkest days, an affinity for adventure, and a head full of extraordinary dreams. She is sensual, strong, titillating, and sharp.

Date a girl who travels… if you dare.

The original:

Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels… Or DO

Grandmotherly wisdom

When I was leaving I kissed her twice, then about five more times at least. It was hard to say good bye. She grabbed my hand as I turned to go and said ’remember what I said now’. Having no idea what she was talking about I encouraged her to elaborate, leaning closer as I could feel she was about to bestow upon me a gem from her 91 years of stored knowledge. “Keep a stick on you, bring it with you”… now I knew where this was going but I needed to hear her say it out load again just in case this was the last time. So I innocently said “ Why Grandma what would I need a stick for?”“To Protect yourself!” she pops her eyes out dramatically when making an important point. “To protect yourself from boys. You need to beat them away with a Stick. Boys are monsters!!”

Grandmotherly wisdom

“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”
George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“How dreadful…to be caught up in a game and have no idea of the rules.”
Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot