The Roving Veghead
I’m Megan, 28 year old Colorado native with an itch to travel.
Who doesn’t have that dream?
I’ve always talked about going to different countries and exploring the cities, eating the food, doing crazy things just for the thrill of it. None of that was much of a reality or even a thought until last year when my friend decided to join the Peace Corps. Listening to her talk about her soon to be adventure down in Nicaragua awakened something inside me. I was, at the time, enrolled in classes so I could apply to nursing school. I had worked as a nursing assistant for 7 years at this point and I loved my job. I was able to help people and I made decent money doing so but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. Nursing was never something I really wanted to go into, if it was I would have done it years ago. So while I was sitting there talking to my friend, I told her how I wanted to sell everything and just roam the states for a while. It didn’t take long for her to convince me that this might be a good idea. As scary as it was, something inside me was pulling me towards this path. So within a week I had dropped my classes and told my family my plans.
My mother, a fellow nurse, was confused. She was supportive, my whole family was, but confused as to why I just don’t finish school and then travel as a nurse instead. This would be a good plan, I don’t doubt that, but it’s not what I wanted. You know when you reach a point and you feel stagnant in life? That’s how I felt. This was the time for me to seize the moment and I was going to take it.
Now, it would be cool to say that I had sold my house within a month and was on the road, but there were a few loose ends that needed fixing first. I needed to figure out what I would do while traveling on the road, where I would stay and what to do with my cats. My house, I couldn’t sell for another few months due to some tax things, so I had time. I’ve done extensive research on this nomad life, everyone does it differently. And I love that there are so many ideas and ways to live. It shows how truly unique people are and how creative we can be when given the chance. What I have found to be the most helpful though is joining other travel communities and reading their stories and experiences in this life style. Many of them are bloggers, for the longest time I was against starting one because I always thought there are so many blogs out there, no one will want read what I have to say. Well here I am, and here you are reading my blog! I’m excited to share my adventure with you through this platform.
As for the other minor details, like work and what not, I haven’t figured that all out quite yet. I’ll mostly be doing freelance work, and figuring it out from there. My first big trip on this journey will begin in December when I fly to Germany with my family. They won’t be with me the whole time, just the first week, but after that I have 2 and half months to go where ever my heart desires.
I bet you’re wondering about the whole Veghead thing. First, a vegetarian lifestyle is rather healthy. Cutting out meat helps reduce heart disease and other health risks so that’s a plus. But this wasn’t the life I chose freely. A few years ago I started developing rashes on my hands, they got so bad that I needed medication at times to calm them. I finally saw an allergy doctor who informed me that I was allergic to red meat. And every time I talk about this story, people tell me about the Lonestar Tick podcast. I’m sorry to say, that I did not get bit by this tick. I honestly don’t know how I became allergic to meat but I am. I fought it for a few months but finally on Thanksgiving day 2016 I said goodbye to all meat. And have been living happily as a vegetarian ever since. I would go fully vegan, but I love cheese. I’m working on it.
This new dietary change has lead me to more home cooking, which is healthier for me and prevents me from getting cross contamination. I think my favorite things to cook are vegan dishes because there are so many steps involved and so many new and odd ingredients that come together to make really fucking delicious food. I love the challenge!
So join me on this journey, try some new foods and enjoy the ride!