While trying to write this intro on me, it got me thinking – what is so special about me that everyone would want to read about? I did not sell all my possessions to travel the world endlessly. I did not leave my husband and kids behind to experience the unknown (although some days I am tempted). I did not pack up my entire family for a year to travel with them. No, I have done none of those things. I am happily married with 2 beautiful girls and 2 rescue dogs. I actually have a corporate 9 am – 5 pm job, and a side gig sharing the most amazing cosmetics and skin care while uplifting, empowering and validating women. I am simply a regular person, living what seems like a regular life.
And you know what I realized? I do not need to do any of those things to be special. I am special simply because I am me. Just like you are special because you are you. We are all unique. We have all been shaped by our experiences in life to be the people we are today.
Travel has always played an important part of my life and experiences. The life I had growing up shaped me. I was lucky to grow up in a third world country (Venezuela) that is incredibly beautiful. I was able to visit places there that till this day still fill me with awe – places like Angel Falls, Kavak, Roraima and Morrocoy. I was also lucky enough to grow up traveling outside of the country. We were not rich, but my mom did work for a few airlines and we had family living in Europe, US, and Canada. So I spent time traveling and visiting these places.
As a young adult I spent a summer backpacking through Europe for an amazing 45 days visiting about 12 countries. Sleeping on trains, boats, hostels, people’s homes, and some hotels. As an adult I spent time in faraway places like Australia, and on road trips in the USA with my family, as well as some nice getaways with just my husband.
All these experiences shaped me and instilled a love of travel, a love of exploring, roving…..
Roving Jo is a reflection of all the things I have learned and discovered. The things I continue to learn and discover. It is a place where I can share my excitement about everything travel. Yup, pretty much everything involved in travel excites me. Planning a trip, finding just the right camera bag, eating at that little restaurant all the locals go to, or at that Michelin rated one I have always wanted to try. Finding a great market, exploring a museum, meeting new people, getting a great deal on a hotel or airfare. All these things and more fill me with excitement.
I know for some travel can be stressful but for me travel is a journey that enriches your life. It’s self-discovery. It’s tasting something new for the first time. It’s buzzing cities and never-ending landscapes. It’s thrilling adventures and peaceful retreats. It’s laughing, crying, meeting new people, and a feeling of coming home to a place you have never seen before. Travel is an experience that transforms you. That is what I want to share with you in the hope that I inspire you in some way to set off on a journey of your own.