Hey mister can you tell me what this world’s about? It might just help me out…
I’m Becky Mahan – born and raised in San Diego, a true California girl at heart, and a hopeless dreamer. I have a BA in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. I was set loose from 18 years of schooling fully educated, but knowing nothing about what life is truly about (though I thought I did). I started this site as a way to express my thoughts and dreams, share my adventures with the world, and meet other like-minded travelers.
I traveled domestically as a child with my family and took my first cross-country trip to the east coast with them when I was 15. My first trip without my family was at age 17, with my high school AP classmates to Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. At age 18, I took my first trip – and flight – on my own, back to Philadelphia to see friends. And 9 months later, I was jetting off on my first overseas adventure to London and the Netherlands to visit my Dutch boyfriend. Since then, I’ve been back to Europe about a dozen times – and moved to the Netherlands in August 2011. And I blogged about every trip, much to the enjoyment of my friends and family back home. Though I have since moved back to San Diego, I still travel when and where I can – and I am currently a Community Ambassador for Gogobot. If you’re local, come say hi to me at our events!
One of my favorite songs is Stranger In This Town, a solo masterpiece by Bon Jovi’s guitarist Richie Sambora. It melds my two passions together perfectly: traveling and music. Moreover, it’s the perfect alias for someone like me – a roamer, a wanderer, an explorer, always visiting new places where I am, quite literally, a stranger in their town.
I want to see the world, explore new lands, meet new people, learn new cultures and traditions. I’m a firm believer in education through experience, broadening one’s mind through exploration, and acceptance through exposure. It truly is a small world after all, and each of the planet’s 4.5 billion inhabitants has a story to tell. My love of travel combined with my passion for writing cultures a deep curiosity for that story, and an itch deep within keeps me yearning to find it. My lifetime aspiration is to look back at my past and know that I lived.
When I’m not traveling or writing, I’m wandering around in a childish euphoria at Disneyland, spending time with my awesoe friends and family, and explaining the Harry Potter saga to those unfortunate souls who choose to watch the movies without picking up the books.