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travel blogTiny Pilgrim is about seizing every opportunity life gives you – and creating opportunities when you have to. It’s about living to the fullest under all circumstances and appreciating every single beautiful moment you’re given. It’s recognizing the flame in your heart and running with it.

Simply put, this blog is my personal manifesto about breaking barriers and pursuing your passion – no matter what that passion may be. It’s about letting go of what you think you have to do, and reaching out and embracing what to you want to do instead.

I’m hoping to start a movement – or at least join an existing one. And that movement is about shedding distractions and convention in place of freedom and exploration.

We are all the sum of our experiences. And if you ask me, I want those experiences to be extraordinary. Someday when I look back on my life, I hope that my lips curve into a smile, my eyes close, and that my heart beats a little faster as I remember all of the incredible experiences I had.

To me, life isn’t about sitting still. It’s about gripping the armrests of your plane seat as you embark on your first international trip – alone. It’s about sprinting to make a train to Munich. It’s tossing your itinerary and taking a daylong trip up the Rhine River. It’s getting lost and then working your ass off to find your way back.

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It’s riding your bike along the Isar River and stopping to let a herd of sheep pass you by, letting out a full-bellied laugh as you take in the moment. It’s calling a 34-bed hostel room home for a few days, and eating Nutella-banana sandwiches because that’s all you have. It’s finding the strength inside of you to press on, even when you’re exhausted.

It’s dancing your heart out with fellow travelers until the sun comes up. And it’s exploring a city with a group of strangers, and then cannon-balling into a river with them as friends at the end of the day. It’s the people you meet along the way who become a part of your whole journey.

It’s moving, it’s doing, it’s seeing. It’s dusting your fears off your shoulders and running towards your dreams. It’s you defining your passage through time on your own terms, and never regretting a minute of it.

It’s freeing your mind, and expanding your heart. It’s opening your arms to embrace everything, and loving it all.

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“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne