Welcome to Atlas Abandoned! If you’ve ever dreamed about dropping everything and hopping on a plane to anywhere, then you’ve come to the right place.

My name is Tara, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve used every last cent and bit of free time that I’ve had to travel as much as possible. I think that people turn the concept of traveling into something a whole lot more difficult than it actually is. Sure, it takes some saving and preparation…but in reality, anyone can travel. Seriously, anyone. I promise. At Atlas Abandoned, I want to show you the nuts and bolts of how you can make travel a practical and permanent part of your life.

I’ve spent the better part of my post-grad years traveling and living abroad. I’ve traveled when I didn’t really have the money to do so, but it was important to me, so I found ways to make it happen. No matter what your budget or time constraints are, traveling is possible.

Traveling requires a leap of faith. What happens when your flight gets canceled last minute, or you come down with a case of street meat-induced food poisoning? Globetrotting is not without its headaches, but these difficulties are part of what makes it so powerful and potentially life changing. No matter what has come up, I’ve never regretted a single trip I’ve taken and I’ve always learned something along the way.

In college, I studied abroad in Paris. It not only granted me license both to mock and adore Parisians and their fabulously indifferent ways, but it also planted the idea that living abroad was a possibility. Not to be all “OMG-studying-abroad-changed-my-life,” but it totally did.

When I graduated college, I moved to Busan, South Korea to teach English in a private academy. As I worked long hours, drank soju on the beach, and saved my won, I plotted my next move – which took me to Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I spent almost a year living there, working as a freelance writer and traveling around Southeast Asia. In between and since then, I’ve taken random jaunts whenever I could swing it. My next big trip will take me to Cambodia for the summer. And after that? Who knows!

Sometimes when I tell people about my travels or living abroad, they’ll say, “You’re so lucky! I wish I could do that.” And my response is always the same: You can.

So whether you’re interested in doing some traveling yourself, or would prefer to let your mind do the wandering for now, you’ve come to the right place.

Questions? Comments? Wish I would stop humblebragging about the places I’ve traveled? Shoot me an email at atlasabandonedblog@gmail.com!

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