Adventures in Wanderlust: Blaire @lifeofblairepie February 26 2015, 0 Comments

Meet Blaire. She is a natural explorer and wanderer with a gracious spirit and a passion for adventure. Her first solo journey was a 3-month backpacking trip through South East Asia. While traveling on her own, Blaire volunteered with various non-profit organizations along the way helping contribute in any way she could. This ‘voluntourism’ style of travel changed Blaire forever as she discovered a new way to explore the world while helping make a difference. Blaire also lives her mission by serving as a main contributor to BuyConscious.com  - an amazing site dedicated to inspiring people and impactful choices. Check out Blaire's interview below where she chats about her experience backpacking through Guatemala and follow the adventures of Blair on ig @lifeofblairepie. Thanks Blaire for sharing your journey, your gorgeous pixels and for inspiring wanderlust rooted in kind action and social awareness!

Tell us a bit about your adventure...

I took couple weeks backpacking through Guatemala with my husband for my 30th birthday & also to check out a really cool shoe brand called Teysha. All I care to spend free time and money on is travel, so any kind of celebration is reason enough to hit the road!

What inspired or prompted it...

I work with an amazing site called BuyConscious.com. We feature impressive products, inspiring people and impactful choices that help create positive change. One day while researching I came across this awesome new shoe company called Teysha, they employ Guatemalan artisans, bringing more opportunity to the communities they work with, as well as supplying beautifully handcrafted shoes. I loved their boots and was super inspired to go check them out! With my 30th birthday coming up, I thought celebrating in Guatemala while learning about Teysha would be brilliant.

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure...

I love Latin culture and have traveled to Mexico many times...so I was really excited to explore a new country. I had heard amazing things Lake Atitlan and was very eager to check it out. I also couldn't wait to go meet the Teysha team! After reading about all the amazing work they were doing within the community, I was looking forward to finally meeting the founders , as well as the talented local artists they were working with.

How did your friends and family react as you announced this journey...

Guatemala was the 24th country I'd visited, so my family and friends were used to traveling. Guatemala is definitely economically distraught and many people are in terribly desperate situations, so they were somewhat concerned about our safety...but no more than usual. Unfortunately we did run into some trouble...

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure...

Not for this particular journey. Airbnb'd the apt and worked remotely :)

Share your favorite moment of your journey so far...

One of my favorite moments on this journey was when one of the founders Travis took us to meet his employee Cesar, a lovely craftsman who made my Teysha boots. We were brought into his home, which was nothing more than a tin hut held together with tarps and wood...no electricity and mud floors. It was amazing and see how efficiently he was working, with such ease and high spirits, and in such dismal conditions. It was an inspiring moment realizing just how important Teysha was to Cesar and his family and how the growth of the company would help him out of such extreme poverty.

What have you learned so far on this journey...

A lot. I've learned the hard way to listen my my instincts and never ignore my
gut. Unfortunately on our first night we were mugged on our way back to the guest house by 2 men with a knife and large rock. It was a
huge learning experience, because I noticed them following behind us and felt uneasy...but I brushed it off and didn’t say anything. Luckily they didn't hurt us, but stole all our things. As soon as they ran off through my tears I couldn't stop yelling "I knew it! I knew it!" It was a rude awakening to remember no matter how well traveled you are...always stay alert & listen to your intuition!

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream...

I've always loved the Danny Kaye quote "To travel is to take a journey into ones self." I don’t think of traveling as a luxury, I think of it as a necessity -- to learn about myself...humanity, our world. So I would advise anyone looking to take an adventure to think of it as an essential obligation and you'll make it happen!