The journey to self

Some people ask me why I travel so much. My answer? Because I'm a curious nut and enjoy seeing the world. I love visiting friends everywhere and making new ones along the way - and immersing myself in another culture has always been of interest to me as well. As a teenager growing up in Joliet, IL, modeling took me to Chicago fairly frequently, which quenched my thirst for greater travel for I began to learn that my world could be bigger than the state of Illinois. After declining a track scholarship in Illinois to pursue modeling, I found myself in Paris, which was an eye-opener in many ways. My first time abroad, it was just me, my Let's Go book (my fellow Gen Xers will get that reference), and a metro map. And with those things I went on go-sees (model talk for castings) and began a new life. As this was pre-internet, mobile phones, and email (now I'm really dating myself here!), I only had my common sense and streets smarts - sharpened in Chicago - to get me through each day. Everyday seemed harder than the day before with the constant rejection, communication issues (my non-French speaking self), and money issues (read: flat broke), but through the tears, of which there were plenty, I also loved it. I learned more about myself navigating this cruel adult world known as high fashion, and came out better for it on the other side. I met really interesting people from different parts of the world, - some whom I'm still friends with today, learned how to grasp the layout of a new city quickly (getting constantly turned around on a foreign subway system will do that to you), and gained more confidence.

These skills would serve me well as my life would continue. Today when I'm anywhere in the world I have a better sense of how to communicate with people, even if I don't speak the language, can figure out a city fairly quickly and easily and have no problem exploring unknown territories alone. I would eventually work as Matt Damon's assistant for a few years and that involved a great amount of ad hoc international travel. Everything I learned in Chicago and during my time as a young model would help me in this job. My mom would come visit wherever we were and she was always amazed at how I seemingly would know a city like the back of my hand. Again, getting lost a few times in foreign countries will sharpen your sense of direction faster than anything else I know.

Takin' it down in Jamaica.

Takin' it down in Jamaica.

On a solo trip to St. Martin.

On a solo trip to St. Martin.

As I make my way through life going to and fro, I can always count on Delta to enhance my journey. I have had the best experiences with them and their customer service is so amazing at every level that I often look as forward to the actual flight as I do to the destination. I love them so much that I don't even consider other carriers anymore (besides their partners). They really are my jam.

Funnin' with Melissa in Ronda, Spain.

Funnin' with Melissa in Ronda, Spain.

On my own in Istanbul.

On my own in Istanbul.

So instead of sitting at home talking about going somewhere "someday" or "when you have someone to go with," go now. Get over to Delta.com, book a flight and just go. GO!

Yours in travel,

T

At the Big Buddha in Hong Kong.

At the Big Buddha in Hong Kong.

Getting down with Santa and Margot in Noosa, Australia. (Gotta love a warm Christmas.)

Getting down with Santa and Margot in Noosa, Australia. (Gotta love a warm Christmas.)

With Ms. Avery at O'Hare airport after her first Delta Flight, on which she did really good!

With Ms. Avery at O'Hare airport after her first Delta Flight, on which she did really good!