Uencounter.me has partnered with a number of travel bloggers who share our core values of integrity, honesty, and transparency. Over the next several months, we are highlighting them in our Partner Series. We hope this allows you to get to know them better and remember, you can follow all of their travel and blog posts via their personal pin map on uencounter.me!
The third in our series introduces Cathryn Wellner from This Gives Me Hope [dot] com and several others! We asked her a series of questions and her answers follow:
Please tell us a little bit about you personally:
Living in 34 different homes in five different countries has kept me from sinking deep roots anywhere. It’s also given me a love of travel and of the incredible human variations we find everywhere. After years in community development, I’m now free to focus on my two passions, writing and photography, from a home base in the stunning province of British Columbia, Canada.
How did you decide upon the title and direction of your blog?
Crossroads was easy because my partner and I were at a crossroads and considering moving to Australia. Story Route grew out of my wanting to share gleanings from a decade as a traveling storyteller. Catching Courage was inspired by a quote by Carolyn Heilbrun about how women catch courage from reading about each others’ lives. My newest blog, This Gives Me Hope was my refusal to see the world around us as dark, when there are so many points of light. It’s not a glib, everything’s rosy blog but rather a way of honouring goodness, creativity and gumption.
How long have you been blogging and why do you do it?
I started my first blog in 2008, so friends could follow my 8-month trip to New Zealand and Australia, which included cruising both ways. That hooked me on blogging. Now I have a total of four blogs, each with a particular focus.
What is your favorite blogging experience?
There have been many, but one that really stands out was writing an homage to the college professor whose class was life changing for me – and then receiving a long e-mail from him in return.
What has been your most treasured travel experience?
Spending a year doing graduate studies in France and then traveling for three months with a tiny backpack, two changes of clothing, and a limited budget. The travel bug that bit me then has never stopped biting.
If you could return to any one of the locations you have visited, where would it be and why?
Hard to settle on one, but in recent years I’ve become enamored of Australia’s Great Ocean Road – mile after mile of white-sand beaches, rocky outcroppings, and stunning vistas.
What location is at the top of your bucket list today?
Australia’s Red Center, as I’m drawn to places with spiritual significance. Uluru is a sacred place, and I’d like to learn more about the people who honor the mysteries there.
What I find so much fun about UE is that it’s a digital map I can take with me anywhere, share with friends, and check for other people’s experiences in my favorite places.