1. You were raised a nerdy traveler. Anyone who grew up in the state of Virginia remembers the school trips to Bull Run, DC museums, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello, and any of the other
handful endless abyss of historical and cultural landmarks across this great state. I mean, do you really expect anything less from a state that produced eight presidents AND Pocahontas?
I was no exception… except that my PARENTS also believed in this educational travel hullabaloo, and I happened to be in a super active Girl Scout Troop (fun fact: it was led by Denise’s mom!). That’s right, I didn’t set foot on an airplane until I was 16, but I saw the Historic Triangle at least 5 times before that and
suffered through was obsessed with every other cultural experience that our state had to offer – from Luray Caverns to the Stonewall Jackson Shrine to every children’s discovery museum in the commonwealth.
no really, this exists.
my 15th trip to Williamsburg, probably.
Well, something in there must have stuck, because I’m pretty convinced that my travel style is very much of the nerdy persuasion, as evidenced by pretty much every work trip that I take.
2. You text your parents while on travel. Ok, so maybe my parents are usually my go-to “I’m alive after that plane ride” folks. But I also insist on sending them 15-photo updates and selfies of what I am doing, mostly because my Instagram followers already hate my quadruple-posts within 5 minutes of landing, and my dad is so into it that he saves every photo onto his phone (Truth. Biko, my sister’s cat, also has his own folder in the camera roll).
High Museum in Atlanta
HEY PARENTS HERE I AM
On Monday, I also texted my parents: “I can’t believe how much I have lucked out. I never would have pictured this three years ago.” The thing is – while I never expected it to be a part of my job, I love traveling for work (which is how the majority of it happens these days – thanks, government!), and I equally love sharing my experiences and my excitement with others – and my parents are incredibly supportive and always
willing eager THRILLED to hear it.
Feet shots are also mandatory.
3. Your immediate instinct when given a destination is to look up every local/regional museum… and then cross-list them by accessibility to the hotel and the quality of their content.
newly installed Gutai exhibition at the Gugg? Hellz to the yes.
4. Martin Luther King, Jr. wins over the World of Coke. No question.
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in ATL – Martin + Coretta
5. You drag your boyfriend to a small photography gallery in an office/apartment building instead of going to the Met. And he happily obliges, until you nearly cry over the stunning $15,000 photo that you now want.
6. You’re not afraid to fully interact with museum exhibitions. Or casually befriend every single employee in the process. While at the Guggenheim in February, I insisted on waiting 15 minutes with the security guard in order to press an alarm-triggering switch on the half-hour for a newly-installed piece.
INTERACTIVE IS THE BEST.
7. You have a sweet program with your job where you get free admission to museums nation-wide. And you can’t think of a better perk for your life.
I got to see this sculpture made of chewing gum – FO FREE!
I contemplated how I could somehow incorporate this into the design of my future home
8. You’re not ashamed to cry in public when a museum is closed.
COOPER HEWITT, WHY YOU NO OPEN FOR ME?!!!
9. You get teared up over the scripting and narrative selection for museums and memorials, and then mass-text your entire contact book to share it with them.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the question. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
10. You know how to take a personal break too – even though it usually still has some type of historical context.
memorial headquarters for my sorority in Atlanta
The best friends are the ones who completely indulge your nerdy travel wishes and get just as excited to run around with you.