Hello there! After 2 years of Girl For A Clean World I’ve finally decided to start a blog and share a bit more about my sustainable lifestyle and travel adventures. For this first blog post I’d like to share a little bit about me and why I do what I do.
About Me: I’m a 29 year old Mexican American from Chula Vista California. Both of my parents are from Tijuana, Mexico (you might have heard of it) and migrated across the border to California. My first language is Spanish and up to this day I speak it fluently and frequently. Growing up, our parents would take my sister and me on Baja camping and beach adventures. Being exposed to nature from an early age influenced me, it made me really appreciate it and want to protect it. I studied International Security and Conflict Resolution with an emphasis on Environment and Security at San Diego State University and have worked mostly in environmental education since finishing up my studies.
What I’m doing now: For the last 2 months I have been traveling in South East Asia with my boyfriend Fernando. We traveled Laos for 3 weeks, then 2 months in Thailand where we also volunteered with various permaculture projects. We’re the kind of travelers who don’t plan much ahead, so I’m not sure what’s in store for us. For now we’ll stay a few more days in Georgetown, Penang and then make our way to another volunteer project here in Malaysia. Our return date to California isn’t set, but it’s definitely sometime this year.
Why I quit my job and came to travel: For 5 years I had been working as an environmental educator with great non profits in San Diego. It’s the kind of work that’s very rewarding but also demands high levels of energy and enthusiasm, and I was feeling tired. When the opportunity came up to travel with Fernando, I was doubtful at first, but the more I thought about it the more I realized I did want to see the world and take a little break. So here I am!
Sustainable Travel: For a few years now I’ve made an effort to live a low-impact life according to my values. I drastically reduced my waste, stopped buying unnecessary items, and changed my diet. But I wasn’t going to stop just because of travel. Fortunately, Fernando and I share similar values and that makes it easier to travel accordingly together. On this blog I’d like to share how we keep our sustainable lifestyle while on the road in countries where we don’t speak the language.
So that’s a little bit of my life in 5 paragraphs. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, or would like to read about, just let me know!