About

Hey, my name is Devin, and I’m an 18 yr old college student taking a break from school for a semester to travel to Hawaii’s Big Island and volunteer and live on a small orchard. This site will document my travels and my escapades, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s a little background on how this all began:

I began my first year of college feeling quite disillusioned with…everything, really. While I was doing well in college I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. My major was ‘general studies’ and I was nowhere close to coming to a decision as to what I wanted to change it to so I could transfer out of community college eventually. My home life, to put it quite simply, was getting pretty dreadful, and my part-time job at Burger King felt like it was sucking out a part of my soul every time I went in to work. Again–disillusioned with absolutely everything.

So while I didn’t know what I wanted in regards to a job or a career or an education, there is one thing that I had known for quite some time, and that is that I wanted to travel. Ever since I was a freshman in high school I’ve dreamed of backpacking around the world. Because while I’ve always had trouble grasping the supposed importance of physical things–houses, cars, lots of money–experiences have always seemed valuable to me. The amount of money I make won’t matter one bit once I’m dead–what truly matters (to me, at least) is what you’ve experienced and what you’ve seen.

Yet, for my entire life, this was always just talk. I shuffled along like everybody else, did what I was expected to do, began going to school like a nice, upstanding, respectable man. Began looking and thinking about what I would do for my entire life before I eventually died and it was all over. I just did what I was supposed to do. And it was making me miserable. So, with all of this in mind, I decided I was going to do something. In October I officially got fed up with my situation and began looking at WWOOFing and potentially volunteering on farms and using that as a way to travel. I signed up, paid the fee, and began sending emails like a madman. Two or three weeks and 30+ emails later, I finally had three or so potential hosts. I eventually decided on staying with a host situated in Mountain View on the Big Island (Hawai’i Island), and in late October I made the most drastic decision of my entire life–I decided I would take a semester off of college and I went ahead and bought a ticket to Hilo for January 15th. So yeah, that’s pretty much how I got to this point. Now I just wait for that date and in the mean time I’ll be preparing and doing everything to make this trip go as smoothly as possible (and by preparing I mean freaking out and trying not to think about it). Thanks for reading this and for being at least somewhat interested in what I’m doing–it means a lot.

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  1. Holly-Anne

    Hey,
    What an incredible experience you’re having. Holy crap.
    For most of my life I’ve been super desperate to see the world. I’ve a bit with family, but its always just not enough. I don’t want to just see a tourist resort or take some excursion for a day, I need more. Guess I’m just selfish!
    I live in a small town and I’m just finishing high school. I’m going absolutely crazy here. And I mean this in the nicest way, but your blog is a huge tease. I’m so incredibly jealous of you!
    Please, if you have any advice on managing wanderlust, give me a shout. I’d really appreciate hearing from somebody with such an appreciation for travel. Especially somebody who’s come so far. Around here, travel isn’t talked about much.
    Thanks 🙂

    • That post is so close to the way I was feeling before I did this trip that I could have written that word for word. In high school I dreamed of the day when I could finally leave everything behind and see the world, but when that time finally came travel just didn’t even cross my mind. Thankfully something awakened the wanderlust that I’ve always had, and I began to see that I really could do this. And so I did. I got a shitty minimum wage job at Burger King and just worked and saved as much as I could. I learned about WWOOF and sent emails out to hosts like a madman. And now here I am, typing this to you from the house of some random lady I met at a Kava bar a few weeks ago, just going completely with the flow and letting fate decide what happens to me. Its so awesome and is really everything you imagine it to be.

      My advice to you would be to just do it. Get a job, save some money, and realize that doing something like this is totally within your power. I had no idea what travel would be like, I had no idea about anything, I just bought my ticket and forced myself to go. I spent the last month before I left just freaking out because I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, but thats just something that comes with the territory. The hardest part is doing–once you’ve made that first leap everything else just follows.

      I totally understand no one talking about travel, too. When Ileft everyone thought I was fucking nuts, and I had ‘friends’ saying I was an idiot and that what I was doing was the stupidest idea they had ever heard. But I just did it anyway. And now every single one of those people has messaged or called me and apologized, because now they all wish they were me. Really–just do it.

      Honestly I’m looking for someone to travel around with me, so if you would be interested then feel free to let me know and maybe you can travel around with me–I’m thinking my next destination is going to be Thailand. Sorry if this was all over the place, so incredibly tired, hahaha. But yeah, if you have any other questions let me know. Aloha!

  2. Holly-Anne

    That reply absolutely made my morning! Thanks! And sorry if this is all over the place too, I’m probably too excited to make any sense. A bit embarassing, but true.
    Over the past couple days I’ve been researching travel options I have for the summer. My close relative said that as long as it’s 100% for education she’ll chip in. That’s awesome, but I wouldn’t have any time to explore and learn and the destinations are pretty limited. If I don’t have other options soon, I’ll take her up on it for sure. But since I’m a high school student, the transfers are complicated and there are really only so many schools who will accept a student on exchange AND give them the freedom to actually expirience the culture.
    On the topic of money (how I wish it wasn’t neccessary), I’ve been trying to get a job for ages. Nobody seems to want to hire. I’ve applied at every place in my town that accepts part time students. I can’t get a job outside of town because I still don’t have my license. I should probably get on that.
    I’ll do it. I don’t care if I have to start babysitting every free hour I have or picking up dog crap for my neighbors. It’s happening. I’ll start looking around right now and save every penny I make! It’s not like I have any of my own neccessary expenses right now, so why not?
    My friend’s been one of those people you mentioned, telling me I’m crazy and that it’ll never work and everything. Hearing from you lets me know that there are actually awesome people out there who have my dream and are accomplishing it.
    I would love to travel with you, and Thailand would be incredible. Can you tell me some details? Aloha 😀 haha

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