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.