Stories from the Road

Devinne | Traveling Wild

I come from a rather adventurous family. Hiking, biking, kayaking, camping and exploring, chances are that on any given weekend you can find a Zadravec out somewhere in the woods, getting lost and loving it. Some of my earliest memories are of camping trips: L.L. Bean sleeping bags squished together in an old tent, the song of crickets and bullfrogs serenading every summer twilight, puffs of cold breath dotting the air of frigid October mornings while we sat huddled around a fire, sharing a hearty hiker’s breakfast.

It wasn’t until much later in my life that I began to fully appreciate the love of nature my early expeditions instilled. A day came when I started finding my own excuses to be outside, planning day trips to state parks and lakes and mountains near home, a day when I began seeking my own outdoor adventures.

So what do you get when you combine a love for the outdoors with an insatiable appetite for travel? You get me, whatever I am, some sort of lady travel-hiker who will plan an entire trip around the ability to visit a particularly scenic rock ledge. It’s certainly a ripe combination for an aching bank account, muddy shoes, and more photos of trees than you could ever know what to do with. But traveling for wilderness adventures has also granted me some very special memories and experiences that I would never have had otherwise.

You’ll see the best sunrises, the most magnificent sunsets. You’ll be captivated by the smallest details of every new landscape, the way the dry fields of olive trees in Andalucia roll across the horizon, the vastness of the mountains silhouetted against a Montana sky. You’ll witness cities from perspectives that few others ever do, and experience countries as they were centuries ago before countries even existed. Travel itself is an adventure, and a fulfilling one at that, but when you visit a place with the intention of exploring its natural beauty, you allow yourself to experience it in a wholly unique way. No matter the destination, any view seems sweeter when your own two feet carry you there.

My love of nature and the outdoors adds a dimension to my travels that would be remiss without. I’ll keep using it as an excuse to jetset across the globe to witness the very best our Earth has to offer, and every day at home to connect with the people I care about the most.

Devinne is the engagement editor for Atlas Addict Quarterly

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