Last month, I pulled the trigger on something that had been in the back of my mind for a long time – I started a travel blog. I held off for so long because, unlike the most popular travel bloggers, I don’t have the money or vacation time to travel to different countries constantly. Instead of letting this desire linger in my mind forever, I decided to make it work for me.
My travel blog will include all of my international travel, but it’s main focus is how to explore – wherever you are. In my case, that means finding the fun and interesting things to do in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, as well as trips to places that are within a car or bus ride, like New York City.
Welcome to my blog, Urban Escapist.
First, a little about me. My name is Aisha and I’ve lived and worked in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., D.C. itself, and Baltimore my entire life. Even though this has always been my home base, I love to travel everywhere and anywhere as much as possible.
Since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to languages, cultures, and diverse people. Those interests led to studying Spanish and touches of other languages, living and studying in Peru for a summer, and exploring foods, music, dance, and history from around the world.
I come from an international background myself. I was born in Maryland, but my mother is from Germany and my father is a first generation American with parents from Barbados. The opportunity to visit family overseas has always felt like a huge privilege for which I’m incredibly grateful.
This blog combines my love of travel with another passion: writing. Writing is free and can be done anywhere. Travel is another story. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t able to do the kind of frequent international travel featured on many travel blogs.
Through Urban Escapist, I hope to meet my audience in the middle. Here, you can read about international travel, but also see where I go locally or by road trip when I want a mini-getaway from the stress and routines of daily work life.
I hope this blog inspires you to explore your own city while you’re saving up for those big vacations. Follow my blog and social media to stay up to date with what I’m discovering next. Thanks for visiting!