The Superhero Nomad – Story Of A Traveller

By Mary Charie / 28/09/2016

The Superhero Nomad – Story Of A Traveller

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 Travelling is nothing new nowadays, especially with Europeans and Westerners. A lot of travellers describe travelling as an addicting hobby yet an eye-opening experience. Travellers pack their bags and embark on a journey with different reasons, some are just to spend a summer in another part of the world, others are to learn more about the different culture, whilst there are people who take travelling as a way to find themselves.

 

Skyla Sorensen is a 32-year-old girl from Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA took the meaning of travelling to the next level. She is an on and off traveller for the past 15 years, but she travel not just for herself, find out what’s travelling is about for Skyla and why she’s a superhero nomad.

What made you decide to go travelling?

I came from a small town and always had a wanderlust spirit. I just always knew that there was so much more out there for me to do, see and explore.

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 What do you love about travelling?

The freedom and the unknown. You have the choice to do anything and be anything you want and there’s always a chance to learn, create, grow, or meet new people and experience new cultures and food.

 

In your opinion, what is the worst part of travelling?

The middle seat of an economy class flight.

 

What makes your travelling style unique? Or your story unique?

I have found that the best way to experience the world is to be of service in some way to others. I began my travels when I was only 17 and joined Americorps *NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). During that time I built trails in Delaware, constructed homes for low-income families in Syracuse, NY, taught and mentored inner city youth in Brooklyn NY, counselled terminally ill children and their families at a summer camp in Maine, was a wildland firefighter and did a disaster relief for Sept 11.

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Skyla on her firefighting days

After my year of service, I circumnavigated the entire United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia solo for 3 months total but train. From there, I joined the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) at 19 and learned how to rock climb, ice climb, glacier mountaineer, coastal hike, and survive in the backcountry for 3 months.
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A few summers later at 22, I joined another Americorps program and built trails for the national parks in the Alaskan wilderness. Once the season was over, I decided to stick around and hitchhike and backpack for the next 6 months. As a way of financial stability, I decided to be a wildland firefighter in the summer and a snowboard instructor in the winter. I adopted that lifestyle for a total of 6 seasons and at 26 I joined the Air force as an intelligence analyst.

The military took me to Tokyo where I was stationed and eventually met my husband. We have traveled all over Asia, have seen the Great Wall, Taj Mahal, climbed Mt Fuji, Mt Huashan, and climbed to Everest Base Camp. Our military career is now moving us to Germany where we will have the privilege to experience Europe for the next four years.
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Skyla and her Husband when they were in Air Force together

 

If you have a message to everyone who hasn’t travelled yet, what would it be?

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Learn something new every day, create, fall in love, make mistakes, take risks, be messy.
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Skyla and her husband in Everest Camp

What is your message to someone who would love to travel, but full of doubts?

Just take a chance and do it! No matter the experience, it’s either a wonderful memory or a lesson.

What is your main goal of travelling?

To see as much of the world as possible, try new foods, experience new cultures, see the seven wonders, meet new people.
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Do you have any tips to your co-travellers or people who are about to travel?

Pack light! Take lots of pictures and live in the moment.

 

My Story To Inspire

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I think for me, there were two very pivotal points as a young adult that changed the way I decided to live my life and I think in many ways, gave me the travel bug and dedicate my life to service. One was having survived a very abusive relationship where I still to this day am dealing with the physical repercussions of that. Having to persevere what I endured, as painful as it was, the experience eventually gave me wings and gave me the inner strength and courage to achieve some of the things I have done without a second thought.

 

The other is, going through a natural disaster in my hometown where a forest fire leveled about half of the town and surrounding forest. In those few weeks of being evacuated and helplessly watching our small mountain town burn to the ground, that’s what made me want to dedicate my life to serving others and eventually become a firefighter myself. In both of those incidents, I felt helpless and instead of becoming a victim, I found my calling to help others, and my inner strength to help myself. So my message is this: Beat to your own drum, listen to your gut and believe that you are capable of anything! The only person you will ever need is yourself and once you figure that out, it’s incredible what you can accomplish. So take a chance and hold on tight. The ride is worth the risk.

 

>>Follow Skyla’s upcoming adventure through her Facebook and Instagram.

Do you want to share your incredible and unique way of travelling? Email me at amaryroad@gmail.com. Let’s inspire more people to travel <3

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About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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Vyjay - 06/10/2016

Many travel, but in most cases the travel may be without purpose. It is nice to note that Skyla travels with a mission and has contributed constructively to so many noble ventures.

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    Mary Charie - 06/10/2016

    Such a remarkable way to travel. Very selfless and thoughtful about the others <3

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Indrani - 06/10/2016

Wonderful travel and love story!
Nice to read how you are serving the nation and making the best of the travels involved. Great pics.

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    Mary Charie - 06/10/2016

    Isn’t a very unique way to actually travel? I wish I could do the same!

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Subhadrika Sen - 03/10/2016

This is an amazing story. I have always wanted to hear and read about stories of other travellors. These stories are so motivational and inspiring that they make me want to improve myself and better myself all the time. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.

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    Mary Charie - 06/10/2016

    So true! It’s amazing how people have different goals when they travel. It made me evaluate myself from time to time 🙂

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Chris - 02/10/2016

It’s always interesting to see what motivates other travellers, but at the core there always seems to be some common motive 🙂

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    Mary Charie - 06/10/2016

    Indeed Chris, and the fact that mostly, travellers experience the same thing, which is getting to know the world we are living it 🙂

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