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Coming of Age in a Bloggy World: My New Age Travel Blog


Well shit, I just labored over a beautiful blog post that elegantly wove a fabric of transition, vulnerability and honest self-exposure… And now it’s gone.

Chalk up one more point for disastrous SE Asian internets and +1 for impermanence lessons.

Now dear reader instead of being treated to my self-proclaimed magnum opus of a blog post you’ll have to settle for the quick and dirty version. It is this:

I’ve resisted it for months, hidden behind a veil of silence and ultimately accepted the course of reality. I am no longer producing “just-another” travel blog, I’m now owning and celebrating the reality of what this blog really is: a New Age Travel Blog.

Particularly recently–but honestly the entirety of my journey–is one of spirituality and healing (plus a hearty dose of playfulness). I’ve been resisting acknowledging this fact, tip-toeing around it, avoiding blatantly “new agey” topics and generally just trying my damnedest to toe-the-line between “on the level” & “outer space”… but as every good trekkie will tell you “resistance [to the reality of my path of self-discovery] is futile…

‘Til now I’ve been too self-conscious about owning up to the monikers and stereotypes associated with this journey however they’re all true: I’m following my path, meditating for inner peace, on a spiritual quest, in the midst of existential crisis, having a career break, finding myself, traveling SE Asia to “do my spiritual thing,” I’m out to lunch, departed from the world of the sane, etc. etc. etc.*

Of course these labels all bely my own insecurities. These labels and cliches are what I’ve been terrified of for so long… but you know what? Fearing them and actively avoiding being associated with “new agey-ness” has only empowered those fears and created internal self-destructive & counter-productive judgements about what I am doing. So here’s the reality and here’s the secret to my whole approach:

I’m following my bliss!
and ya know what? It feels damn good šŸ˜‰

I’ve become a reiki practitioner, smudged spooky hotel rooms, communed with the spirits, meditated with monks, endured abdominal detox massages (OUCH!), received energy healings, contorted myself to the point of injury in yoga classes, let Tibetan singing bowls ring through my cranium, prayed to Buddha at countless temples, lit incense to carry my intentions to the heavens, initiated a relationship with my Guardian Angel, shifted my thoughts into Wordlessness, and am contemplating undergoing a past-life regression. I’m trying to at least, ha.

Yes, by contemporary Western standards I’ve lost it. I’ve detached from reality, I’ve gone off the deep end. But here’s the upside: stepping away from the rat race, slowing down my thoughts, listening to my body, pursuing what feels good–not in the ego-driven hedonistic & materialistic Western sense–has enabled me to feel more secure in my skin and more vibrantly alive than ever before. Furthermore my current “lunacy” has facilitated greater true contentment and enduring happiness than any blockbuster movies, prestigious jobs, spendy handbags or weekly therapy sessions ever have. It’s great & heartily recommend stepping off the conveyor belt of 24/7/365, type-A, work-is-life lifestyle.

So go head and write me off as a new age spiritual freak. Call me a hocus-Pocus bitch or a hippy gone off the deep end. I’d greatly prefer if you didn’t call me those names but frankly, I don’t care that much (and it certainly doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to). I’m exploring my own path and that’s really what this blog has always been about–now I’m prepared to embrace LiveRightTravelFar for what it is: My new age travel blog featuring writings and revelations on the full spectrum of internal and external journeying.

I hope you’ll stick around for this journey. I hope you’ll join me in laughing at the stereotypes and share with me you own efforts to break through whatever paradigms, dualities and realities cause suffering in your life. That’s the whole point of living right: living your honest truth.

Love and bless.


*(for god’s sake, please don’t tell me I’m “doing the Eat, Pray, Love thing… Any of the rest I can stomach. No Julia Roberts comparisons I beg you.)

Author: Lale Princey

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee I grew up weened on hot summer nights chasing fireflies and fall afternoons paddling creeks, climbing trees and kicking up leaves. The past ten(ish) years I called Oregon home and before that I dabbled in Asheville, North Carolina, Madagascar and plenty of places in between. In November, 2012 I broke loose of business suits & commutes for good. Now I test my meddle gallivanting through SE Asia and chasing down the uncommon. Follow my travels at

8 thoughts on “Coming of Age in a Bloggy World: My New Age Travel Blog

  1. Glorious…. thank you… marjean

  2. Wondering if this is new age, or you are just catching up with some tried and true practices of the ages that have been updated and explored as a part of your journey. Who cares? What ever? It is all important and yet none of it is important; is is all understanding, and applying it is the display of wisdom gained. Travel with enjoy, share with love and return renewed. David

  3. Glad to hear you admitting the purpose of your blog since it has been obvious since you started telling the story of your journey.

    Perspective is valuable. Connection is even more so.

    May your journey be healthy and fruitful. Just keep in mind that such a journey has no end or purpose in itself.

    Looking forward to hearing more of whatever you wish to share.

    Peace, Lauren.

    David Wolf Administrative Director Renewable Northwest Project 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 1125 Portland, OR 97204 503-223-4544 971-634-0145 direct 503-781-4287 cell

    Sent from my iPhone.

    • Writing about this inward journey is much more difficult than just coming up with witticisms and observations from my travels. I’m trying to retain my irreverent tone while being honest to my self-discovery and vulnerabilities; it takes far more courage for me than buying a one way ticket or walking alone through a night marked. Exploring the inward journey so publicly is definitely daunting–but I suppose that every “seeker” reaches a point of needing to fully step into themselves, cliches and stereotypes be damned!!

      Thanks for the support šŸ™‚

  4. DAvid says it so well. I don’t think I can addd anything but to say WHOOPIE t o you and for sharing…. and you are prettier than Julia!!!!

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