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New Traveler on the Block: A Bit About Me

Casey Mullins: Travel WriterHi there, in case we’ve never met, I’m Casey Mullins and I’ve been writing for Babble since 2011. I’ve also maintained my own blog, moosh in indy, since 2006. Why travel? Because it’s a long lost love I’ve rekindled a romance with over the past several years traveling for work and taking little side trips with my family. While I’ve never been to exotic foreign lands or over either ocean, I consider travel something anyone can do no matter where they’re going. There’s still so much for me to see here stateside that I should never want for places to go.

I grew up on a steady diet of camping in the mountains and in every National Park west of Colorado. I grew up in Utah where at least one weekend a month was dedicated to a road trip, usually to the dunes of Southern Utah. I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana where I am three hours away from a dozen more places I love to visit and visit often. While I do dream of far off places, I long to sleep under the stars in Northern Arizona just as much.

Let’s start off with some basics, shall we?

How old were you when you first traveled?

I have photos of me in Yellowstone when I was younger than two. Knowing my mom, I probably went camping a dozen times before my first birthday.

What is your favorite form of traveling: car, bus, train, or plane?

It would be a toss up between car and plane. In a car you can stop whenever and wherever you want, I have dreams of taking a pointless road trip with friends, one where you can stop and see the world’s largest ball of twine and such. However planes, planes take you to far off places much quicker than cars. (Also, I enjoy a good boat ride as well. Wonder why that wasn’t listed.) I do sometimes wish train travel was what it used to be.

Where did you go on your first road trip?

My friends and me, Vegas for New Year’s in 2001. It was a terrible idea.

Where did you go on your first bus ride?

Indy to Chicago. I’m not a huge fan of bus travel aside from someone else being in charge of the driving.

Where did you go on your first train ride?

Durango, Colorado. I would have been younger than 5 because my parents were still married — but I can remember the mountains, the sunshine and the clickety-clack as if it were last year.

Where did you go on your first plane ride?

Orange County, California to spend a week with my aunt and cousin who were way cooler than my own mom and sister. I hope I get to be the cool aunt to my nieces and nephews someday.

Motion sickness? Treatment of choice?

Terribly so. If I have an option to sleep while traveling it’s the drowsy inducing Dramamine. If I have to be somewhat alert, non drowsy Dramamine. If things get really ugly? Zofran. Thankfully as long as I have a full stomach and a view of the horizon I manage to do okay (unless in a small boat or small airplane, then all bets are off.)

Where would you like to go that you haven’t been?

New Orleans and Bali. One is slightly more manageable than the other, but a girl can dream.

Where would you like to go back to?

South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arches National Park and Yosemite. I also have a very weak spot for San Francisco and the Hocking Hills area in Ohio.

Traveling alone or with someone?

Depends, my darling husband — he’s terribly uptight about traveling, but he’s my favorite person to be around. I love traveling with my older daughter solo or all four of us together. I love adventures with my best friend and enjoy sightseeing with my mama.

Your ultimate traveling dream?

National Geographic around the world expedition. 24 days, 9+ stops by private jet. I’m not terribly particular about where we’d travel to, I’d just love to see that much with people as knowledgeable and accommodating as the National Geographic folks. I’ve always wanted to have a photo published in National Geographic, this may be the closest I ever come. (Assuming I could come up with the $70,000 to do it.)

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Original Meme from Bun-Toting Librarian (Who has a far more exotic travel history than me. I have to start somewhere though, right?)

Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy or her Babble Voices site Shutterlovely. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

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