Finding Myself Offline

It’s not my dream to be a world famous blogger. It’s something I kind of fell into after my 23 Things To Do Instead Of Getting Engaged Before You’re 23 article went super viral (5.2 million hits in 48 hours).  A full year later, and a whole lotta stamps on my passport, I’ve come to terms with this realization: this is not my dream.

It’s not my dream to be tweeting, snapping, and filtering my experiences around me instead of actually living these incredible moments.  It’s not my dream to live without a permeant home somewhere in the world. And it’s definitely not my dream to say up-to-date with the latest trends on what will give me another 15 seconds of fame. For the last two years, I’ve been working full-time in digital media and it’s given me the freedom to travel the world without worry of an empty bank account.  I can work remotely from anywhere, any time, and that’s amazing. But I’m somewhat selfish and I want to live in these moments alone. Sorry not sorry.

Now I’m back in school working on my MSc in Development Studies (Econ) and Chinese.  I plan to take the HSK 3/4 by the end of the school year and eventually, work in government or NGOs in Asia some day.  But for that to happen, I need to settle down and focus on these goals. I know I have it in me, but there’s a whole new level of discipline that needs to be mastered. So that means, less Facebook, less Instagram, less Twitter, and DEFINITELY no YouTube… because I can get lost in that ish for HOURS.

But this isn’t good-bye from me, loves.


Wander Onwards will continue, just less frequently on social platforms, and will one day transform into a language scholarship program from other wandering warriors who want to study less popular languages and disciplines abroad. But you can’t make change without DOLLA DOLLA BILLS ya’ll, so I’m busting out Chinese characters like a Mother Trucker so I can eventually donate 1% of my annual salary to launch this private charity by 2017.

I’m determined to be an “alien with exceptional abilities,” according to British Visa regulations.

But this doesn’t mean I’m coming back to America either. I found my place in the world and a full-time immigrant, not ex-pat or traveler, and I find so much joy in learning new languages, slang, and customs from the people I surround myself with.

Because sometimes you just gotta do you.

PS: look forward to me translating 90s American hip-hop into Chinese and uploading it to Youtube.


About Vanessa Elizabeth

Vanessa Elizabeth is a cultural chameleon currently based in London. She enjoys sports (such as CrossFit and dating), cooking, and demolishing her savings account. When she's not busy blogging about her feelings, she works full-time and practices Chinese with her English/German friends.

  • Elizabetth Anne

    Salvation Mountain!! (Went there on one of my first trips across the US) Do you girl, do you.