Kainoa, Stuff We Love, Travel

To Roam or Not to Roam? That’s Never a Question.

In response to There’s No Place Like Home

If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?

I could probably do well living a nomadic life, but as I’ve matured, I’ve developed attachments that keep me tied to a home base. Growing up with little resulted in me valuing stability and comfort. Luckily for me, I have opportunities to break away, to live out of my suitcase for extended terms and to explore the world, while being able to return to familiarity and convenience.

Other cultures have fascinated me my entire life. It has a lot to do with the fact that I began traveling at a very early age. Despite my family not having a lot of money, they still managed to save up and send me on trips to visit relatives and later, to international destinations for hula. Boarding school allowed me to further refine my independence. The love of travel has followed me into adulthood and I continue to find ways to leave home, whether for a day or for weeks at a time, for work, for solo travel, or for hula.


Cultural hula exchange to Aotearoa, age 10.