Welcome to The Roads Traveled!
I’m Mary Gilbert, a writer with a passion for telling stories as I travel the roads of life – the literal highways that take me around the world from one adventure to another, and the internal pathways that lead to self-discovery.
Maybe you think about travel as author Hans Christian Andersen did, as a metaphor for living fully:
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
Count me in with Andersen.
Travel has expanded my sense of self and place. While I live in Charlotte, NC, I think of home as anywhere I happen to be staying at the time. To me, travel happens as soon as I walk out my front door.
I seek out people, places, and passions. I explore artisan food and wine, discover art and culture, learn about history and happenings, and more. From baking gougères in the Burgundy region of France to food-tripping in Portland. From hiking Pt. Reyes Peninsula in search of the rare Tule elk to falling for my Fitbit. From snorkeling on St. John to being locked – literally – in the Tower of London.
As a writer, I tell stories to form connections – to enlighten, inspire, entertain, and engage with people at whatever road they’re on. To me, storytelling is the essence of communication. My need for stories stems from childhood, beginning with my bedtime plea to my parents to “Tell me a story.” I wanted to know what happened between Once Upon A Time and The End, hoping the characters Lived Happily Ever After. That desire intensified over time, leading me to a career in public relations and writing, producing content for a variety of print and online publications. In 2013, I created The Roads Traveled blog, more determined to plan my life around travel, rather than plan travel around my life.
As a traveler, I love that being on the road holds the promise of transformation, and it always delivers. Travel enriches your spirit and makes you more appreciative of being part of the global community.
I hope you’ll join me on the road, and feel inspired to pursue your own journeys and tell your own stories!
P.S. On the road with me most often is my husband and favorite travel partner, Bill.