Welcome to The Roads Traveled!
I’m Mary Gilbert, a writer and blogger who tells stories about people, places, and passions. While I live in Charlotte, NC, home becomes wherever I am at the time, and travel begins as soon as I walk out the front door.
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.
The Roads Traveled captures moments of adventure, discovery, engagement, and inspiration. Often, my travels are extended stays, enabling me to immerse myself more fully in a culture and adopt a local lifestyle.
On the road, I explore artisan food and wine, discover art and culture, learn about history and happenings, and more. From finding apple tart perfection in Paris to clinking glasses with a pioneer wine maker in Napa Valley. From hiking the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park to falling for my Fitbit. From absorbing art at San Francisco’s stellar SFMOMA to breaking into tears at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. From my snorkeling debut on St. John to being locked – literally – in the Tower of London.
As a writer, my need for stories began in childhood 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, leading me to a career in employee communications, public relations (corporate and consulting), and special events. In addition, I’ve produced content for a variety of print and online publications as a freelance writer. In 2013, I created The Roads Traveled blog, more determined to plan my life around travel and tell new stories.
As a traveler, I love that every destination holds the promise of transformation, and it always delivers.
I hope you’ll join me on the road!
P.S. With me most often is my husband and favorite travel partner, Bill Whitlatch.