Photo by Patricia Balsley.

1. Don’t you get lonely when you travel? 

Rarely, if ever. I find that traveling alone enables me to meet others more easily than when I’m with a group. It’s rewarding meeting other Rollerbag Goddesses around the world. Plus, I like being able to explore on my own timetable.


When I do feel lonely, sharing my adventures with others through travel stories, photos and my blog makes me feel as if I am never alone. 

2. Where is your favorite place in the world? 

I get this question a lot. It’s a tough one because every place I visit has its own unique wonders, whether it’s the people, the sights, the history, the food…whatever! How can I possibly choose? 

The beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

I will say when I am asked this question, I frequently think of Santorini, Greece. I was awestruck by the beauty of the island, in particular the caldera and the late day light on Oia. In fact, the sunset was so amazing, it actually brought me to tears one night. I had only a little street dog to share the moment with, and that somehow made it whole. 


3. Why do you travel so much?

The world is so beautiful, and life is so short. I want to see and experience as much of it as possible in the time I have on this beautiful planet. 

4. How do you make your living? How do you support your travel lifestyle? 

I’m a freelance writer and public relations professional. Working for myself enables me to have the flexibility and balance I most want in my life, and I have the world’s best clients, who appreciate my ability to be a digital nomad, while still turning around high quality work. Technology enables me to be fortunate enough to do my work from anywhere in the world. 

Home is where the rollerbag is. Photo by Patricia Balsley.


In general, I exercise budget travel techniques. And when I’m at home, I live pretty simply. I am car-free, going on four years now (which is a feat in the upper midwest!), and I live in a modest space where I carefully manage my expenses. I don’t even have a television set.

5. What’s the scariest thing that ever happened to you when you were traveling alone?

Photo by Patricia Balsley.

Once, a drunk man broke into my hotel room and I awoke to see him standing over me. It was an older hotel and the door locks (A single lock. See travel safety tips on this site.) were apparently less than secure. On another occasion, had a woman enter my hotel room late at night. I think I failed to make sure the door latched and locked behind me. Those were both the scariest experiences of my travels.

6. Where haven’t you been that you would like to travel? 

The list is long! I will pretty much go anywhere, but the place that is top of mind right now is Ireland, which I will be visiting in May.

Photo by Patricia Balsley.

7. Do you ever get lost? 

All the time! I have no sense of direction, and have been lost in every country I’ve visited. Somehow, I always seem to eventually find my way. I embrace the sense of lostness, and instead of panicking, I try to figure out what I’m supposed to discover through the experience of being lost. 


Do you have questions for the Rollerbag Goddess? Submit them to: rollerbaggoddess (at) gmail (dot) com.



Charish Badzinski is an explorer, foodie and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to individuals and organizations. 


Find Charish on Twitter: @charishb


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Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World by Charish Badzinski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Based on a work at rollerbaggoddess.blogspot.com.


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