Ferret out : to search and discover through persistent investigation
So what does “ferreting out the fun” mean, anyway? When I first came up for the name of my blog all the way back in 2011, it never occurred to me that this English idiom would confound my non-American followers. Truthfully, I never expected anyone besides my mom and a few friends back home to read my blog posts.
I “ferret out the fun” on my travels by thoroughly researching the destinations I visit to understand more about the culture and the people that live there. That might not sound like fun to everyone, but I strongly feel that travel experiences are enriched when you dig a little deeper. I’d rather spend a week in one city really getting to know a place than rushing around trying to see as much as possible. I like to admire the art and architecture, eat the local delicacies, learn about the history, and attempt to find and celebrate what makes each place special. That’s not always easy, but these practical tips can help.
When I was a little girl, my parents gave me a beautiful globe that I loved to spin. I would stop it randomly with my finger and look up the spot I landed on in our hard-bound encyclopedias. I was fascinated that so many countries existed in the world and were seemingly so different from the “small-town USA” life that I knew in Virginia. Since taking my first international trip at the age of 15, I’ve had the pleasure of exploring more than 40 countries – several of them multiple times. Often those return trips are even more rewarding.
In addition to several states in the U.S., I’ve lived in Latvia, Tunisia, Taiwan, and China and find that expat life really suits me. I enjoy the challenge of adjusting to life in a new place, figuring out where to shop for groceries and how to navigate the public transportation system – all in a foreign language. My miming skills are on point! Living abroad and fully immersing myself in other cultures has taught me so much about the world, and also enabled me to befriend people I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.
Are you ready for an adventure? Let’s “ferret out the fun” together!