About

Welcome to A Bigger World, and thank you for stopping by! My name is Bridget DeMouy. I first remember having the itch for travel as a little girl standing in my grandfather’s office in suburban Washington, D.C. He had a world map on the wall above his desk with colored push-pins in each of the places he had visited. “I want to go there!” I thought. There…there…everywhere.

In the years that followed, I lived abroad twice—as a young girl in Paris and as a university student in Glasgow. As an adult, I lived in several cities and towns in the U.S. When I had the money, I traveled once or twice a year, though rarely for more than two weeks at a time.

I called New York City home for more than 18 years. I loved the grit and diversity, but I tired of the concrete and crowds. And I still had that itch to experience other places both inside and outside the U.S. I heard of people who traveled for a year or more. In March 2015, I set out to be one of them, selling nearly everything and flying on a one-way ticket to Windhoek, Namibia.

While I planned many things for my travels, I also had no idea what would happen. I wanted to explore the two regions I was most curious about—Africa and the Middle East. I wanted the freedom to roam and to experience the world—and myself—from a different vantage point. What new ideas for my work and my life might surface in that open space?

I started A Bigger World as a way to connect with people while traveling, as well as a way to begin writing again. I had worked in journalism for a brief period more than 15 years before I left New York. Through years of reading contracts at a television network, writing lingered in my mind. The blog, I imagined, could be a path to creativity.

A Bigger World has evolved into a place for stories of people, food, art and natural spaces around the world. In particular, I have a passion for putting a human face on the parts of the globe that are either feared or simply forgotten. I also share about the honest ups and downs of traveling solo and adapting to new cultures. And I offer some of the nuts and bolts travel information that I find helpful when I am researching a place.

My goals are to offer narratives that are meaningful or perhaps just entertaining; to be a resource for fellow wanderers; and to give readers a greater sense of our shared connections with people and places around the world.

Please add your thoughts and experiences in the post comments. And if you have travel questions or suggestions for a “forgotten” place to explore, please message me. I would love to hear from you!

Until the next time —

Bridget

 

6 Comments

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    Greg
    June 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Hey cuz!!

    Just started reading your blog! I am so excited for you. Poppsy’s map inspired me too. I’ve always loved that. Miss you! Be safe!

    Greg

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      bdemouy
      June 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Greg! I hope everyone is doing well!

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    stacey ellingson
    June 29, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Where are you now? I appreciate the info in your blog. I am heading out in early Oct for my career break for one year. I have always wanted to visit middle east as one of my destinations and as a single female traveler was a bit cautious. Reading your blog gave me inspiration and courage to keep that area on the list.

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      bdemouy
      June 29, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Congratulations! That’s exciting–it’s a big jump! I am in Bali right now, but I’ll only be here until July 15. Then I’m going to Georgia for at least a month-6 weeks and then I’m not sure what happens, but I may end up back in Jordan and Egypt for a time. If you’re looking for other places in the ME, I’ve also heard good things about Oman. If you have any questions as you’re getting ready or are on the ground, feel free to get in touch. I’m glad the articles helped!

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    Alison
    December 31, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I can’t remember how I discovered your blog, but I’m glad I did. I enjoy your storytelling and adventuring.
    Alison

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      bdemouy
      December 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you, Alison! I enjoy your storytelling, too!

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