Traveling, became not only her passion, her favorite way of learning about the world, but her escape from mundane challenges, and her precious time alongside her husband to appreciate the bigger picture of life together. Traveling, provided Avery with spaces and channels in which she could process her thoughts to ascend to a happier place and realize what treasurable aspects of life she needed to retain and reinforce, and what despicable patterns of living she wanted to diminish, deescalate, and discard.
Avery was often humored by the fact that she was welcome everywhere she traveled to, treated as a five-star VIP simply because she was spending, happily contributing to a country’s economy. Furthermore, she could pass for a local in many places she visited because she always explored every corner of a town or a city to the extent that her efforts to mingle and learn earned her many dear friends and helpful allies.
In dire contrast, she could not get past the fact that she had to deal with discrimination and mistreatment in the city she called home! Perhaps Avery’s global interest and open mindset was more agreeable with people who were also concerned with humanity, who were curious about mankind as a whole. She was not a typical Las Vegan, New Yorker, American, Taiwanese, or of any particular nationality. She was most comfortable living outside the box, looking in. She was a World Citizen. She loved traveling with her husband Abbey.
There was no other way to put the sparkle in Avery’s eyes than a mere suggestion such as: “Let’s go on a road trip this weekend…. We need to plan for our winter/summer trips.” And so Abbey and Avery went on numerous road trips and flew to countless exotic locales over many weekends, spring breaks as well as winter/summer vacations. Their life together was full of adventures and learnings. Avery could not find a better partner in life; she was immensely grateful for everything her husband brought to enrich her life. Even the difficulty with her step children seemed miniscule in the grand scheme of things.
As world citizens, Abbey and Avery traveled to the Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. They toured through the European countries of England, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Greece, and Italy. They went further to the Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They circled back to Japan, Korea, and China. Avery welcomed a sense of purpose, a mission to find an ideal mental and physical place. It differed in intent from the youthful roaming thirst during the travels with her ex-husband Tim. She was young and had no home then; she matured and had a charged sagacity of a homemaker now. Would she and Abbey find that ideal place together through life’s journey? Would they combine and merge their worlds to build a healthy life together?
Would they march onward and upward through trials and tribulations in life? Would they reconcile their intrinsic differences as man and woman, father and step-mother, Westerner and Asian? Were they in their own globes or were they fortunate enough to share and converge? What had they learned? What had they taken away with them to the world? What kind of settings would they leave behind and what kind of home would they build? Would it be a better, improved place? Or, would it be another world to cast their injuries and successes in? Avery had faith, and she could only sail with her heart to face fearlessly whatever came her way.